The 2013 Oscars are in the books and now we’re thankfully a full-year away from serious dramas and period-piece films until at least August. There were some surprises and other expected moments so here’s one final look at this year’s winners and my random thoughts.
*”Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty” seemed to be the favorites in early December, but Ben Affleck’s “Argo” became the runaway favorite picking up steam in January collecting most major awards to the point that it’s win seemed a foregone conclusion. You have to appreciate Affleck’s grateful and heartfelt acceptance speech
**Speaking of foregone conclusions. There was never really any chance of anyone winning this award. So much so that Meryl Streep didn’t even need to open her envelope to know this was all Day-Lewis’ moment. How surprisingly great and funny was his acceptance speech and who saw that coming? And while he didn’t take Oscar home last night, Jackman did win Best Gentleman of the night for trying to help up a less than graceful winner.
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
** Unlike the Best Actor race there was some legitimate drama in this category as it seemed a toss-up as to whether Chastain and Lawrence would end up holding Oscar at the end. For Lawrence, this was a remarkable accomplishment and following her second nomination, she seems destined to be accepting awards for a long, long time.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, “The Master”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”
** This was the other no-brainer award to the point that Field joked about it in a skit with host Seth MacFarlane.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
** Every nominee had a rightful claim to this one, but it was still somewhat of a surprise that Waltz won considering he’d so recently won the award in 2009 for “Inglourious Basterds.” De Niro on the other hand, hadn’t been nominated since 1992’s “Cape Fear.”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Behn Zeitlin, “Beast of the Southern Wild”
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
** This was undoubtedly the most controversial award come nomination time with many feeling that Affleck was slighted paving the way for an easy Spielberg win, but someone forgot to tell Academy voters. Lee’s “Life of Pi” had an unexpectedly great night winning four Oscars capped off by Lee’s second Best Director Oscar.
“Zero Dark Thirty”
**I figured the Academy would steer clear of seemingly endorsing a film about slavery, but that wasn’t the case as this win gave Quentin Tarantino his second Best Original Screenplay (1994’s “Pulp Fiction”). While I didn’t love the film, it definitely embraced the out of the box ORIGINAL thinking spirit of the award. I still think Rian Johnson should have gotten a nomination if nothing else for “Looper.”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
** This won for having the Pixar brand attached to it, not because it was the best animated film in the category.
**I’m hoping Adele does every Bond theme song until she retires from now on.
**Another of “Life of Pi’s” big wins. Hopefully this means, filmmakers will put more effort into their 3D productions now seeing that their hard work will be rewarded.