Another year, another great Oscar ceremony.
Aside from honouring the year’s best in films, this year’s ceremony also took on the theme of music in film in order to acknowledge the contributions that great music makes to turn a film into a box office hit. Seth MacFarlane’s only-slightly-funny antics aside, music took the centre-stage this year. The night saw plenty of old-school Broadway stage performances from host Seth MacFarlane, the cast of “Les Miserables”, the cast of “Chicago”, Shirley Bassey as well as modern renditions from the likes of Adele, Jennifer Husdon and Barbra Streisand.
The most part of the ceremony passed with little to no surprises as to award recipients.
“Argo” took home the biggest award of the night for Best Picture along with two for Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay, but director Ben Affleck was snubbed in the Best Director category. Of course, who needs a little statue for directing when you can have the First Lady, Michelle Obama, personally announce that your film has won Best Picture. The live feed from the White House took everyone by surprise. The Academy explained that it approached the First Lady to hand out an award because of the fact that this industry inspires so many young people; their ambitions, passions and imaginations. Ang Lee took home the directors’ nod from The Academy for directing “Life of Pi”. Along that note, “Life of Pi”, the film that no one expected that much out of, bagged four statues out of a whopping eleven nominations tonight. Ang Lee took to the stage to publicly thank Fox studios and a hypothetical “movie god”, for taking a leap of faith with this film. This is Ang Lee’s second win as Director since “Brokeback Mountain”. Quentin Tarantino didn’t get to receive the award for his direction of “Django Unchained” as most were expecting, but his film nonetheless claimed three awards, including Original Screenplay. Accepting the award, Tarantino let out a triumphant proclamation that “This is the year of the writer!” in reference to the high quality of writing that came with both the Original and Adapted Screenplay categories this year.
Daniel Day-Lewis led the predictable array of wins for actors and actresses in both leading and supporting roles. Day-Lewis’ portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln”, for which he reputedly made himself remain in character nearly 24/7, was backed by a win for Actor in a Leading Role; a win that everybody saw coming even before the rest of the nominees were announced. While many were secretly rooting for the adorable nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, it was ultimately a predictable win for Jennifer Lawrence for her role as a neurotic widow in “Silver Linings Playbook”. This marks a long string of wins for Lawrence through the 2013 award season and cements her place as a bona fide actress despite her young age. Anne Hathaway picked up the award for Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of Fantine in “Les Miserables” and couldn’t help but tear up a little as she accepted her first Oscar on stage. Christoph Waltz received the award for Actor in a Supporting Role for playing a bounty hunter in “Django Unchained”.
Aside from Daniel Day-Lewis’ historic win that marked the first time that an actor has picked up the Actor in a Leading Role award for the third time, the Oscars this year were also marked by a rare tie between “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall” for Sound Editing. In a nutshell, despite its lack of surprises, the Oscars managed to entertain with a very apt theme for the year and the great musical numbers that accompanied it. Even Seth MacFarlane did a pretty decent job of hosting the show (taking into consideration the fact that somebody finally made Tommy Lee Jones smile in public). Of course, this doesn’t mean that he’ll do it again. When asked if he’ll reprise his role as Oscars’ host in the future, Seth kept his answer short and sweet: “No Way.”
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