I was so looking forward to last night’s Academy Awards show and it did not disappoint. Of course, I have lowered expectations of the Oscars as they are the most boring awards show. But I was rooting for so many of the movies and also for Seth MacFarlane. While many were unhappy with the choice of host, I was excited. MacFarlane is funny, looks good in a monkey suit, and is a hell of a singer. Primarily a voice actor, I thought he was a bit nervous in the beginning but grew more comfortable as the night went on.
Predictably, Daniel Day Lewis and Christoph Waltz won in the actor categories and Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway took home the actress prizes. While I thought Silver Linings Playbook was a pretty good movie, I didn’t think it was Oscar caliber. And J. Law wasn’t the standout in the the film, but as the girl is on fire, I guess it was her year to win. When she fell climbing the stairs to receive her award, it only endeared her to the world even more. The dress was worth the fall, in my opinion.
Overall, there were few fashion missteps. Most notable was Anne Hathaway’s Prada nipple dress. Oh, Anne. Why, WHY?!
Melissa McCarthy wore a steely gray abomination that did nothing for her full figure. Her big hair was bad, too.
But let us focus on the looks we liked. Amy Adams wore a gossamer dream from Oscar de la Renta. Adele wore a sparkling beaded gown that sparkled like stars when she performed Skyfall. Halle Berry’s custom creation was inspired by James Bond and fit her to a tee. Salma Hayek took a break from her normal cleavage-baring style to wear a velvet Alexander McQueen.
One of my favorite moments of the evening was Quentin Tarantino’s acceptance speech for Best Original Screenplay. I hope he’s correct, that it really will be The Year of the Writer. I was also very happy that Ang Lee won Best Director for Life of Pi. The film also took home awards for cinematography, visual effects, and original score, making it the big winner of the night. Absolutely deserved!
Argo won the night’s highest honor, Best Picture. Truly, I think Ben Affleck deserved a director and actor nomination, but he seemed pleased enough. His acceptance speech was the most frazzled and charming we’ve ever seen him. It was such an incredible movie, I don’t even feel too bad for Lincoln.
2012 gave us a bumper crop of great films, so I hope 2013 isn’t a letdown. Uh oh, I hear the theme music from Jaws playing. Time for me to wrap it up.
What were your favorite Oscar moments?