Oscar Watching: Bidding This Season Farewell, Looking to the Year Ahead
Well, last night happened. Seth MacFarlane hosted, balancing the did-you-just-go-there style of humor for which he’s so often known and the showmanship you’d expect from an Oscar host. He took to the challenge, and for the most part, he landed. Yes, I would more openly welcome Tina Fey and Amy Poehlerto host next year, but MacFarlane hardly did a terrible job. His opening monologue, however drawn out it was, was a great way to break the ice and get what most were afraid of out of the way. However, he still came in with those Kardashian and Bardem/Cruz/Hayek jokes, which shouldn’t have made their way into the ceremony. Besides, can we honestly say he did worse than Melissa McCarthy and Paul Rudd did as they presented the animated categories, or the cast of Marvel’s The Avengers presenting?
Moving on to the actual Oscar winners, Ben Affleck’s Argo claimed three wins including best picture and best adapted screenplay. Meanwhile, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi won four prizes – more than any other film – including best director. Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables took home three awards – including best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway. Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln prevailed in two categories each. The night didn’t go quite as I planned it would. I only got four of the top eight races correct, and overall, I called just 15 of the 24 wins
Check out all the Oscar winners below, and see where my predictions landed here.
Best Picture: Argo
Best Director: Ang Lee for Life of Pi
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio for Argo
Best Animated Feature: Brave
Best Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
Best Documentary Short: Inocente
Best Short (Animated): Paperman
Best Short (Live Action): Curfew
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi
Best Film Editing: William Goldenberg for Argo
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for Les Misérables
Best Production Design: Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer for Anna Karenina
Best Sound Editing (tie): Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for Skyfall; Paul N.J. Ottosson for Zero Dark Thirty
Best Sound Mixing: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, and Simon Hayes for Les Misérables
Best Visual Effects: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Bour, and Donald R. Elliott for Life of Pi
Best Original Score: Mychael Danna for Life of Pi
Best Original Song: “Skyfall” from Skyfall (Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth)
I’m less than happy with how I fared in my predictions, but hey, you win some, you lose some.
It’s bad to let the season affect you on a level that has nothing to do with crunching numbers and analyzing precursor wins. But most devastating to me on a personal level was Emmanuelle Riva losing the best actress race for her timeless performance in Amour. For anyone wondering, that’s not meant to be a slight on Jennifer Lawrence’s work in Silver Linings Playbook: she’s an incredible talent who’s great in David O. Russell’s problematic romantic dramedy – even if it isn’t a leading role – and she’s proven herself as a more than commendable talent in other films like The Burning Plain and The Hunger Games. But that Riva could lose the Oscar for commanding the screen with such reality, such depth, and so many emotions revealed not through words but just her face as she remains silent… I’m just stunned. I know the odds were against Riva winning and that such a win would have been a surprise, but I carried the silly hope that the numbers wouldn’t add up the way we thought they would.
But I digress. This awards season came to an end last night, so no more Oscar Watching until things heat up again – likely around the time Cannes announces its lineup.
Still, before bidding the column a temporary farewell…