Seth MacFarlane tried his darnedest but it just didn't cut it for me. Movie musicals were the theme of the night and unfortunately the show ended up being too much like the Tonys and not enough like a celebration of the greatest movie awards in the world. And what was up with only celebrating the musicals released in the last decade? It makes sense knowing the producers. But what about Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Funny Girl or for that matter musicals like Newsies, Hairspray or even the current Pitch Perfect? Time to expand your horizons folks.
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From thereon in, it was on the technical awards which I did pretty well predicting with wins for Life of Pi, Les Miserables and Anna Karenina. Brave won Best Animated Feature Film over Wreck-It Ralph which I felt was a big surprise. In the end, it was lovely to see Brenda Chapman become the first female director to win for animated feature. She had a long journey with the film which ended up with her being replaced with Mark Andrews but she got to have her moment and dedicate the Oscar to her inspiration, her daughter. Hard not to get emotional there. Ralph, you have my permission to go wreck out your frustrations.
Also what was up with John Williams score being used throughout the ceremony? I also heard the scores from E.T. and Jurassic Park. A nice way to honor Spielberg and his longtime collaborator even though neither of them won yesterday. The Academy did a great new initiative this year by having film students onstage to assist with the awards instead of models. For the first time, I did quite well in the documentary short, documentary feature and most importantly, the sound categories. I would have been two for two if it wasn't for that unexpected tie, the last time that happened was 1994.
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The rest of the acting awards predictably went to Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables, Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook and Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln. I surprised that the light emanating from Meryl Streep and Day-Lewis onstage didn't blind us completely. His speech was both funny and moving.
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Things I loved:
- Ted pronouncing 'Argo' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' in his very Boston accent. Nailed it! Ted was also surprisingly well behaved. And Mark Wahlberg not getting freaked out by the surprising tie in the sound editing category. "No B.S."
- The Von Trapp family bit, that worked, we should have seen more of that. But it didn't look like Christopher Plummer was amused.
- Hugh Jackman, the only one to assist Jennifer Lawrence when she fell on the stairs. Can he win just for being the coolest guy ever?
- Stephen Spielberg getting choked up whenever anyone won for Lincoln (which sadly only occurred twice). It's okay, you'll get them with Robopocalypse next. That'll show 'em.
- Suraj Sharma getting all teary eyed when Ang Lee won. All that was missing was Richard Parker to round out the trio.
- Edited to add: I can't believe I forgot to add Quvenzhane Wallis' mean muscle look. Even Denzel Washington is amused.
Best motion picture of the year
"Argo" Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained"
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables"
Best animated feature film of the year
"Brave" Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Achievement in cinematography
"Life of Pi" Claudio Miranda
Achievement in costume design
"Anna Karenina" Jacqueline Durran
Achievement in directing
"Life of Pi" Ang Lee
Best documentary feature
"Searching for Sugar Man"
Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn
Best documentary short subject
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Achievement in film editing
"Argo" William Goldenberg
Best foreign language film of the year
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
"Life of Pi" Mychael Danna
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
"Skyfall" from "Skyfall"
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Achievement in production design
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson
Best animated short film
"Paperman" John Kahrs
Best live action short film
"Curfew" Shawn Christensen
Achievement in sound editing
TIE"Skyfall" Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
"Zero Dark Thirty" Paul N.J. Ottosson
Achievement in sound mixing
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Achievement in visual effects
"Life of Pi"
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
"Argo" Screenplay by Chris Terrio
"Django Unchained" Written by Quentin Tarantino