85th Academy Awards Wrap Up

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.

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Film Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Film Review: Zero Dark Thirty

When Kathryn Bigelow announced that her follow up to “The Hurt Locker” was a film about the hunt for bin Laden, I was a bit concerned. While a manhunt has a different feel than a war film, I was worried that the two films would draw a lot of comparisons. While I enjoyed “The Hurt Locker,” [Read Sam’s Review of The Hurt Locker Here] the movie dealt with the psychological aspects of combat rather than portraying an accurate story of the Iraq war. This is not the case with “Zero Dark Thirty“: Bigelow and Mark Boal set out to tell (as accurately as they could) the story of the hunt for bin Laden.

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85th Academy Awards Nominees

85th Academy Awards Nominees

The 85th Annual Academy Award nominees have been announced this morning via Seth Macfarlane and Emma Stone – much of the nominations are obvious, and only a few surprises. I was sad to see Leonardo DiCaprio snubbed again, this time for his work in Django. Also, notably absent are Ben Affleck for Argo, PT Anderson for The Master, Tom Hooper for Les Misérables, and Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty. What are your thoughts and predictions? Check out the list below!

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