Another year, another Oscars. And man was it a good one! Here is my full reactions and recap! Enjoy!
Best Picture: Argo. My choice- Argo
I couldn’t be happier with Argo winning for a couple of reasons. 1) I thought for the first time since 2003, the film to win Best Picture deserved to win! and 2) Affleck deserved the win since he couldn’t get an award for directing. Every year, a film wins “Best Picture” and I don’t necessarily agree that it’s the best; it’s good, just not the best. You just need 50% of the votes to win. However, I thought Argo was well directed, written, acted, edited, scored, contained humor and drama, had public popularity and critic popularity, and more that gave it all of the qualifications that a “Best Picture” should have. Argo’s win makes it only the 4th film in the history of the Oscar’s to win Best Picture without a directing nod. So now it’s a part of history, and I couldn’t be happier!
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis(Lincoln). My choice- Daniel Day-Lewis.
What really do I need to say here? Daniel Day-Lewis deserved his third win here. (That’s the most Best Actor awards for any actor.) He’s one of the greatest actors of our time, and even all time. Yes other actors gave great performances, but it’s Daniel Day-Lewis. His portrayal of Abraham Lincoln was incredible and outstanding. He deserved to win. Enough said.
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained). My choice- Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln).
This, in my opinion, was of the toughest categories to predict. All 5 nominees had won before and most had won awards this season. It was between Waltz, Jones, and Robert De Niro. I chose Jones because he took home the SAG award, which is usually a good indicator, but knew I could ultimately get this category wrong. And wrong I did get it indeed. Waltz’s performance was great and I’m not upset with him winning at all!
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook). My choice- Jennifer Lawrence.
When the nomination were announced, I knew it’d be between Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain. I am completely in love with the latter, and was pulling for her to win! But as the season continued, Lawrence pulled ahead and secured her spot atop the race. While I was afraid Emmanuelle Riva would pull off an up-set, I’m glad Lawrence won. Her performance in Silver Linings Playbook was fantastic and proved how funny and serious she can be. I look forward to her future in film and future nominations!
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables). My choice- Anne Hathaway.
Another guarantee for the night, I knew Anne Hathaway would win. Her performance was unbeatable. While she was only on screen for like 20 minutes, it was a fantastic 20 minutes. However I do think this category was a little weak. While Sally Field, Amy Adams, Helen Hunt, and Jackie Weaver gave great performances, they just weren’t as strong as Hathaway’s. Glad she got the win!
Best Animated Film: Brave. My choice- Wreck-It Ralph.
This was 1 of 2 categories that I wish I could have back. It was a race between Disney, and my gut told me to pick the wrong one. It’s not that Brave wasn’t a good movie, it just wasn’t the best! When I think of the Pixar movies that won Best Picture (Finding Nemo, Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, and Toy Story 3), Brave just doesn’t seem to compare to the originality and creativity of those amazing films. It’s still good, but Wreck-It Ralph should have won. It offered both creativity and originality, along with funny and sentimental moments for kids and adults; not to mention the nostalgia factor. However, Pixar is unstoppable, and I should know better than to bet against it.
Best Cinematography: Life of Pi. My choice- Life of Pi.
This category can sometimes be difficult, but when a film like Life of Pi is nominated, it will win. Claudio Miranda did tremendous work. From shooting and creating a film that was technically appealing, this once “unfilmable” book translated into some incredible photography.
Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina. My choice- Anna Karenina.
Although I never got around to seeing Anna Karenina, it was an easy choice to pick. From the pictures and stills of this film, it was pretty clear it contained what the Academy loves: a period piece with a foreign setting. It also helped that this was Jacqueline Durran’s third nomination, so she was bound to receive it.
Best Directing: Ang Lee (Life of Pi). My choice- Steven Spielberg (Lincoln).
Ah yes, the “consolation Oscar” as most saw it. This should have been won by Ben Affleck for Argo, but he was snubbed with his nomination. So it basically meant that who ever would win it, between Spielberg and Lee, would win it as a consolation prize. Both Spielberg and Lee did incredible work on their films, but I chose Spielberg because Lincoln was his passion project, and he hadn’t won in awhile compared to Lee who has won more recently. But the Academy loved Life of Pi and the amazing feat that Lee accomplished. So I’m happy with his win, even if I got it wrong.
Best Documentary Film: Searching for Sugar Man. My choice- Searching for Sugar Man.
I’m starting to get better at seeing documentaries. By that I mean, I saw part of this one. While that is still terrible, I did my research to see what was looking good for this category. When the general consensus leaned towards Sugar Man, I decided to watch it. However, I only saw part of it and never got around to finishing it. The film was about 2 men looking for evidence of what happened to the musician Rodriguez. From what I had seen, it was definitely deserved a win! Eventually, I will get around to actually seeing all the documentaries nominated in the respective year. But this year I made progress, and I’m happy with that!
Best Documentary Short Subject: Inocente. My choice- Open Heart.
Yeah, I will never get this category right. I didn’t see any of the choices, so I had to leave it up to the general consensus. However, the general consensus was all over the place. So that left me with a 1 in 5 chance. Yeah, not good odds. One day, I will get this right. 1 day.
Best Film Editing: Argo. My choice- Argo.
This award is 1 of the 4 that usually goes along with Best Picture. Once Argo won it, it helped relax my anxiety that I made the right choice with Argo. Argo did deserve the win too. From cutting between the American hostages in Iran and the US, William Goldenberg handled it perfectly. It wasn’t choppy. It flowed nicely. He created the right feel and tones, especially the suspenseful third act! Glad to see Argo getting the love from the Academy.
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour. My choice- Amour.
