Seth Macfarlane tests the waters in hosting the 85th Academy Awards this past Sunday. The widely talented Macfarlane is known for his charismatic presence and his controversial humor; making an interesting choice as host for the prestigious Hollywood awards show which was watched by over an estimated billion viewers.
The opening monologue was entertaining for the most part, a few solid jokes mixed with a few that could have been better but overall, a great opening. The introduction concluded with a cameo from William Shatner that led Macfarlane to an opening song and dance number followed by an elegant dance by Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron.
The night followed with comedic presenter introductions, a brilliant James Bond celebration of the last fifty years, and amazing performances by: Adele, Jennifer Hudson, and Bette Middler. From my own perspective as a viewer; some of my personal favorites of the night was the genuine heart felt acceptance speeches from Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck, when Jennifer Lawrence tripped on her way to accept best actress in a leading role and managed to get up and joke about it right off the bat, and just because of my personality, I thought it was hilarious to see how disgusted Joaquin Phoenix was when they showed him up for best actor in a leading role, his head shake of disappointment was priceless.
All in all I thought the Oscars were entertaining this year, some great surprises as well as a record setting 3rd Oscar for Daniel Day-Lewis in the category of a leading role. Here is a list of the winners in each category from this year’s 2013 Academy Awards.
Best Picture: Argo
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis / Lincoln
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence / Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz / Django Unchained
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway / Les Miserables
Animated Feature Film: Brave
Cinematography: Claudio Miranda / Life of Pi
Costume Design: Jacqueline Duran / Anna Karenina
Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man
Documentary Short: Inocente
Achievement in Directing: Ang Lee / Life of Pi
Film Editing: Argo
Foreign Language Film: Amour
Makeup and Hair Stylist: Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell / Les Miserables
Music Original Score: Mychael Danna / Life of Pi
Music Original Song: Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth / Skyfall / Skyfall
Production Design: Lincoln
Digital Short: Paperman
Short Film: Curfew
Sound Editing: Skyfall
Sound Mixing: Les Miserables
Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio / Argo
Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarrantino / Django Unchained