Sunday, February 24, 2013

85th Academy Awards Post Show Review

So how did I do with my predictions?   20 out of 24.  Bam!

In general it was a lackluster Academy Awards.  Here are my thoughts:

Seth McFarlane was OK but not exceptional.  The first few minutes of stand up were a little rocky, but once he got going with the musical numbers and the bit with William Shatner, he hit his stride.  Though, as he alluded during his monologue, he was no Tina (Fey) and Amy (Poehler).  Not even close.

Pretty much all of the presenters and acceptance speeches were lame.  (Though the genius that is Daniel Day-Lewis brought some unexpected and welcome comedy and Affleck ended the night with some much needed emotion.)  It always surpises me that the greatest entertainers in the world can't be entertaining without an A-list script.  And when, oh when, will they finally do away with the technical awards speeches?  No. One. Cares.

The James Bond tribute was terrible.  How could they not bring the actors who played James Bond on stage?

There's something wrong with the music categories when the soundtrack for 'Les Mis' isn't eligible because the music isn't original (except for 'Suddenly').  It's the best film music of the year, along with 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' which didn't even score a nomination.  Besides blowing the Director nominations, this is the most egregious nomination error this year.

It's already a long show.  Did we really need Barbara Streisand's unnecessary tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at the end of the In Memorium?  (I know, I know, her voice is like buddah.)

Below is a summary of the winners.  (Those I got right are in green, and those I got wrong are in red.)

Best Picture: Argo

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz  (This was a huge surprise.  And I'm sorry Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn't the surpise.  But Waltz was great, and I'm just glad it didn't go to Robert DeNiro or Tommy Lee Jones.)

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway

Best Animated Feature: Brave

Best Director: Ang Lee  (Quite surprising and extremely undeserved.  This is like salt in the wound for Affleck.)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo

Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained

Best Foreign Language Film: Amour

Best Doc Feature: Searching for Sugar Man

Best Original Score: Life of Pi  (This surprises me.  It's simply not worthy.  It should have been 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' which didn't even get nominated.)

Best Original Song: Skyfall

Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Best Cinematography: Life of Pi

Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina

Best Production Design: Lincoln  (Not too surpising here.  This was a tough category.)

Best Film Editing: Argo

Best Sound Editing: Skyfall  tied with Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing: Les Miserables

Best Makeup: Les Miserables

Best Animated Short: Paperman

Best Live Action Short: Curfew

Best Doc Short: Inocente 

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