The 85th Academy Awards was the film event of the year and it all took place with the usual glitz and glamour last night. After a luncheon on Friday 8th February final voting ended on the evening of Tuesday 12th and preparations began for the entertainingly flamboyant occasion. Before the night itself the two biggest films were already well known as Les Misérables and Lincoln. Expectations were very high for Daniel-Day Lewis and Anne Hathaway to scoop the Oscar in their respective categories, and few people were willing to bet against Adele’s “Skyfall” winning Best Song category!
It was the Oscars 2013! Seth MacFarlane (the Family Guy creator and voiceover performer) presented the event, and below are the major results of the night with reaction to the events as they unfolded. There were some surprises, and some predictable results, but generally this year’s Hollywood extravaganza showcased major Blockbusters at their best.
Nominations: Amour, Argo, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Lincoln, Life Of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty.
Reaction: That’s an impressive list of films above, but perhaps it’s best that Argo did take the win. You can argue very effectively it is indeed the best film of the year, whereas Zero Dark Thirty and Silver Linings Playbook never really stood a chance. Regardless, Ben Affleck’s excellent Argo has taken the win and fended off main contenders Les Misérables and Lincoln, despite Affleck not being considered for a Best Director nomination (the first time this has happened since 1990).
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence (the one on the left) for Silver Linings Playbook.
Nominations: Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, Emmanuelle Riva for Amour, Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Naomi Watts for The Impossible.
Reaction: Quvenzhané Wallis (the 9 year old in Beasts of the Southern Wild) is the youngest ever nominated actress for an Academy Award, but Jennifer Lawrence (trying to ditch being typecast as “her from The Hunger Games”, and doing this well!) took the award.
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables.
Nominations: Amy Adams for The Master, Sally Field for Lincoln, Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables, Helen Hunt for The Sessions, Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook.
Reaction: Everyone knew she was going to win it, and she did. Her excellent turn caused weeping in cinemas across dozens of countries and there could well have been a riot had she not won.
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln.
Nominations: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln, Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook, Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables, Joaquin Phoenix for The Master, Denzel Washington for Flight.
Reaction: This was as expected as the Academy Awards ceremony taking place in America. A typically committed performance by Day-Lewis (who is notorious for his method acting approach and often refuses to break character throughout filming) and it’s incredible to see what he can do. This win also makes Day-Lewis only the third actor to win the Best Actor Oscar three times, first with My left Foot (1989), then There Will Be Blood (2007), and now Lincoln.
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained.
Nominations: Alan Arkin for Argo, Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook, Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln, Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained, Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master.
Reaction: The truly brilliant Waltz wrapped up thanks to Tarantino, who “discovered” the Austrain acting talent in his film Inglorious Basterds in 2009. Waltz’s career has taken off since and this award confirms he is at the top of the Hollywood elite.
Winner: Ang Lee for Life Of Pi.
Nominations: Michael Haneke for Amour, Ang Lee for Life Of Pi, David O Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, Benh Zeitlin for Beasts Of The Southern Wild.
Reaction: Ang Lee’s startling beautiful film certainly looked unlike anything else this year, with its Studio Ghibli styled artistic flamboyance it also delivered a great, realistic film about humans and the gritty reality of nature.
Best Foreign Language Film
Nominations: Amour, No, War Witch, A Royal Affair, A Royal Affair, Kon-Tiki.
Reaction: As Amour was also on the Best Film Oscar’s list there was utterly no chance for any of the other contenders!
Best Animated Feature Film
Nominations: Frankenweenie, The Pirates!, Band Of Misfits, Wreck-It Ralph, ParaNorman, Brave.
Reaction: The popular and amiable (and very funny, if you have a silly sense of human) Brave rightly took the prize for taking a cliched theme and still being fresh. It also looks amazing.
Best Original Song
Winner: “Skyfall” from Skyfall.
Nominations: “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life Of Pi, “Suddenly” from Les Misérables, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted, “Skyfall” from Skyfall.
Reaction: Absolutely no surprise with this, although the film itself was snubbed entirely by the Oscars, Adele’s moody number caught the world’s imagination.
Best Feature Documentary
Winner: Searching For Sugar Man.
Nominations: 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, How To Survive A Plague, The Invisible War, Searching For Sugar Man.
Reaction: No surprises here as the hit inspirational documentary (which resembles an unlikely fairy tale) took the prize, although there was surprise the excellent The Imposter and Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet weren’t considered for nominations.
Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Django Unchained.
Nominations: Flight, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Amour, Moonrise Kingdom.
Reaction: Quentin Tarantino’s sharp wit is clearly still intact as he scoops the Oscar.