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85th Academy Awards Wrap Up

What a night! Seth Macfarlane hosting went much better than expected, a good balance of controversial mixed with a little class, he defintiely went above and beyond to show his love for song and dance. As far as the musical numbers go, the theme of a tribute to Musicals became a bit self-serving – with the main musical dance number featuring Chicago (which just so happened to be produced by the Producers of the Oscar telecast). It feels a bit strange to pay tribute to musicals and only really litter it with mainly modern films.

ben-affleck It was certainly an interesting evening, it felt like so many categories were completely up for grabs. I do feel like Roger Deakin’s was the biggest snub of the night, Skyfall was the best looking film I’d seen this year by far. Christoph Waltz totally deserved his win, despite the odds being in Tommy Lee Jones’ favor for Best Supporting Actor. I was definitely a bit surprised at Tarantino’s win, while Django was a great, entertaining film, beating out the detailed research that went into ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ and the amazing script Kushner wrote for Lincoln, I definitely didn’t see him winning. When Ang Lee took the Best Director Oscar for “Life of Pi,” I would not have been shocked to see it take Best Pic. But in the end, “Argo,” prevailed. On my own personal predictions, I got 17/24 correct, which, for the record, is my worst year for predictions – ever. The highlights of the evening were definitely Daniel Day-Lewis’ speech, and Ben Affleck’s energy filled closer.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Picture

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Director
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Short Film – Live Action:

Foreign Language Film:
“Amour” – Austria

Animated Feature:

Short Film – Animated:

Documentary Feature:
“Searching for Sugar Man”

Documentary Short Subject:

Original Song:
“Skyfall” (“Skyfall”) Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Original Score:
“Life of Pi” (Mychael Danna)

Original Screenplay:
“Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino

Adapted Screenplay:
“Argo,” Chris Terrio

“Life of Pi” (Claudio Miranda)

Film Editing:
“Argo” (William Goldenberg)

Visual Effects:
“Life of Pi” (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott)

Costume Design:
“Anna Karenina” (Jacqueline Durran)

Production Design:
“Lincoln” Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)

Makeup and Hairstyling:
“Les Miserables” (Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell)

Sound Mixing:
“Les Miserables (Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes)

Sound Editing:
“Zero Dark Thirty” (Paul N.J. Ottosson) and “Skyfall” (Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers) (tie)


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  1. I liked the little classic song and dance numbers at the very beginning, seeing the stars shine in ways they usually don’t was interesting. They could have gone further with that, I could have done without All That Jazz. It was a fun year to watch!

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