The Oscars-After

In my earlier blog, I wrote about my picks for the  Oscars. The votes are in, the judges have spoken, and this is what happened:

I think that if Bradley Cooper had gone up against lesser-known actors, he would have won Best Actor for Silver Lining Playbook, but it just wasn’t his time. Daniel Day Lewis walked away with the Best Actor award for his portrayal of our beloved president in Lincoln. This is the the third Oscar in the actor’s career.

Jennifer Lewis was chosen as best Actress for her role in Silver Lining Playbook, which didn’t surprise me. Lewis is on her way to proving her versatility as an actress, and is best-known for her starring role in Hunger Games.

Lewis also holds the award for “saving face,” when she hurried up tot he stage to receive her award and tripped. She immediately got a standing ovation from the audience. She picked herself up and kept going, without skipping a beat.

“I’m sure you’re all standing because you feel sorry for me falling, but thank you” she was quick to say before thanking all those involved with her success.

It was no surprise that Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, was the winner for Best Picture. But it was a surprise that First Lady Michelle Obama did the presenting.

I was right about the Best Supporting Actor category. Christoph Waltz did an awesome job in Django Unchained, a film which I’m sure will not get the publicity I think it deserves.

Best Directing honors went to Ang Lee for Life of Pi, a surprise by some, but deserving nonetheless.

Anne Hathaway won the award for Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables. The  cast of the movie performed a song during the show, which was amazing and Hathaway was definitely the right choice.

Skyfall, a James Bond movie that was not supposed to take home too many awards, actually received two, a feat that is rare for a Bond film. Singer, Adele, performed her original song from the movie, and won an Oscar for her efforts. I didn’t think Daniel Craig made a very good James Bond. But that’s just because no one else does it better than Sean Connery.

The Academy remembered those who have passed during the year, including Marvin Hamlisch, for whom Barbara Streisand honored with his song, Memories.

I was very disappointed in Seth McFarland’s performance as host. He was rude, crude, and bordered on racism. That kind of behavior belongs on Family Guy or in movies like Ted. Not Oscar night. I actually like Family Guy. It’s goofy and silly enough to be funny, but even that has its limits, and McFarland tends to push them as far as they will go.

In the words of William Shatner, who shared the opening spotlight with McFarland, “Tina and Amy should always be the hosts,” (referring to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and their hosting duties at the Emmys). Yeah, they were pretty funny, but I wish they would bring Billy Crystal back. He was funny without being tasteless.

It was an interesting show to say the least, one that will find its place in the Academy Museum, set to open in California next year, the president of the Academy announced during the show.

It just might be worth a trip to the West Coast.

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