Happy Friday and welcome back to The Daily Courant, your pocket guide to the latest reporting from Puck.
Today, we lead with Matt Belloni’s second annual Awards Season Awards—a totally subjective, news-nugget imbued, partially grievance-based salute to Hollywood’s interminable Oscar season.
Then, below the fold: Tara Palmeri explores the budding Mitch McConnell-Steve Daines bromance, and Fox News’s devolution into the black sheep of the D.C. press pool. Julia Ioffe joins Peter Hamby to discuss how Putin’s nemesis became Oscar bait. Tina Nguyen and Ben Landy break down the unraveling of CPAC. And on The Town, Matt grills Academy C.E.O. Bill Kramer about changes to this year’s broadcast and lessons from the Slap.