Oscar reflections

Elizabeth Golden

Seth MacFarlane did a wonderful job hosting the Oscars despite his racial comments, sexist remarks and all-around crude humor, but that is what he is known for, after all.

When asking the creator of “Ted” and “Family Guy” to host the Oscars, no one expected the content to be enjoyable for the whole family.

Besides his R-rated humor, MacFarlane shines with his hilarious snide remarks and brilliant vocal styling. Who even knew he could sing?

The show began with William Shatner aka Captain Kirk from Star Trek appearing and telling MacFarlane how the paper will rate him as the worst Oscar host ever. So, of course MacFarlane follows that remark by singing a song about female nudity in film. Although crude, this song was extremely laughable and entertaining.

Shatner continued to mention how MacFarlane will continue to make a fool of the Oscar ceremonies, so Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum ballroom dance to MacFarlane’s beautiful rendition of the classic, “The Way You Look Tonight” followed by MacFarlane joining the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. The awards portion hadn’t even begun and this Oscar ceremony was already finding its place in history.

As for the awards, there were several surprises, but many obvious choices.

“Life of Pi” of course won almost every production award. From cinematography to Visual Effects to directing, this film was a sure fire winner. How could it not win? Every aspect of the film was beautifully done and definitely the best produced film of the year. When it came to entertainment level and overall merit, “Life of Pi” fell short of sweeping the floor with best picture.

“Django Unchained” was also a film worthy of several awards. Best Original Screenplay was an obvious award for Django since a film can’t get too much more original. It’s not every day the audience is able to witness slaves slaughtering their masters on the big screen. Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor, however, was a surprise to many. There were so many amazing men in the category such as Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Tommy Lee Jones. All of the actors nominated are classics, but Waltz did do an incredible job and deserved the award.

Daniel Day-Lewis made history as the first actor to win an Oscar three times in the same category. He won for his brilliant portrayal of the 16th President of the United States in “Lincoln.”

One of the biggest surprises of the night was Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Actress for her role in “Silver Lining Playbook.” Jessica Chastain, for “Zero Dark Thirty,” was the front-runner in the competition and it came as a surprise when Lawrence’s name was called. She deserved the award, but not many expected the underdog to win. Lawrence also made for one of the most entertaining moments of the night. As she was walking up the stairs to receive her award, she tripped on her dress and fell flat on the floor. Several men rushed to help her, but she pulled through on her own. She is Katniss Evergreen, after all. Thankfully she had a good enough sense of humor to laugh the incident off, but her awkwardness was obvious.

 The Best Original Song award also came as quite a surprise. “Les Miserables” was bound to win, but somehow Adele’s “Skyfall” managed to walk away with the award. Adele brilliantly sang the song, but as for emotional impact and lyrics, “Les Miserable” should consider themselves robbed.

“Argo” won Best Picture as well as Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay. The latter awards may have been obvious to many, but Best Picture came as a surprise to some. As a hard-core Ben Affleck fan, I was rooting for “Argo” all along, but “Les Miserable” and “Life of Pi” seemed to be the more popular choices. This film truly had it all. With a brilliant cast, an incredible script and an touching story,  there was no better choice for Best Picture.

Overall, this was one of the best Oscar ceremonies of the recent years. MacFarlane was hilarious, the dresses were beautiful and the acceptance speeches were moving many audience members to the point of tears. The 85th Academy Awards could not have gotten much better.

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