Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD | bio

I watched the 80th anniversary of the Academy Awards last night with hundreds of millions of viewers around the world. I loved the spectacle of beautiful women in their gowns and jewelry, and I can never get enough of Colin Farrell and George Clooney.

My taste in men is easily discernible — bad boys and the unattainable, both with that certain twinkle in the eyes. It was a night of fantasy and romance and, to this viewer, quite possibly the best Academy Awards night ever.

The great breakout for me was Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova winning best original song, “Falling Slowly.” The duo co-starred in “Once,” an indie film made in less than three weeks for $100,000. The disbelief and joy on the faces of these two risk takers who never expected to hold an Oscar was so uplifting. “Make art!” a tearful Hansard shouted in his Irish brogue as he clutched the statue. “Make art!”

Then their time was up, just as the Czech Republic-born Irglova was about to speak. In what may be an Academy Awards first, host Jon Stewart invited her back to the stage after a commercial break. Irglova used that second chance to encourage those who harbor creative dreams. “Our song was all about hope,” she said. “Never give up hope.”

Tom Hanks surprised us all when he introduced American troops in Baghdad who presented the nominations for best documentary short and announced the Oscar winner, “Freeheld,” by video. It was heartwarming to see these young men and women included in Tinseltown’s biggest night.

Our gal Helen Mirren presented the best actor award to Daniel Day Lewis for “There Will Be Blood.” She was the most articulate, the most elegant and the most poised of all the presenters. Lewis couldn’t get close enough to her as she walked him out, her face full of joy and pride in his success. She was funny and oozed sensuality.

Steven Spielberg was shown in a brief clip toward the end of the night, describing how he felt when he heard his film “Schindler’s List” had just won the Oscar for best picture. He said something to effect of, “I suddenly felt flushed, like I was having a menopause moment.” (And readers, if you have the exact quote, please share it in the comments.)

Who would have guessed it? A great filmmaker talking up his feminine side. First football legend Bill Parcells, and now Spielberg — one day at a time, we are moving menopause into the mainstream. So, ladies, when we have those warm feelings produced by hormonal volatility, we must remember that these are Oscar moments.

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  • 22bavar February 28, 2008 at 4:02 am

    you are so right, colin farrell and george clooney were the hottest, i love them both. colin is gorgeous with his long hair and he was so sexy in tuxedo.

  • Christine C. February 26, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks, Diane!

  • Diane Kaslow February 26, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Steven Spielberg’s exact quote on Oscar night was “I remember when they announced my name, everything warmed up. I mean…feeling like of flush of – I don’t know – male menopause.”

  • Barbara Thornbrough February 25, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Great job in summarizing the oscars. Keep up the spunky and yet serious articles.