Oscars 2012: Monday (Evening) Wrap-Up

25 02 2013

Well, this got pushed to the bottom of my to-do list all day, whoops.  Now the Oscars seem like a million years ago, especially since Harvey Weinstein already got us thinking Oscars 2013 (or 2014, depending on how you date the awards) by leaking this picture of Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in “Grace of Monaco.”  The season never ends.  Just like how everyone started talking 2016 on November 7 of last year.

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I thought this year’s crop of winners was good, for the most part.  And by that I mean, my happiness for “Argo” and “Les Misérables” winning 6 Oscars combined was probably greater than my anger at the lackluster “Django Unchained,” “Life of Pi,” and “Lincoln” taking home a combine 7 Oscars.

Really, I just wanted Anne Hathaway to win.  Just as last year, I really only wanted to see “Midnight in Paris” win Best Original Screenplay.  And the year before that, it was Natalie Portman for “Black Swan.”  Thankfully, these mildly difficult request have been met by the Academy.

Though I will say, I get all worked up predicting the winners every year … and then it all unfolds generally according to plan.  Was there really much surprising at all about this ceremony, save maybe Christoph Waltz’s win?  (It shouldn’t have been a surprise if we had taken into account that he has never lost a major award on the American film awards circuit that he has been nominated for.)  I think Meryl Streep’s win last year is the biggest surprise since “Crash” winning Best Picture in 2005.

Class of 2012

Argo,” not unlike “The Artist” last year, is a Best Picture winner I can live with and be happy for.  Someone posted an article recently saying that awards season seems to have a way of making us hate the movies we once liked.  I’d say that’s pretty fair.  I got sick of “Argo” winning everything by the end.  It removes the suspense and the fun from the game!  And such an industry consensus gives you all the more opportunities to wonder how much it really deserves its accolades.

In other news, Jennifer Lawrence is one of my new favorite human beings ever … if you want to know what it would be like for me to win an Oscar, these next few clips would give you a great idea.

And the cast reunion of “Les Misérables” was absolute heaven.  I mean, really, I felt so deeply in that moment that I was once again filled with that sense of spiritual renewal and revival that only one musical can bring.

As for the ceremony itself as a whole, Seth MacFarlane was OK.  At least he knew not to take it personally when jokes would flop, and building in a safeguard against his own failure to dull the excoriation was smart.  But I found his humor to be always just slightly off-the-mark.  And the “We Saw Your Boobs” song was just ridiculous.  Sadly, it’s a reality that many esteemed actresses might feel the pressure to drop their drawers to appeal to the older men that make up the majority of the Academy  … but it was reduced to a sexist punchline.

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The one thing that was SPECTACULAR though was the red carpet fashion for the women.  I mean, holy cow!  I was bowled over by how gorgeous Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, and Jennifer Lawrence looked.  Their beauty is rivaled only by their talent.

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85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

So I guess this is, sadly, more or less a wrap on a season of Oscar reporting.  Always sad to see it go, but this year was especially fun.  Don’t know what will be my “Les Misérables” of 2013, but I can’t wait to see some new movies to find it!


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