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Oscar Winners: Bad Ceremony Wraps Up Awards Season

Sorry for not posting more often these past few weeks. The awards season kind of slowed down and the lack of reality-competition shows accounted for the lack of coverage. (I have been working on my personal awards history and you can look at those in the left-hand menu!) The Oscars were last night and the bad ceremony helped wrap up an awards season that went out with a whimper.

The Oscars looked like ‘anything could happen’ in the predictions from most experts. This year was the most up-in-the-air in a while, but most of the winners went to the perceived favorites. There was a lot of chances for upsets but the academy didn’t go for any surprised. Argo expectedly picked up Best Picture along with Adapted Screenplay & Film Editing. After it clinched those two smaller awards, it was pretty clear that Argo was the clear favorite. Life of Pi went home with the most awards with 4 trophies: including Best Director for Ang Lee. Spielberg looked like he might take it, but the technical achievement of Life of Pi pushed Lee slightly ahead. This is Lee’s second win for Best Director. And it’s the second time he won the award with the film winning Best Picture.

The ceremony itself was lackluster to say the least. Seth MacFarlane opened the show with a solid monologue that went on a little too long. Most of the bits were pre-taped and could’ve been scattered throughout the show. Instead of having a 15 minute opening: he should have just focused on the jokes and the musical performances. He didn’t do anything else all night and it would have been better to spread out the Sally Field bit and the Flight sock puppet reenactment to make MacFarlane more prominent. The musical tribute montage of Chicago, Dreamgirls and Les Miserables was the highlight of the show for me. All of the performers were solid and sounded great. The producers of the show know how to produce a good musical showcase. I wish they had put the same kind of effort into the rest of the show.

Until next year! Thanks for reading all of my awards updates and keep my blog bookmarked to see what’s coming up in the future!

Winners List for the 85th Annual Academy Awards:

Best Picture:
Argo – Ben Affleck, George Clooney & Grant Heslov

Best Director:
Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Best Actor:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Actress:
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress:
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Best Original Screenplay:
Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Argo – Chris Terrio

Best Animated Feature:
Brave – Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman

Best Documentary Feature:
Searching for Sugar Man – Malik Bendjelloul & Simon Chinn

Best Foreign-Language Film:
Amour – Michael Haneke

Best Film Editing:
Argo – William Goldenberg

Best Cinematography:
Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda

Best Original Score:
Life of Pi – Mychael Danna

Best Original Song:
Skyfall – “Skyfall” – Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth

Best Production Design:
Lincoln – Rick Carter & Jim Erickson

Best Costume Design:
Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran

Best Makeup:
Les Miserables – Julie Dartnell & Lisa Westcott

Best Sound Mixing:
Les Miserables – Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson & Mark Paterson

Best Sound Editing:
Skyfall – Per Hallberg & Karen Baker Landers
Zero Dark Thirty – Paul N.J. Ottosson
*Tie! First one since 1994.

Best Visual Effects:
Life of Pi – Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliott, Guillaume Rocheron & Bill Westenhofer

Best Animated Short Film:
Paperman – John Kahrs

Best Documentary – Short Subject:
Inocente – Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine

Best Live Action Short Film:
Curfew – Shawn Christensen