This was the second most obvious category after Best Actor. It’s been 6 years since a foreign language film has been nominated for Best Picture. Since Amour was, it goes without saying that it would then win this category. If not, then I truly don’t understand the Academy at all. But of course, this love story of an elderly couple won a lot of hearts and was worthy of the Award!
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Les Misérables. My choice- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
This was a tough pill to swallow. It was going to be one of the two: Les Mis or The Hobbit. But I felt, which ever one I chose, it would be the opposite that won. So in the end, I went with what I thought was the better film for M&H. While Les Mis was worthy of the award, I do believe The Hobbit should have won. Yes it was wasn’t as well-received, but I still can’t get over all the middle earth creatures and the craft that goes into their look. People will disagree, and I’m ok with that.
Best Music Original Score: Life of Pi. My choice- Life of Pi.
I wasn’t positive on this one, but I felt I had made the right choice. Life of Pi’s score did stand out to me when I first saw the film. Of the five nominees, Life of Pi’s score stayed with me the most after listening to them on YouTube. It’s unique, but catchy. While I did hope that John Williams could maybe get another win, I’m glad Mychael Danna won. He deserved it!
Best Music Original Song: Skyfall (Skyfall). My choice- Skyfall (Skyfall).
This was a pretty simple pick as well. While Skyfall may have not been my favorite song, it was still good and it was still going to win. Just think about it. People LOVE Adele. How do you get more viewers for the show? Tell people Adele will be performing her song. How to make them stick around? Give Adele the award. I do believe she was grateful and humble when receiving her award. So it’s good to know Adele isn’t fake. But the Academy really makes me question if she truly won the award or if they did it for a selfish show rating and viewership.
Best Production Design: Lincoln. My choice- Anna Karenina.
While this award gave Lincoln it’s second and last award for the night, I was truly surprised by this win. I thought for sure Anna Karenina or Les Mis would take it, seeing as how they were huge sets and epic period pieces. But now as I’m writing this, I see that Lincoln falls into that category and realize my stupidity at overlooking it. It really isn’t a surprise. I was just blind. I’m glad Lincoln got this, because even though 2 for 12 doesn’t look great, 1 for 12 looks worse.
Best Short Film (Animated): Paperman. My choice- Paperman.
This was the first year I was able to see all of the animated short films. Without a doubt, Paperman was my favorite and deserved to win. Disney’s cute little love story was beautifully animated and accompanied by great music. I really didn’t think any other nominee had a chance. Yay Disney!
Best Short Film (Live Action): Curfew. My choice- Curfew.
I had not seen any of these short films unfortunately. So again, I unfortunately had to go to the general consensus of what people were saying. I hate doing that because I want to be able to pick for myself! But Curfew was the consensus, and Curfew won the award. So thank you to those who did see them.
Best Sound Editing: Skyfall & Zero Dark Thirty. My choice- Zero Dark Thirty.
A TIE!?! Only the 6th time in Oscar history that there has been a tie. The last tie was in 1994 for the Best Live Action Short Film category. Regardless, I’m not surprised that these were the two that tied for sound editing. Both involved big sequences with machinery and shouting and multiple noises at once. I thought ZDT was the better of the two, mostly because of the last hour dealing with the raid on Bin Laden.
Best Sound Mixing: Les Misérables. My choice- Les Misérables.
Basically, when a musical is nominated, it has a very good shot at winning. In this case, when the singing is done live on set and needs to be mixed with all other noises and sounds at the same time, the musical is guaranteed to win! Les Mis balanced it’s live singing phenomenally with all of it’s surroundings and made this category their’s to lose.
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi. My choice- Life of Pi.
There’s always a technical based film that the Academy loves. That was Life of Pi this year. Once it was nominated for Best Picture, it was almost guaranteed it would take home the big technical awards. So just in suit with cinematography, there was no question it would take visual effects as well. If you have seen it, you know it deserved the award for basically everything in the movie. If you haven’t seen it, get on it.
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Argo. My choice- Lincoln.
As previously stated in the Best Animated Category, this was the 2nd of 2 categories I wish I could have back. All the screenplays in both categories were top-notch this year. However, I thought Argo and Lincoln stood above the rest, making it a very tough decision. Just like film editing, writing usually goes with Best Picture. Since I wasn’t sure what the Academy was going to love more, I split the categories and gave Adapted Screenplay to Lincoln. (Film Editing to Argo). Therefore, I would for sure get 1 of the categories right, and not risk going 0 for 2. But now knowing the outcome, I really wish I would have just gone with my gut and picked Argo. Oh well…
Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Django Unchained. My choice- Django Unchained.
Quentin Tarantino is a genius. His screenplays are funny but so distinct and crazy! You have to respect a man who writes whatever he thinks and can translate it to the screen as well! Although I would have loved to see Moonrise Kingdom win here (it’s sole nomination unfortunately), Django deserved it. This is Tarantino’s second win for writing after Pulp Fiction in 1994. Hopefully, this means the Academy is starting to realize how great he is!
Overall, I loved this years Oscars! There is usually something that makes me hate the Academy and makes me lose more respect for them. However, I don’t think I have anything bad to say this year! Ironically, they may have gained some respect. I enjoyed Seth MacFarlane, contrary to whatever others think. He was just as people should have expected he would be: funny, albeit pushing the limits sometimes, yet respectable and classy. The show was longer than last year, clocking in at 3 hours and 35 minutes. There were 42.40 million viewers, up from last year and the most watched since the 2004 ceremony. Life of Pi went home with the most awards of the night (4). I went 17 for 24 in my predictions, or 71%, which is up from last year! 2012 was truly a great year for film…hopefully next year can top it! 2013!