The Oscars 2013
The 85th Academy Awards took place last night on Sunday 24th February. Below is the full list of winners from the evening with added mishaps, thrills and prestige.
Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Short Film (Animated) – Paperman
Best Animation – Brave, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Best Cinematography – Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Best Hair and Make-up – Lisa Westcott, Les Miserables
Best Short – Curfew
Best Documentary Short – Inocente
Best Documentary – Searching for Sugar Man
Best Foreign Film – Amour, Austria
Best Sound Mixing – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes, Les Miserables
Best Sound Editing – Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall
Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Editing – William Goldenberg, Argo
Best Production Design – Rick Carte, Jim Erickson, Lincoln
Best Original Score – Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Best Original Song – Skyfall
Best Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio, Argo
Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarrantino, Django Unchained
Best Director – Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Picture – Argo
Almost, if not every award was what False Fabs predicted and are pleased with the list. Honouring all those deserving and a batch of credible winners among candidates made this eighty-sixth awards bash a great contest based on talent, skill and sustained resolve. All graceful yet itching to win, we wrote in our BAFTA’s review a week or so ago on this site, about the steering towards Argo and Ang Lee’s displacements. Some may argue we are tough. Well you’re ‘wrong’ to assume this. We are highly impartial but mention the underline. As with the Oscars, Ang Lee nabbing the Director was highly deserved. Ang Lee’s sheer poignancy with piercing eye and forthcoming visuals with deep narrative structure to excel Life of Pi onto the screen was simply sensational.
Argo scooped the Picture nomination and this was also deserved for the film, though Ben Affleck’s presence surrounds it. The omission of Director for Affleck was seen as unjust. We have to disagree. We respect Affleck, however the Director nomination was based solely on Affleck’s presence, not the Directing and this was lower for recognition than those nominated who made headway so for that could potentially place him in ‘sixth’ place for example, meaning only five go through, obviously. Affleck did deserve the Picture, granted, alongside the other Oscar’s so he can be happy with that, surely.
As for Daniel Day-Lewis, now the first ever male to catch the triple crown for winning three Oscar’s for Actor had been a monumental achievement for the method actor, who is highly conformed to the roles he undertakes with severe precision, nobility and technique. The man thoroughly deserved to be placed as one of Hollywood’s enriched greats. Congrats to you, fine sir.
Jennifer Lawrence at the tender age of twenty-two, took home the Actress gong for Silver Lining’s Playbook. While a clear front-runner to win, Lawrence, with serenity, grace and dignified maturity has lined herself for a bright future in Hollywood, despite her fashion faux pas, tripping over her dress as she approached the podium for her honours. Her peers encouraged her recovery with respected applause. One moment of the flying birdie occurred not for the stumble, but when Lawrence spotted one photographer who was ‘THAT’ photographer to her. Done with pure style and taste, Lawrence could not be harmed whatever the outcome. Even a fabulous Dior dress could not stifle the radiant youngling.
Controversial host and Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane sang with a “We saw your boobs” which was supposed to be funny but was really rather dry and tacky. Some glaring eyes were annoyed from the audience of those actresses mentioned, while others laughed along. I get the humour, believe me, but it was rather lame and probably shouldn’t have happened. Nothing good came from it and it had no real sustained impact in delivering for the host, the audience watching and in attendance as well as an awards ceremony, though managed to follow through after with a well-rounded, unpredicted hosting duties later on in the evening.
Tarrantino, and Waltz have earned their tremendous rights to their sheers talents in what may be unconventional film settings yet both have expert understanding of one another that shines through and the pair working together also cements that precision on stage. Waltz and Quentin have BOTH received all three grand slam awards taking Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Oscar’s for their portrayal of Django Unchained. Epic.
Adele took the song for Skyfall as expected and earned. Her performance of the Bond hit with a medley from Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones was a joy for the show in itself.
On a parting note, I have to give immense plaudits to ones that may not be the ‘big’ news. These include the brilliance of Les Mis and the stunning Costume Design for Anna Karenina. Impeccable visuals, sound and style make them a must see regardless.
Overall the awards were a sterling success. Gaining a nomination alone is a huge feat to receive but to take one home is the ultimate nod from Hollywood. To gain such important prestige can launch and support careers further in film, which should maintain the levels of talent in the room further along to ensure Hollywood keeps a sturdy place in producing really hot, quality films that have once again list an entire checklist for DVD’s and must see screenings for those who haven’t already seen the goods on offer, or to simply own a classic in the making.
Maybe next year the Oscar’s would also send me a VIP badge to report from the luxurious carpet and backstage hobnobbing with the stars. Cheap plug, but hey, I’m good for it! 😀
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