I’ve been ridiculously slack on posting following the 2012 Oscars in February (my bad I know) but that pesky little thing called real life reared its ugly head and ripped me from my happy film bubble. Finally here are my views on the winners of the much-coveted Academy Awards. An I’m gonna start by saying that I was pleasantly surprised by Seth MacFarlane, mainly because I cannot stand Family Guy and all the rest of his body of work so was wary of his humour on the night. However I found myself chuckling away and even humming the opinion dividing “We saw your boobs” days after the star-spangled ceremony. On a side note I read an opinion piece the following day that questioned why we needed the Oscars and that with a bit of imagination the BAFTAs could be just as good if not better than the Oscars. Are the stupid? There is no way we can compete with the Academy Awards … there isn’t anywhere big enough, let alone luscious enough to host a ceremony on the same level. Ok rant over … onto the important stuff.
Once again the majority of the winners were a given before the ceremony, like Daniel Day Lewis getting his third Best Actor Award (making history as he goes!) and Amour deservedly picking up the Best Foreign Language Film. Then of course Life Of Pi swept the board in the production categories like Visual Effects and Cinematography, and saw Ang Lee collect the accolade of Best Director. I do think that it was a massive oversight not nominating Ben Affleck for his stellar work directing Argo.
Les Miserables only really garnered technical awards like Sound Mixing and Hair and Makeup with the lovely exception of Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway. She really was incredible as Fantine, which is saying something as I have always found the character to be insufferable before. She had a beautiful rawness to her performance hat I just loved.
Django Unchained didn’t pick up many awards but the ones it did were ones that really counted like another Best Supporting Actor for Christophe Waltz – prove that he does his best work under Tarantino’s direction (his previous Oscar in the same category for his performance in Inglorious Basterds). And Tarantino collected the accolade for Best Original Screenplay.
Argo deservedly picked up the top award of the night, Best Picture. I really did enjoy Argo and I’m glad it won (even if a little part of me was wanting Les Miserables to take the top spot but let’s face it I’m a huge theatre geek and adore Les Miserables in particular!) My favourite award of the night however was Jennifer Lawrence picking up Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook … and not just because she fell over, which was damn adorable … but because she is incredibly talented and one of my favourite actors so I’m glad she has got recognition from the most respected awarding body in the film industry.
All in all the night didn’t really hold any surprises, although I will admit that I thought Lincoln would win more than it did, but I can’t say that I agree with all the decisions. I would have liked to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey or Avengers Assemble win something, but that’s just me.
Best Picture – Argo
Best Actor – Daniel Day Lewis
Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence
Best Supporting Actor – Christophe Waltz
Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway
Best Director – Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Best Original Screenplay – Django Unchained
Best Adapted Screenplay – Argo
Best Animated Feature – Brave
Best Foreign Film – Amour
Cinematography – Life of Pi
Editing – Argo
Production Design – Lincoln
Costume Design – Anna Karenina
Makeup & Hair – Les Miserables
Best Original Score – Life Of Pi
Best Original Song – Skyfall
Sound Mixing – Les Miserables
Sound Editing – Zero Dark Thirty; Skyfall
Visual Effects – Life of Pi