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2013 Academy Awards review

Zac Carlisle
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Usually when people think about the Academy Awards they say, “Oh, it is just a bunch of movies that no one has ever heard of.”  Well not this year.  Most of the films up for an Academy Award were highly grossing films.

This year was a spectacular year for the movie industry.  From The Avengers, which was the highest grossing film of 2012, to Life of Pi, which grossed only $113 million, 2012 was one of the film industry's most productive years to date.

The 85th Academy Awards was destined to be a great night for film lovers, but some were left with a bad taste in their mouth while others praised the night.

For this year’s Oscars, the event decided to have the comedian Seth MacFarlane host the night’s event.  MacFarlane is most known for being the creator of the television show Family Guy, but would his comedic skills be put to good use for the event?

MacFarlane’s jokes were flat, and they fell on deaf ears.  The crowd only slightly chuckled at some of his jokes.  Most of the time, he seemed to understand that he was losing the audience.  MacFarlane is known for being offensive and carefree, but only a couple of his jokes seemed offensive.  Almost all of his jokes were innocent, in fact.

MacFarlane also tried (rather poorly) to perform some singing and dancing routines.  For the past few years, only Hugh Jackman, who hosted the 2009 Oscars, seemed skilled enough to show off his singing skills.

There was also a pointless skit that MacFarlane did with William Shatner, who portrayed his Star Trek character, Captain Kirk.  Shatner, who portrayed a character from the future, shows MacFarlane reviews of his Oscar performance from the day after.  Headlines such as “Worst Oscar Host Ever” seemed harmless at first, but once the show ended, they were mostly right.

This year’s Oscars was one of the first ones to have a theme.  This year’s theme was “Music in Movies.”  The night featured three renditions of the decade’s past award winning movies: Chicago, Dreamgirls and Les Miserables.  The Chicago rendition features a comical performance from Catherine Zeta-Jones.  The Dreamgirls rendition featured a great performance from Jennifer Hudson.  Finally, the best performance of the night was by the cast of Les Miserables. That performance received a standing ovation from the audience.

Also, the James Bond films were recognized for celebrating 50 years of production.  The event should have scattered Bond featurettes around the entire show, but decided to only recognize Bond films once.  Only a few minutes of Bond films were shown.  There was also a performance from Shirley Bassey, who performed “Goldfinger.”  That was it!

The most annoying aspect of the night was the Jaws theme that the show used to hurry award recipients off the stage.  This was simply tasteless and stupid!  

Coming into the night, the movie Lincoln was the most highly talked about film. The film came into the night with 12 nominations, but only scratched out two, wins including “Best Actor” for Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance as Abraham Lincoln.  

The big surprise of the night was Life of Pi which won four Oscars including “Best Director” for the film’s director Ang Lee.  

Django Unchained’s Christoph Waltz won “Best Supporting Actor.”  That was his second Oscar win.  The last time he won was for his performance in Inglourious Basterds.  This was a bit of a shock, because many had thought that Tommy Lee Jones would win for his performance in Lincoln.

Anne Hathaway won “Best Supporting Actress” for her performance in Les Miserables.  

The best part of the event was the last 30 minutes.  The show grew to be a bit too long, but it got going when the awards were handed out for “Best Director,” “Best Actress,” “Best Actor” and “Best Film.”

Ang Lee won “Best Director” for Life of Pi.  This was his second Oscar win, with the other being for Brokeback Mountain.

Jennifer Lawrence won “Best Actress” for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.  This wasn’t really a surprise.  

As was expected, Daniel Day-Lewis won “Best Actor” for portraying Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.  This was his third “Best Actor” win, making him one of the greatest actors of all time. His other two “Best Actors” wins were for his performances in My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood.

The film Argo took home the award for “Best Film.”  This came as no surprise because it took home the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild awards for best film.  When the nominees were announced earlier in the year, it was a surprise when the director for Argo, Ben Affleck, was not nominated for “Best Director,” but in the end, he got the last laugh.

The show would have ended on a high note after Ben Affleck’s speech, but it instead ended with MacFarlane and television personality Kristen Chenoweth
performing “Here’s to the Losers.” This was rather tasteless and tacky.

Overall, the 85th Academy Awards was a poor showing.  Aside from the great speeches of the award winners, the show was forgettable.  This year’s Oscars receives 2 out of 4 stars.

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