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Oscars 2013 Recap

Winners and Losers

Refer to my Oscar predictions from yesterday.

Best Picture – Argo

You guys, I totally called it. I am the motherfucking Nostradamus of this Oscars season. (I’m kidding, sort of.)

Argo, along with Lincoln, were my top picks for winning Best Picture. Argo ended up winning it all. Personally, I wanted Beasts of the Southern Wild to win, so I’m a little disappointed.

(But at least it wasn’t Lincoln or Silver Linings Playbook.)

Best Director – Ang Lee

BEST UPSET EVER.

I was thrilled when they announced that Ang Lee won. He was my pick for the director who should win, but I was convinced that they would give it to Spielberg (a rather predictable choice, in my opinion).

Ang Lee is now a two-time Oscar winner (he also won in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain) and he is still the first Asian to ever win an Oscar for directing. A lot of people didn’t think “Life of Pi”, the novel by Yann Martel, could have ever been turned into a movie, but Lee proved the skeptics wrong. He really pushed himself, and for that, he truly deserved the Oscar.

Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis

We all saw it coming, including Joaquin Phoenix who shook his head when the camera panned over to him.

Daniel Day-Lewis won for portraying Abraham Lincoln. That makes it a total of three Oscars for Day-Lewis. He previously won for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood.

Just… blah. Does anyone really need three Oscars?

Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence

This… made no sense to me. I saw it coming a mile away, given the fact that Jennifer Lawrence won the SAG award and the Golden Globe award and various other awards. But the character she played in Silver Linings Playbook was not a particularly amazing one.

Not to say that she’s a bad actress in general, but her performance in this particular movie was very bland and there wasn’t a whole lot of emotional depth going on. Everyone else nominated in that category had much stronger performances, especially Emmanuelle Riva – whose 86th birthday was yesterday.

The Academy basically gave Lawrence an Oscar for starring in a glorified romantic comedy.

(Harvey Weinstein, you’ve done it again.)

Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz

Hans Landa 2.0.

Enough said.

I love the guy, but I would venture to say that Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio (neither of whom were nominated) had better, stronger performances in Django Unchained. This is Waltz’s second Oscar, and for another Tarantino movie at that.

Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway

I love Anne Hathaway and I thought she deserved that win. And I was pleasantly surprised to see that she didn’t cry as much as I thought she would during her acceptance speech.

Best Animated Feature – Brave

Let’s be honest, they only gave the Oscar to Brave because it’s a Pixar-produced movie and everyone loves Pixar. (Also, I have a feeling that the Academy doesn’t take animation as seriously as the live-action films.)

Best Foreign Language Film – Amour

We all saw it coming. It was the only one also nominated for Best Picture, so of course it would win.

Best Documentary Feature – Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man was the only film in that category that didn’t have a political message or had any social importance whatsoever. It was a light-hearted, feel-good documentary, and that’s why I knew it would win.

Oscars usually go for the least controversial movie.

Best Animated Short Film – Paperman

Paperman won, most likely because of its association with Disney. But I thought the other nominees were much stronger.

Best Original Song – “Skyfall”

“Skyfall” won, which means Adele is now an Oscar winner on top of being a Grammy winner. All she needs is a Tony and an Emmy to qualify as a full-fledged EGOT-er.

What were your thoughts on the Oscars? Did your picks win? Not win? Comment below.