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Review: 2013 Academy Awards Wrap-Up
The 85th Annual Academy Awards aired on Sunday as host Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy” TV series) kicked off the show with a seemingly endless opening of flat jokes, admitting that he knew he was going to be “the worst Oscar host ever.” I have to give MacFarlane points for that, and the enchanting moments where he sang and danced, but he wasn’t fit to lead a show like this. Perhaps the Tony Awards would be a more suitable act for him.
It was a big night for Ben Affleck and his film “Argo,” which won Best Editing, Adapted Screenplay and the top prize of the evening, with first lady Michelle Obama announcing the winner from the White House. Affleck was snubbed in the directing category but blissfully accepted Best Picture, thanking fellow nominee Steven Spielberg and his own wife, Jennifer Garner, for “working on [their] marriage.”
“There’s no one I’d rather work with,” Affleck said.
“Life of Pi” also walked away with a slew of awards, including Visual Effects, Original Score, Cinematography (boxing out Roger Deakins of “Skyfall”) and a surprising Best Director win for Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain,” 2005). While I don’t think Lee should have won over Steven Spielberg (“Lincoln”), it is fair because making a green-screened 3D film can’t be an easy task.
“Lincoln” led the race with a whopping 12 nominations and only won two – Best Production Design and Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, the biggest “saw that coming” moment of the evening. Day-Lewis is the first actor to have ever won three Oscars in the leading category.
The odds were definitely in favor of Jennifer Lawrence, who beat out Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”) for Best Actress. She may have taken a nasty spill while walking up to the stage to accept her award but she recovered and gave a short but sweet speech.
“You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that’s really embarrassing, but thank you,” Lawrence said. It is hard not to love her.
“Django Unchained” didn’t go home empty handed. The film picked up two statues, including a well-deserved Best Supporting Actor win for Christoph Waltz and Original Screenplay for writer-director Quentin Tarantino. In his acceptance speech, Tarantino announced that this year is the “writer’s year.” Love or hate the man, he can write dialogue like no other.
After winning every known trophy out there, Anne Hathaway faked yet another surprise when she snagged Best Supporting Actress for her heartbreaking turn in “Les Misérables.” Despite her approach, she gave a very gracious speech, honoring her collaborators.
While it wasn’t the longest Academy Awards’ show, it was still four hours in length and it sure felt like it. You can view the full list of winners below.
Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Anne Hathaway – “Les Misérables”
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman – “Brave”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
Chris Terrio – “Argo”
Robert Richardson – “Life of Pi”
William Goldenberg – “Argo”
Jacqueline Durran – “Anna Karenina”
“Searching For Sugar Man”
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell – “Les Misérables”
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Mychael Danna – Life of Pi
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
Adele and Paul Epworth – “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
Production Design: Rick Carter, Set Decoration: Jim Erickson – “Lincoln”
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Shawn Christensen – “Curfew”
Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers – “Skyfall”
Paul N.J. Ottosson – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes – “Les Misérables”
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott – “Life of Pi”