Well, it’s all over now for another year and whether Seth MacFarlane was a success or not in his hosting duties is open for debate. I didn’t see the awards live as I don’t pay for the premium movie channels offered by Sky, namely because I consider them to be a waste of money and since the Rupert Murdoch led company has yet again bagged the exclusive rights to the biggest movie show of the year, it’s hard to see the man in action.
But he is a Star Trek fan, as confirmed by the William Shatner gag, a he did seem to get a smile out of Tommy Lee Jones, but from what I’m reading so far, the Family Guy, American Dad! and Ted (2012) star wasn’t firing on all cylinders last night. Though I did listen to the Oscar nominations back in January and both him and Emma Stone brought some comedic gusto to what are normally sober proceedings.
But onto the results…
The BEST PICTURE nominations were, Amour, Argo, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life Of Pi, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Silver Linings Playbook. Argo would seem to be the winner of choice, though still having to see the film, it’s certainly top of my watch list, though Lincoln is also ranking high.
BEST DIRECTOR winner was Life Of Pi’s, Ang Lee, who beat Lincoln’s, Steven Spielberg, Amour’s, Michael Haneka, Beasts Of The Southern Wild’s, Benh Zeitlin
Denzel Washington – Flight, Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook, Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln, Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables, Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin – Argo, Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained, Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook, Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master, Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
I got this one wrong, with Alan Arkin, though by last night I think that Waltz was a shoe-in for the gong.
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour, Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook, Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty, Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Naomi Watts – The Impossible
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams – The Master, Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables, Helen Hunt – The Sessions, Sally Field – Lincoln, Jacky Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Brave, Frankenweenie, Paranorman, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists, Wreck-it-Ralph
Why I didn’t choose Brave is beyond me, but here we are…
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio – Argo, Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin – Beasts Of The Southern Wild, David Magee – Life Of Pi, Tony Kushner – Lincoln, David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Michael Haneke – Amour, Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom, Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty, John Gatins – Flight
Anna Karenina – Seamus McGarvey, Django Unchained – Robert Richardson, Life Of Pi – Claudio Miranda, Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski, Skyfall – Roger Deakins
Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran, Les Misérables – Paco Delgado, Lincoln – Joanna Johnston, Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka, Snow White And The Huntsman – Colleen Atwood
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli, Argo – Alexandre Desplat, Life Of Pi – Mychael Danna, Lincoln – John Williams, Skyfall – Thomas Newman.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
‘Before My Time’ from Chasing Ice, ‘Everybody Needs A Best Friend’ from Ted, ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ from Life Of Pi, ‘Skyfall’ from Skyfall, ‘Suddenly’ from Les Miserables
BEST SOUND EDITING
Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall tied to beat Argo , Django Unchained and Life Of Pi. This is certainly a rare occurrence though not unheard of. This was one of the categories which I opted not to predict.
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The film’s highlighted green won last night whilst though tinted grey were my predictions which failed to win. Out of the 14 categories which I chose to predict, 9 where correct. That’s actually pretty good for me. My feeling before the awards where that Lincoln was not going to take home a slew of trophies, with Daniel Day-Lewis talking one of the two awards, after being nominated for 12! Argo looks great and it has proven to be the film of the year in award terms and Ang Lee who claims that the underrated Hulk (2003) almost finished him ten years ago, took home yet another Best Director award last night.
Skyfall won 2 Oscars, the first for Bond in 46 years, only adding to accolades of the 23rd Bond film, which besides winning the Best British Film BAFTA, a category which I fail to take seriously, it has also gone on to be Britain’s highest grossing movie of all time. And another award for Adele!
See you next year!