It’s a tough job hosting the Oscars, but someone has to do it. This year’s show was no different from others but Seth MacFarlane didn’t totally bomb out.
It seems that Seth MacFarlane had a jump on the Oscar audience this year, poking fun at what future headlines would say about his performance as host. Via screen, William Shatner, who was dressed as Captain Kirk, made an appearance from the Starship Enterprise to warn Seth that all of his hosting reviews will be bad. He was right.
For example, The Globe and Mail’s headline was “Seth MacFarlane keeps up the Oscar trend of terrible hosts” stating that his jokes weren’t “edgy or controversial” enough. Say what? Um, I think Ricky Gervais proved that no one wants controversial or edgy. Hello, really?
MacFarlane delivered some zingers, which were fair and funny, but it’s been proven that this set of Hollywood folk don’t like to be made fun of. The show itself was mostly boring, but that’s because it runs more than three hours long. But there were some great moments featuring Shirley Bassey, who belted out the Bond song “Goldfinger,” as well as performances by Adele, Jennifer Hudson, and Barbra Streisand who sang “The Way We Were.” These performances as well as a few dance numbers perked up the show, which just seemed to drag on (like always).
Overall, the wins were pretty spot on with a few surprises, including Ang Lee for Best Director and Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor—all well deserved.
The 85th annual Academy Award winners list:
Best Picture: “Argo.”
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.”
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables.”
Best Director: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi.”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Amour.”
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, “Argo.”
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained.”
Best Animated Feature Film: “Brave.”
Best Production Design: “Lincoln.”
Best Cinematography: “Life of Pi.”
Best Sound Mixing: “Les Miserables.”
Best Sound Editing (tie): “Skyfall,” ‘’Zero Dark Thirty.”
Best Original Score: “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna. Canadian!!
Best Original Song: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.
Best Costume Design: “Anna Karenina.”
18. Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man.”
19. Documentary (short subject): “Inocente.”
20. Film Editing: “Argo.”
21. Makeup and Hairstyling: “Les Miserables.”
22. Animated Short Film: “Paperman.”
23. Live Action Short Film: “Curfew.”
24. Visual Effects: “Life of Pi.”