After this little bit of patter, Meryl Streep and Lilly Tomlin could, in fact, now get a 2-picture deal at Touchstone for wacky comedies. But even despite that, watching people do faux-Altman on the stage of the Kodak theater is like watching them do Noh theater or Thai shadow puppets; an interesting-yet-archaic reminder of a bygone age. ... Much like Altman. Following in the footsteps of prior Honorary Oscar winners like Akira Kurosawa, (Kurosawa famously accepted his Honorary Oscar by noting "I still feel like there's so much I don't know about film. ..." ), Altman managed to be modest, celebratory and gracious about his work and his craft. in what may have been one of the night's classiest moments.