Just Bananas About: Week of 2/25/13

And the Oscar goes to…

First off, I think new host Seth MacFarlane did okay.  Sure, some of his material was a little off color (“Getting Inside Lincoln’s Head” joke) but there was a good mix of the crass with the classy (Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron making us swoon to “The Way You Look Tonight”).

Tonight’s theme to the award show was music through the movies and it was nice as the musical numbers helped to make the time go by.  Catherine Zeta-Jones did “All That Jazz” from Chicago while Jennifer Hudson did “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls.  Unfortunately, the sound mixing was kinda terrible for the ceremony.

So Helena Bonham-Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen’s voices were drowned out during the Les Misérables number and Adele’s voice wasn’t all that clear during the quieter moments of her number for Skyfall.  Even Shirley Bassey’s voice was a little drowned out by the orchestra during the 50 year tribute to James Bond.

Although Barbara Streisand sounded good for the In Memorium tribute.

However, I do want to mention how beautiful the set design for the stage was.  It was simple yet with a dash of elegance.  The stage was filled with lights coming from the bottom up and lights on a string.  Then various textured backgrounds were use to project images like when the cast members of the Avengers came out.

There were some surprises but most of the winners were expected.  Christoph Waltz started off with a win for Best Supporting Actor which I found surprising because his role in Django Unchained seems very outrageous just like in Inglorious Bastards where he won his first Oscar.  However, as expected Anne Hathaway won for Best Supporting Actress.  I was very happy she won but I don’t love her heavy-breathing, I’m overwhelmed-type of speech.  Something I’ve seen all this awards season so I kindly fast forwarded through her speech.

Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Argo and Best Original Screenplay goes to Django Unchained.  You know the guys in charge of censoring the show must have had their finger on the trigger just in case but thankfully Quentin Tarantino was tame.

Though Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated for Best Director, I was very happy to see Ang Lee getting some attention for Life of Pi.  It’s been awhile since he last won Oscar but this film had a very different feel.  On the one hand, there is one actor who is giving an account of his life and on the other hand, the other actor is acting pretty much alone with a CG tiger.

Best Actress went to Jennifer Lawrence who tripped on her voluminous dress on her way up to the stage but she recovers by making a little jab at herself.

And as predicted, Best Actor goes to Daniel Day-Lewis who thanked his wife of 16 years for having to live with a lot of the characters he’s brought home over the years.  I’m trying to think who would be more tolerable. Bill the Butcher from Gangs of New York or Daniel Plainview from There Will Be Blood.

Finally, the last presenter of the evening was Jack Nicholson with Michelle Obama!

And the Best Picture Oscar went to ARGO.

Seth MacFarlane ends the show with Kristin Chenoweth with a duet he titled, “Here to the Losers” just in case the losers were bummed about losing.  Ha.


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