“And I’d just like to say, I was here 15 years ago or something and I had no idea what I was doing. I stood out here in front of you all and really just a kid. I went out and I never thought I would be back here. And I am, because of so many of you who are here tonight, because of this Academy, because of so many wonderful people who extended themselves to me when they had nothing to benefit from it in
“Life of Pi” was another big winner with four awards including Best Director for Ang Lee. It was the most decisive race of the night. Without Affleck, Tarantino, Bigelow in contention any of the nominees could take the prize, but Lee edged out the win over front-runner Steven Spielberg. He received a standing ovation from the crowd. “Thank you movie God,” joked Lee while accepting his award.
Jean DuJardin presented the award for Best Actress to Jennifer Lawrence “Silver Linings Playbook.” She was absolutely speechless taking a bit of a stumble while walking towards the stage. She received a standing ovation from the crowd. “This is crazy, thank you Academy,” said
Acting legend Meryl Streep presented the Oscar for Best Actor to a deserving Daniel Day-Lewis “
Last year’s winner for Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer presented the award for Best Supporting Actress to a deserving Anne Hathaway for her triumphant performance in “Les Misérables.” “It came true,” said an emotional Hathaway while on stage. “I must thank Hugh Jackman. You are the best,” said Hathaway during her speech.
Octavia Spencer presented the award for Best Supporting Actor. This was indeed one of the toughest categories to predict, but the award went to Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained.” “Thank you, thank you so much,” said a humble Waltz while accepting his award. He congratulated his fellow nominees in the race. I was really pulling for Robert De Niro to take the prize for “Silver Linings Playbook,” but I’m sure the actor will get another nomination in due time. He praised his director Quentin Tarantino heavily in his speech.
The master of ceremonies was “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane. Seth didn’t take any prisoners in his opening going for laughs taking jabs at Tommy Lee Jones. Goal was to get the actor to laugh, and he did just that in a matter of seconds. He had a great joke on the Academy snubbing Ben Affleck for Best Director for “Argo.” I will admit that Seth got off to a nervous start, but things started to mellow as he got involved in his opening.
His take on Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln and his method acting in the biopic “
The “Flight” parody using sock puppets was absolutely hilarious, followed by another song and dance involving Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I will admit the song and dance numbers were getting a bit repetitive in my opinion. Sally Field participated in a skit with Seth about her work in “
The cast of “The Avengers” assembled on stage to present the award for Best Cinematography taking jabs at each other, including a funny stab at Samuel L. Jackson’s age. The award was given to Claudio Miranda “Life of Pi.” Best Visual Effects went to “Life of Pi.” Best Costume Design was awarded to Jacqueline Durran for “Anna Karenina” The winner for Makeup and Hairstyling went to Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for “Les Misérables.”
Ben Affleck presented the award for Best Documentary Feature to “Searching For Sugar
Catherine Zeta-Jones kicked off the singing sensation with “All That Jazz,” that dazzled the crowd. Next up in the spotlight was J-Hud singing the sensation “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” which literally blew off the socks at the Dolby Theatre; it was absolutely phenomenal. She received a standing ovation from the crowd, who was pleasantly pleased. That woman has powerhouse pipes that will light up any room. Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Samantha Barks, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen reunited on stage for a medley of songs from the beloved musical.
The stint on stage involving Mark Wahlberg and the pouty-mouth teddy bear from the comedy “Ted” was absolutely hilarious. The jokes were quite naughty; as the duo presented the award for Best Sound Mixing to “Les Misérables.” The Oscar for Best Sound Editing was a surprise as it was a tie! Yes, a tie, something that rarely happens at the Academy Awards. The first winner was “Zero Dark Thirty” and the second winner was “Skyfall.”
The Academy Award for Best Film Editing went to William Goldenberg “Argo.” Important side note: Goldenberg was also nominated for his work in “Zero Dark Thirty.” Adele took the stage to sing her massive hit “Skyfall.” That song is so mesmerizing it just stays in your head. The Oscar for Best Production Design went to “
Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones presented the award for Best Original Score to Mychael Danna “Life of Pi.” Best Original Song went to Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth for “Skyfall.” Adele was at a loss for words while accepting her award on stage. She was literally in tears while on stage. “Thank you so much, this is amazing,” said Adele while on stage.
In the competitive race for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Oscar went to Chris Terrio “Argo.” Terrio thanked his fellow nominees in his category as well as “Argo” director and star Ben Affleck. For Best Original Screenplay, the Academy Award went to Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained.” He really thanked the stars of “Django Unchained” for brining his characters to life. He also congratulated all of the writers nominated this year in the Adapted and Original Screenplay categories.
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