So you’re putting together the Motion Picture Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony, and you need a big name to host. Why not geek cultural icon, Professor Xavier and Jean Luc Picard himself, Sir Patrick Stewart? A match made in heaven. Sir Patrick, who seems to always be in the mood for such sport, is game for the event.
And what does he do? He brings the Shakespeare.
I love it. It’s a small thing (he ad-libs Puck’s “If we shadows have offended…”) that many people probably saw as a throwaway line. But we know better. We know that over four hundred years ago, before CGI and special effects were a thing, Shakespeare was in the business of putting dreams on stage.