In the 85 years of its existence, the each Academy Award ceremony has been different from the others with different nominees, different winners and losers, and different shining moments. Some years have been better than others, and, for better or for worse, some have been more memorable than others. The 85th Annual Academy Awards ceremony that aired this past Sunday was definitely one of the better, more memorable ceremonies in recent years.
This year’s Academy Awards was hosted by “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, who proved to be a very witty and entertaining host. One of his best lines included when he was talking about 9-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest Best Actress nominee ever, saying in a sarcastic, unimpressed tone to the other nominees, “So you were nominated for an Oscar, something a 9-year-old could do.” He even did a goofy musical rendition of “Be Our Guest,” mocking past hosts and Oscar telecasts that were “designed to put your patience to the test.” And of course, let’s not forget the odd yet cute dance he did with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe.
In one of the many surprises of the evening, Chistoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” an award that many people had predicted would go to Tommy Lee Jones for his role in “Lincoln.” This was Waltz’s second Oscar win, his first being for his role in Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” a few years before.
Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for her tragic, much talked-about role as Fantine in the movie adaptation of the famous musical “Les Miserables.” As she came up to accept her award, she whispered into the microphone “It came true” before giving a appreciative, heartfelt acceptance speech.
Both “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall” won the award for Best Sound Editing, one of the few ties ever to occur in Oscar history. “Skyfall” also won an award for Best Original Song, “Skyfall” by Adele.
As expected, Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for his role as the beloved sixteenth President in “Lincoln.”
Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” beating out Sally Fields for her role as Mary Todd Lincoln in “Lincoln” and the young Quvenzhane Wallis for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” In one of the more memorable moments of the evening, Lawrence tripped and fell while ascending the stage to accept her award. This led to her getting a standing ovation from the audience, to which she giggled, “You guys are only standing because you feel bad that I fell, and that’s embarrassing.”
Ang Lee won Best Director for the surreal yet visually stunning film “Life of Pi.”
Then time came to announce Best Picture of the Year. Jack Nicholson took the stage to present the award, but it was the First Lady herself Michelle Obama, appearing via live satellite feed, who announced “Argo” as Best Picture.
Emotions ran high for “Argo” director, producer, and star Ben Affleck as he accepted the award and thanked his children and his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, with tears in his eyes. “I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases,” he said to Garner. “It is work but it’s the best kind of work and there’s no one I’d rather work with.” Although many argue that Affleck was snubbed for Best Director, he definitely didn’t let the snub ruin his big night.
Other winners included “Life of Pi” for Best Visual Effects, “Les Miserables” for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, “Brave” for Best Animated Feature, “Paperman” for Best Animated Short, and Quentin Taratino for Best Original Screenplay (“Django Unchained”) and Chris Terrio for Best Adapted Screenplay (“Argo”).