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.