It was a long long night at the 85th Academy Awards.
Seth MacFarlane did a good job but I can’t see him coming back for a 2nd year – can we have Amy Poehler and Tina Fey next year?
His opening song was one about Boobs – We Saw Your Boobies.
There was lots of entertainment – with Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum, and Joseph Gordon Levitt and Danuel Radcliffe helping Seth MachFarlane with his opening number;
There were also wonderful powerful performances from Barbra Streisand (in her first performance at the oscars in over 35 years),
Dame Shirley Bassey was the highlight of the disappointing Bond tribute (there was such hype about this in the lead up to the Oscars – but it didn’t live up to it!)
Adele’s rendition of her Bond song Skyfall was also better than the Bond tribute (I can’t believe they didn’t get any of the Bonds on stage!)
There was a tribute to Musicals – which included Catherine Zeta Jones reprising her Chicago role; Jennifer Hudson came out singing one of her most famous songs from Dream girls, the film for which she garnered a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in the film.
And the finale was courtesy of the Les Misérables cast – Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter – and even Russell Crowe took to the stage to sing the revolutionary song I Dreamed A Dream
There were no big surprises on the night. The biggest one was unexpected in itself – it was the tie for Best Sound Editing.
Below are all of the night’s winners and speech highlights (in order of presentation):
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
All the actors in this category have been Oscar nominated a combined 21 times!
“Thank you so much! Mr DeNiro, Mr Jones, Mr Hoffman, Mr Arkin – my respect. My unlimited gratitude goes to Dr King Shultz, that is of course, his creator, and the creator of his all inspiring world, Quentin Tarantino. I thank Jamie Foxx and Leo Di Caprio, Sam Jackson and Kerry Washington … we participated in a hero’s journey. The hero here being Quentin. You scaled the mountain because you’re not afraid of it. You slayed the dragon because you’re not afraid of it and you crossed through fire because it’s worth it. I borrowed my character’s words – sorry I couldn’t resist!”
Animated Short Film: Paper Man
Animated Feature Film: Brave
Most Outstanding Achievement Cinematography: Claudio Miranda Life Of Pi 1st win/2nd nom. (other nomination –The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
“This movie was quite a beast to make!” It was so touching that Claudio was so overwhelmed “Oh my God I can’t even speak!”
Acheivement in Special Effects: Life Of Pi
“The irony is not lost on any of us up here. A film whose central premise is to ask the audience what they believe is real and not real most of what you see is, well, fake. That’s the magic of special effects!”
Achievement in Costume Design: Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran.
After 3 nominations, Jacqueline won her 1st ever Oscar
Achievement for Make Up and Hairstyle: Les Miserables Julie Dartnell and Lisa Westcott
Live Action Short Film: Curfew Shawn Christensen
“A big thank you to the Academy for supporting short films”
Best Documentary Short Subject: Innocente Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine
(1st win from 2 nominations)
“Most of all we want to thank this young lady, who was homeless a year ago, and now she is standing in front of all of you. And she is an artist. And all of you are artists and we need to start supporting the arts- they’re dying in our communities. And all of us are artists and we need to stand up and help girls like her be seen and heard. It’s so important”
Best Documentary Feature: Searching For Sugar Man, Simon Chinn & Malin Bendjelloul
Best Foreign Film: Amour, Austria
Best Sound Mixing: Les Miserables
Not surprising given all the singing was filmed live-they had a big job in the mixing room
Best Sound Editing: It’s a tie! Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall
This is the first time there’s been a tie at the Oscars since 1968 and only the 3rd time in Oscar history!
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserablés
“It came true … thanks to the academy for nominating me with Helen Hunt, Sally Field, Amy Adams and Jackie Weaver.I look up to you all so much and it’s been such an honour. Thankyou. There are so many people whose generosity & support is the reason why I am standing here right now. I must thank Hugh Jackman – Hugh, you’re the best. The cast, the crew… I want to thank my friends. Especially the ones who are cheering from Crosby St tonight, my family who I’m so blessed to be a part of, and my husband. By far and away the greatest moment of my life was when you walked into it. I love you so much. Thank you for this. Here’s hoping that someday in the not too distant future, the misfortunes of Fontine will only be found in stories and never more in real life. Thank you”
Achievement in Editing: William Goldenberg, Argo
(1st win from 4 nominations)
Achievement in Production/Set Design: Jim Erickson & Rick Carter, Lincoln “All of us who worked on this film tried to be worthy of a legacy that’s way beyond all of us”
Best Original Score: Life of Pi, Michael Danna
Best Song: Skyfall, Adele Atkins and Paul Epworth
I’ll never tire of Adele accepting awards. She’s so real, funny, and humble!
