Jennifer Lawrence Falls, Seth MacFarlane Raises Eyebrows, “Argo” Surprises as Oscars Take Central Stage

And that’s all folks. Another year in movies, another awards season must come to an end. The climax of all that’s gold and glitters in Hollywood presented us with the 85th Academy Awards last night. As with all Oscars’ telecasts, there were aspects that hit the mark and others that flopped.

Of course you can’t talk about the Oscars without first dabbling in the fashion. Many of the night’s silver-screen goddesses did not disappoint with actresses like Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence ruling the red carpet with overwhelming glamour. Unfortunately, there’s always a few that the consensus deems did not get it right. Sorry, Anne Hathaway! I think the night will still go well for you…

Seth MacFarlane proved adept at hosting, even succeeding at making Grumpy-Cat-lookalike Tommy Lee Jones smile within the first five minutes. The first-time Oscar host seemed to struggle with the overall tone for the show, however. While rather innocently jabbing at the likes of Ben Affleck and Daniel Day-Lewis, he also elicited a few audience gasps when he made a Chris Brown/Rihanna joke and a John Wilkes Booth reference that also got a chorus of “Oooohs.” It wasn’t too shocking; you come to expect any host to stretch the boundaries a bit with one or two jokes that may not be entirely PC and remember, Seth MacFarlane is the creator of everyone’s favorite raunchy teddy bear, “Ted.” But all of this was mixed in with some old-fashioned singing and dancing with help from Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Daniel Radcliffe, that while cute, made for an odd juxtaposition. All in all though, a valiant effort Mr. MacFarlane!

Another interesting addition to this year’s show was the curious choice for the infamous “playing-you-off” musical score. As Ellen DeGeneres most aptly put it the year she hosted, “It’s not that we don’t have time for long speeches. We don’t have time for boring speeches.” The orchestra playing the “Jaws” theme to hurry up the winners’ speeches was funny the first few times, but in the end seemed a bit awkward and mean, especially when it cut off Best Visual Effects winner Bill Westenhofer. Perhaps a return is in order to the tried and true classic music, which is a bit easier to talk over.

All this talk and we haven’t even discussed the winners! Not too many shocks overall. Anne Hathaway and Daniel Day-Lewis unsurprisingly took home the gold for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Christoph Waltz waltzed his way to a second Supporting Actor win and Jennifer Lawrence collected her first Best Actress trophy, even though it did mean taking a bit of a tumble to get there. The actress handled it with her usual humor and aplomb, though. Don’t worry, J. Law! I’m pretty sure Oscar cushioned the fall!

As for the night’s other top prizes, Ang Lee won Best Director for the visually stunning “Life of Pi” and Ben Affleck’s “Argo” proved its’ momentum train was still chugging along when it took home the coveted Best Picture award. People may argue that it was a peace offering for Ben’s Best Director snub, but the competition was fierce, and “Argo” is a solid and wonderfully crafted film that deserved the honor. Kudos to Ben and everyone involved. For a complete list of the evening’s winners, go here.

The show had other highs, including a celebration of 50 years of James Bond (and one helluva performance by Best Song winner Adele) and a tribute to musicals, which brought performances by Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and the cast of “Les Miserables.” While I am always sad to see Oscar season end, it’s nice to be able to take a bit of a breather before the next feeding frenzy begins. However, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already contemplating what this year’s crop of films will bring…Too soon?

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