I just finished watching the 85th Academy Awards. Seth MacFarlane’s jokes were lame and most of the musical numbers were over the top.
The highlight of the evening was Shirley Bassey singing Goldfinger to commemorate 50 years of James Bond. At 76, she still has the pipes. On a Bond related note, Adele won her first Academy Award for Best Original Song for Skyfall.
As expected, Argo won Best Picture despite the fact that Ben Affleck did not receive a nomination for Best Director. That award went to Ang Lee for Life of Pi.
Did we really need Michelle Obama to read out the winner for Best Picture?
I did, however, like Daniel Day-Lewis’ speech following his win for Best Actor in Lincoln. Day-Lewis, who is the first actor to win the Best Actor Oscar thrice, joked that he was originally cast to play Margaret Thatcher while Meryl Streep was Steven Spielberg’s first choice to play Lincoln. He also thanked his wife for putting up with “some very strange men” over the years adding that she was “the perfect companion to all of them.”
Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence tripped up the steps over her large dress as she headed to the stage to accept the statue.
Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained. He won the Best Supporting Actor trophy in 2010 for his work on another Tarantino film, Inglorious Basterds. Anne Hathaway, who co-hosted the Academy Awards two years ago, won Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables.
Much to my delight Searching for Sugar Man won Best Documentary Feature. Rodriguez however did not attend the ceremony because he did not believe he deserved any credit for the film. Frankly, Rodriguez had more business being present at the ceremony than the First Lady.