The Good, the Bad and the Oscar (goes to…)

This year’s Oscars impressed me – much thanks to Seth Macfarlane. Though he’s been getting back lash for a few jokes poking fun at Jews and women that may or may not have pushed the envelope, it was a stark improvement from the slanderous material of Ricky Gervais. A little gratitude people…

The majority of the ceremony Macfarlane delivered witty quips and light-hearted jabs at the nominees (and the man can sing!). Here’s a quick recap – a brief taste – of some of his genius last night.

I was extremely happy when…

Adele won for Best Original Song – she has now collected a Golden Globe, a Grammy and an Oscar… in the first two months of 2013.

The cast of Chicago reunited after 11 years, complete with a performance of “All That Jazz” by CZJ (she’s still got it…)

Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor, he’s now the only person in history to have won the award three times. And how does he respond? He jokes about how he was supposed to star as Margaret Thatcher in “Iron Lady,” and┬áSteven Spielberg’s first choice to play Lincoln was actually Meryl Streep. And he finishes the acceptance speech by thanking his mother (the perfect man? yes, yes he is)

Winners who spoke too long were cut off by Jaws music. I don’t know who came up with that one, but that’s award-worthy in itself.

Jennifer Lawrence tripped on stage as she goes to accept her Best Actress Oscar, reminding us that we’re all human, and proving she’s one grounded girl (pun intended). In fact, when the audience gave her a standing ovation, she said, “I know the only reason you’re doing that is because you feel bad that I fell, so sit down!”

Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for his role as a dentist-turned-bounty hunter in Django Unchained. His character is unarguably the most adorable, lovable, admirable man who kills people for a living to ever exist.

Channing Tatum DANCED!!! (with Charlize Theron…but really, who cares?).

And I was extremely pissed-off when…

Lincoln lost like every award imaginable. Lincoln got NO love. Well, it got some. It went 2/12 (Best Production Design and of course DDL). That’s just WRONG, in my opinion.

Anne Hathaway starts off her acceptance speech for her Best Supporting Actress Oscar with “It came true!” Maybe because I’m a writer, and I abhor cliches, I couldn’t stomach that one, but I’m sure the other %99.99999999 of the viewer probably found it endearing. Plus if I were on TV in front of 40 million people, I’m sure I wouldn’t be so eloquent. But I guess no one’s even listening to you when you’re wearing a dress like THIS:

The orchestra swallowed every performer whole. You could barely hear Adele and Norah Jones, who can croon with the best of ’em, over the roar of violins and trumpets. It didn’t matter for Jennifer Hudson who would sing over a nuclear explosion if she had the chance.

They had Michelle Obama announce the Best Picture award. I’m not trying to get political, in fact, that’s exactly what I’m criticizing. Politics has no place in show business, but unfortunately, they’re now infused and I don’t anticipate a separation – ever. I get that the majority of Hollywood is so liberal they’d cut off their right hand to prove it, but really people, can’t we let it be for one night?

Overall…

Pros > cons, and I can honestly say it was the best Oscars telecast in a few years, AND I can’t remember the last time the show ended when it was supposed to. Bonus points for that.

Et toi?

The Superbowl of Awards’ Shows is Nearly Upon Us…

As a film critic for the Michigan Daily, and a huge fan of film my entire life – I’m practically a walking, talking IMDB – this Sunday, February 24th is an important day for me. Though I’ll admit, I think the Golden Globes are a bit more entertaining on the regular, I can’t wait for this year’s Oscars broadcast.

First of all, Seth MacFarlane is hosting. Family Guy is, has always been, and always will be a go-to source of funny for me, and I enjoy the fact that there’s someone else out there who shares my sick and twisted sense of humor. I can’t imagine MacFarlane doing anything but absolutely killing it, and I’m excited to see how tame he can be…

Secondly, there are some GOOD races this year. There’s nothing duller than when a category is a lock. Anne Hathaway WILL win Best Supporting Actress for Les Miz (I mean come on, did you see her what that poor girl went through? Gotta give the girl something…), and Daniel Day-Lewis WILL win Best Actor for Lincoln (he was like a cinematic resurrection…). But the other main categories are brimming with uncertainty: Best Actress is a deadlock between Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook and Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty, Best Supporting Actor could go one of three ways, in my opinion, though my money’s on Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln, I’d be surprised if Best Director didn’t go to Spielberg, especially since Affleck and Bigelow are conveniently absent, and as for Best Picture, will it be Argo or Lincoln? It will be interesting to say the least to see how it all unfolds…

Thirdly – two words: RED CARPET. Be your own judge of how fabulous or fabulously horrid everyone appears as they flock down the strip. Plus, just the sight of Ryan Seacrest as men (and many of the women) tower over him during interviews just makes me go “Awwwwwwww.”

And if you need a fourth reason to watch, you know someone’s going to botch an acceptance speech or knock it out of the park, trip on stage, make some idiotic political comment or an ass of themselves in some way shape or form, reminding us that, although the Oscars are the biggest night in Hollywood honoring the most talented minds in the business, they’re just people who make believe for a living. Perspective…

So, if you haven’t seen any of the honored movies yet, I’ve reviewed four of the Best Picture nominees (many of which were honored in countless other categories too) – and they’re all Must-See flicks: Argo, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Amour… and there’s still time to catch them before Sunday!

What did you think of this year’s “best” films? Do you watch the Oscars? Who are you excited to see walk the red carpet? Who do you want to win/think will win/and definitely DON’T want to win?

I’ll be weighing back in post-ceremony with more thoughts, opinions and potentially some major venting… and I hope you will join me!