The 85th Annual Academy Award show took place on Sunday, February 22.
This year’s Oscars ran like any other year’s- too long and very little in the way of surprises. It was nice to see the dancing and musical numbers being performed again. I like the salute to musicals and James Bond.
There were some nice moments during the broadcast such as the opening performances. Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron dancing to “The Way you Look Tonight” sung by Seth McFarland was adorable. Loved Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe’s song and dance number. When will these two be in a musical together? Adele gave a great performance of her song “Skyfall”. Oscars have been missing these musical numbers. The cast of The Avengers even minus Scarlett Johansson was nice to see. I also thought the cast of Les Miserables led by Hugh Jackman gave a great live performance. Would be great to see and hear them all sing the entire musical live on stage.
Most of the winner in the main categories had acceptance speeches that were spontaneous, gracious and heart-felt. Do go on stage and thank the people who helped you campaign and deliver the performance that got you on that stage in the first place. Don’t act like your win is a big surprise when you have won all the other awards prior to the Oscars and then try to throw in some feel good blurb in reference to your character’s plight.
Many of the acceptance speeches were genuine and humble save for Anne Hathaway’s insufferable acceptance speech. Christoph Waltz acknowledged the other actors in his category and praised Quentin Tarantino. Jennifer Lawrence acknowledged her near face plant and wished fellow nominee, Emanuelle Riva a happy birthday; thus making her speech less about praising herself. Her speech was brief and real unlike Anne Hathaway who tried so hard to do what Lawrence did so effortlessly. You could tell who was the cool girl in the group and who was the insufferable overachiever. Daniel Day-Lewis barely batted an eye for his third and history making win. He joked and showed what a true talent does when you win – be gracious and thankful. You are winning an Oscar not a Noble Peace Prize. Adele was emotional and truly happy for her win. Ang Lee acknowledged all the people who helped makeLife of Pi a reality when everyone else said it couldn’t be done. Ben Affleck’s speech was the stand out of the night. He acknowledged his first win years ago for Good Will Hunting and his stumbles along the way to get to this moment. He showed why he is becoming one of the top filmmakers of his time. Even Quentin Tarantino made his speech about the actors that helped bring his characters to life. I was bummed that George Clooney didn’t get to speak because he always gives such great speeches. He is a class act for knowing to let Ben Affleck have his moment.
Here’s a list of some of the winners:
Best Picture: Argo – Producers Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables
Best Director: Ang Lee for Life of Pi
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained
Best Original Song: “Skyfall” from Skyfall Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth