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"What a babe!" I said. "He's so old!" she countered. This was the exchange my daughter and I had while watching the most recent (2,895th) Annual Academy Awards. Sure, this was months ago, but I am still stinging from my youngest one's carbon-dating methods. And the object of my art appreciation wasn't Martin Scorsese or even Jack Nicholson. George Clooney is old? Tell me it's not so! But, then, all things are relative. To a 15-year-old, 46 is beyond medieval; it's positively ancient. And the producers know this, too, which is why they at least try to mix it up. This is a show where the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by an actress who wasn't even born when the honoree's biggest achievements were being realized. My daughter wasn't out of diapers when Robert Boyle was celebrating his 85th birthday party, but Nicole Kidman is someone she can relate to. OK, Nicole Kidman is in fact older than Mr. Clooney, but you get my point. At least in the mind of ...