“Thank you so much. This is amazing!” Adele got teary when thanking Paul Epworth “for believing in me all of the time, and my man – I love you baby!”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo, Chris Terrio
“Thank you Ben Affleck, 15 years ago you were up here with the 1st screenplay you got made, & now you made this film that brought me up here – and it’s a gift, and I can never repay it. Thank you. I love you… and I want to dedicate this to a man named Tony Mendez. 33 years ago, Tony, using nothing but his creativity and his intelligence, got 6 people out of a very bad situation. So I want to dedicate this to him …. and the people all over the world. In Canada, the US, Iran, who used sheer creativity & intelligence to solve problems non violently.”
Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
This is the 2nd Oscar from 5 nominees. He won in the same category for Pulp Fiction.
“That’s so cool, Charlize is my neighbour, now I very nicely get this from you. Thank you Mr Hoffman. I’ve been saying things like I want to thank the actors for what they’ve done when it comes to my script and it’s not just an easy thing to say. It really is why I’m standing here. I actually think if people are like knowing about my movies in 30 or 40 years from now, it’s because of the characters I create. And I only really get 1 chance to get it right. I have to cast the right people to make those characters come alive and hopefully they’ll live for a long time. And boy this time did I do it! Thanks so much guys!”
Best Director: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
2nd win from 5 nominations
“I want to thank all of you who worked on this. I really want to thank you for believing in the story and sharing this journey with me everyone of you in the cast, you’re the golden statue in my heart…Thank you Academy. Che Che. Namaste.”
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
1st win from 4 nominations. Jennifer was genuinely stunned (and it had nothing to do with her tripping on the way up to get her Oscar. Although she said that’s why she thought she got the standing ovation!)
“This is nuts! Thank you to the Academy and thank you to the women this year. You were so magnificent & inspiring-¬ just those in my category. It’s been so amazing to get to know you. You’ve been so nice & you’ve made this experience so unforgettable.”
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
1st actor to ever win 3 oscars in the leading actor category
“I really don’t know how this happened. I do know that I have received so much more of than my fair share of good fortune in my life and I am so grateful to the Academy for this beautiful honour. It’s a strange thing bc 3 yrs ago, before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually committed to play Margaret Thatcher. And Meryl was Stephen’s 1st choice for Lincoln. And I’d like to see that version. Stephen didn’t have to persuade me to play Lincoln. But perhaps if I were to do it,I had to persuade him that perhaps Lincoln shouldn’t be a musical. My fellow nominees, my equals, my bethers, I am so proud to have been included as one amongst you. Since we got married 16 yrs ago, my wife Rebecca lived with some very strange men. They were strange as individuals, and probably stranger taken as a group but luckily she’s the versatile one in the family,& the perfect companion to all of them…For my mother! Thank you so much”
Best Picture: Argo
As co-producer of this film, Ben was able to make the speech, he should have been making in the Best Director category (but wasn’t able as he wasn’t nominated).
“Thank you very much.I want to acknowledge Stephen Spielberg who I think is a genius and a towering talent among us. I want to acknowledge the other 8 films … I thank everyone who ever worked on this movie. I want to thank my wife for working on our marriage, for our 10 Christmases(?), it is work, but it’s the best kind of work and there’s no-one I’d rather work with. I was here abt 15 years ago, and I had no idea what I was doing. I stood in front of you all, I was 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 out here today. Because of the Academy. Because of so many wonderful people who extended themselves to me when they had nothing to benefit from it in Hollywood. I couldn’t get them a job. I want to thank them and I want to thank them for what they taught me – you have to work harder than you think you possibly can, you can’t hold grudges, it’s hard. And it doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life because that matters. All that matters is that you’ve got to get up!”
So that’s it for another Oscar Ceremony, and that brings this year’s award’s ceremony to a close.
Here’s to some more imagination, stories, creativity and more, being turned into amazing, inspirtational, educational and entertaining film in 2013!