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85th Oscars: Re-cap

I originally planned to avoid most of the Oscars, only to tune in for the acceptance speeches and the performance of Skyfall.  But between one friend’s company and the fact the host was actually churning out some good jokes, I remained invested.  While the show did drag towards the end, I think it was an overall good watch–and certainly better than any episode of Family Guy.  Those who know me know that the fact I’m not condemning MacFarlane is a double-take-worthy surprise in and of itself.  Let’s just say the reason why is because the jokes had context, reason and place during the show.  But no one cares about that any more, what we care about are the awards handed out.  Here are my thoughts:

The show got off to a great start with Christoph Waltz winning Best Supporting Actor (again).

First upset of the night was Brave winning Best Animated Feature; seriously, does anyone even have to argue the fact that almost all of the other nominees were more deserving?

Life of Pi’s many wins were well deserved.  I’m especially glad that Ang Lee took home the Best Director award and am glad my concerns for John Williams snatching Best Score were misplaced.  It should’ve won Best Film Editing too, but I’m fine with Argo grabbing a couple small accolades.

Am I the only one who wasn’t that engaged with Adele’s performance?

The tie for Best Sound Editing was a surprise (thought it was a joke at first).

Lincoln winning Best Production Design was the second upset of the night for me.  Everything looked good and authentic, but The Hobbit was more imaginative and creative while Les Miserables was at least interesting to look at.

Best Foreign Film, Best Original Song, Best Supporting Actress and Best Lead Actor.  One word: Yawn.  I would’ve loved to see anyone besides Daniel Day-Lewis win just so everyone would be thrown off (and because it wasn’t the best performance from last year).

Bringing the film students out and not letting any of them speak I found pretty short-changing.  So much for “helping present the awards.”

Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Lead Actress made the night for me.  Also, Doug Walker (aka Nostalgia Critic) said he wanted Quavenzhane Wallis to win just so she could say “I’m the man!”  I got no argument against that.

The acceptance speeches from Daniel Day-Lewis and the crew of Argo were both great; the other acting acceptance speeches were short but good and earnest.

A couple upsets and boring choices aside, I think this was a great Academy Awards.  They might be expected, but upsets are upsets.  Would’ve liked the surprises to come in the form of awards that were actually deserved, but you can’t win them all.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2013 in Blog, Film, Movies

 

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85th Academy Awards: My Picks & Predictions

The Academy have their opinions, I have my own.  And though I do not intend to watch the Oscars in their entirety, due in large part to the host (so sue me), I can still anticipate what will unfold.  Some of the categories won’t be included here, as I haven’t seen or heard of enough of some of the movies to make a fair call.  Others I’ll simply list what I anticipate to win.  Anywho, let’s dive into the 85th Academy Awards, predictions versus my picks.

Best Visual Effects

My Pick: Life of Pi
Prediction: Life of Pi

Best Sound Editing

My Pick: Skyfall
Prediction: Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing

My Pick: Skyfall
Prediction: Argo

Best Original Song

My Pick: “Before My Time” by J. Ralph (from Chasing Ice)
Prediction: “Skyfall” by Adele (from Skyfall)

Best Original Score

My Pick: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Prediction: John Williams, Lincoln

Best Makeup

My Pick: Les Miserables
Prediction: Les Miserables

Best Film Editing

My Pick: Life of Pi
Prediction: Life of Pi

Best Costume Design

My Pick: Les Miserables
Prediction: Les Miserables

Best Cinematography

My Pick: Life of Pi
Prediction: Life of Pi

Best Art Direction/Production Design

My Pick: Les Miserables
Prediction: Les Miserables

Best Animated Feature Film

My Pick: ParaNorman
Prediction: Wreck-It Ralph

Best Original Screenplay

My Pick: Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Prediction: Amour, Michael Haneke

Best Adapted Screenplay

My Pick: Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell
Prediction: Lincoln, Tony Kushner

Best Supporting Actress

My Pick: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Prediction: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Best Supporting Actor

My Pick: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Prediction: Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Lead Actress

My Pick: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Prediction: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Lead Actor

My Pick: Denzel Washington, Flight
Prediction: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Director

My Pick: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Prediction: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Best Picture

My Pick: Silver Linings Playbook
Prediction: Lincoln

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2013 in Blog, Film, Movies

 

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