Ah, the Oscars. A time to celebrate the many films of the year and all the people who worked so hard on them. Sadly, every year is plagued with politics, hosts trying to do their best with the audience’s slowly dwindling attention span, and general mud-slinging at nominees.
So how did this year fare? Who won and who actually deserved it? Let’s take a look.
So let’s begin with Seth MacFarlane’s hosting. And by that I mean I’m not going to talk about it. Of the hosts in the past few years, he was pretty good. His humor might not be your style but he also didn’t get to control the jokes as much as you’d think. Honestly, what they did make him do was pretty bad. I didn’t find it as offensive because, well, I don’t mind offensive humor. But there are thousands of articles on it, go read those, they are more eloquent on the subject than I could ever be. All I can say is I think it might have been better if he had pulled a Ricky Gervais.
There is nothing, read NOTHING, that angers me more than the fact that Brave won for beat animated feature. Yes, the effects and animation were great but the story was severely lacking and the direction was just terrible. Either Paranorman or Wreck-It-Ralph would have been acceptable – both were great in story and animation alike. The voters probably either, A) only saw Brave, or B) only saw the name Pixar, considering most of them are over 60 and many probably didn’t go see the other films. It’s not that Pixar doesn’t deserve acclaim but this was not as Oscar worthy film and blatantly so. At least Disney got an award for Paperman so that’s something.
I did not want Ang Lee to win for best director. It’s not that I hate him, or his work, but while Life of Pi was a technical wonder, I wouldn’t say it was an amazing film. The category was jam-packed full of greats, but I just though Lee’s film wasn’t as great as the other ones. Still he is a great director overall, so it’s not a crime that he won the award, but I think I would have liked to see it go to Spielberg.
Some nice not-so-much-surprises-but-still-not-entirely-expected was Quentin Tarantino winning for best original screenplay, cause he writes dialogue like no one else. Argo winning Best Picture feels a little bit like someone was trying to make up for the fact that Ben Affleck wasn’t nominated for Best Director. It is a very good movie, and was one of my personal top contenders for the award, but I think I would have liked to see it go to the slightly-cheesy-but-otherwise-great-character-study Lincoln. Either way, the history biopic always wins.
As for who won best actor and actress in both lead and supporting roles, it was the most obvious choices. While I (and apparently the rest of the world) love Jennifer Lawrence, it’s hard to deny that if anyone deserved the award, it would have been Emmanuelle Riva, whose been making movies for longer than I’ve been alive. And if Daniel Day-Lewis didn’t win, the Earth would just have split in half and taken the Academy down with it. One day, Leonardo DiCaprio you too will get an Oscar. They can’t deny it from you forever.
All in all, it was a pretty bad Oscars, but certainly not as bad as the Billy Crystal affair that went down last year. Though I will say that the lowest point of the night was when The Onion called 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis a “c-word.” Ah, the Oscars is always such a classy occasion. Let’s hope that the 86th Awards are better.