85th Annual Academy Awards (2013)
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Let me start off by saying that I thought Seth MacFarlane was a terrific host. His racy sense of humor brought funny back to the Oscars again. Sure, some of it was hit-and-miss, but his comedic timing was impeccable and he's such a multi-talented entertainer and a great improviser to boot. He brought a breath of fresh air to the show, along with his admirable self-distance. Not everyone's kind of humor, but I for one loved it.
"Your movies are here to receive awards. My movie is in red boxes in front of grocery stores, being urinated on by bums"
As for the other components of the show, here are my own personal highlights:
The Best Moments:
* The opening with William Shatner (redundantly long, but quite hilarious)
* Shirley Bassey singing "Goldfinger". A rare and incredibly nostalgic performance. It would have been more awesome if they had brought all the Bond actors together on stage, but I suppose this is the next best thing.
* Every time Seth poked fun at the attending stars
* The entire "Les Misérables" cast performing a medley of songs from the film (some major goosebumps here)
* Ted getting his 15 minutes of Oscar fame (I wanted more)
* Wrap-up music for the speeches replaced with the "Jaws" theme
* Adele performing her Oscar-winning song "Skyfall" (even though her voice was occasionally drowned out by the orchestra)
* "In Memoriam". It gets me every time. Even more so being reminded that Michael Clarke Duncan is no longer with us.
* Norah Jones performing the song "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted".
* Ang Lee winning for Best Director
* Daniel Day-Lewis winning the Best Actor Oscar. Certainly no surprise, but it was a wonderful moment nevertheless as he gave his heartfelt and rather funny speech.
* Jack Nicholson and Michelle Obama, the First Lady herself, presenting the award together for Best Picture. It doesn't get much more epic than that.
* "Argo" taking home the Oscar for Best Picture. Granted, I wanted "Les Misérables" to win, but I was still very pleased with their choice, as it was one of my top 3 favourites in the category, along with "Life of Pi". Either of those three and I would have been content. Also, you gotta be happy for Ben Affleck. He deserved the recognition and you could see how much it meant to him. And what an amazing journey he has done, going from a ridiculed actor to a first-rate director. Hope it encourages him to make more of the same caliber.
The Not-So-Great Moments:
* Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy. Mumbling and fumbling. Embarrassingly unfunny.
* "Brave" winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature instead of "Wreck-It Ralph". What. The. @!#?@!
* All the plastic smiles and fake compliments of the Red Carpet pre-show. Still makes me cringe.
The Most Curious Moments:
* Joaquin Phoenix attending in the audience. Hasn't he expressibly said in interviews that he hates all type of award shows?
* Renée Zellweger and Kristen Stewart. Did these two share a needle backstage or what's the scoop here? Or perhaps some kind of alcohol-related cat fight that resulted in Stewart's limp? Whatever is going on with these two, it can't be good.
* Quentin Tarantino. What a character! It's like he wrote himself into existence.
All in all, one of the best Academy Award shows I've seen in years. If not to say the best since 2004, when "The Return of the King" did a clean sweep, scoring home 11 Oscars. As for my initial predictions, I guessed 17 out of 24 correct (70,8% accuracy if you really want to crunch some numbers). Last, but certainly not least, I'd like to give a big congrats to Malik Bendjelloul, a fellow Swede who won the Oscar last night for Best Documentary ("Searching for Sugar Man"). Well-deserved!
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