A Recap of the Oscars: What’d You Miss?
It is estimated that 40.3 million people watched the 2013 Oscars, 3 percent more than last year. There were close to 2.5 million tweets during the Oscars with #Oscars, #Academy Awards, #Oscars2013 and #RedCarpet being the most used hashtags for the event. According to Trendrr, a New York-based digital and social media business, Adele had the most “interactions” followed by Anne Hathaway, Seth McFarlane and Jennifer Lawrence. So, what did everyone find to keep them glued to their TV and typing on their phones, tablets and laptops at a furious speed?
Best Actor and Actress
The Best Actor award went to Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln. That made him the only person in the history of the Academy Awards to win three Oscars. Daniel Day-Lewis is well-known for his ability to totally immerse himself in the characters he portrays by remaining in character for the complete filming of a movie. His interpretation of Abraham Lincoln was no exception.
The Best Actress Oscar was awarded to Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. In the Twittersphere and in other places, she was considered the best dressed woman at the event. She wore a gorgeous Dior gown, which in her excitement she accidentally tripped over on her way to the podium.
The winner of the Best Picture award this year was Argo, beating out favorites Lincoln and Life of Pi. The Best Animated Film went to Brave and the Best Animated Short went to Paperman. Kristina Reed, the short’s producer, was tossed out of the Oscars after she began throwing paper airplanes covered in kisses from her balcony seat when Paperman won.
This year’s Best Director award went to Ang Lee the director of Life of Pi. Lee considers Life of Pi to be “the hardest movie I have ever made.” Considering that it took four years, 3,000 people and a water tank in an old Taiwanese airport to make the film, we can see why. Other nominees included Steven Speilburg for Lincoln, Michael Haneke for Amour and Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild.
The Oscar for the Best Musical Score went to Mychael Danna for Life of Pi. Best Original Song was from the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall. The song was almost banned from being considered because of the inclusion of part of the typical James Bond theme that has been in use since 1962. The Academy says that “An original song consists of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the motion picture.” The Academy decided it wasn’t that big of a deal and included the song.
Moments to Remember, or Maybe Not
This year’s great number was Seth McFarlane who rose to fame as the creator of Family Guy. That should be your first clue that his stint on stage would be out-of-the-box and off-color. Family Guy is anything but a family show. While some of his jokes went way too far, it was to be expected and produced controversy. This simultaneously upped ratings while putting the powers-to-be in the Academy in hot water.
The Best Speech went to Ben Affleck who concluded with the words, “You have to work harder than you think you possibly can. You can’t keep up grudges… And it doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life because that’s gonna happen. All that matters is that you gotta get up.”
The Funniest Moment went to Jennifer Lawrence’s fall on the way to accept her award. Then there was the Jaw’s theme that was played if a speech started to go over the time allotted. Anne Hathway was not to be outdone by last year’s winner, Jennifer Lopez, of the Most Mentioned Wardrobe Malfunction. Anne Hathaway did win Best Supporting Actress for Les Miserables. Les Miserables also won the award for Most rare Pronunciations of a Film’s Name.
The 2013 Oscars proved that the event is nevertheless one of the biggest and brightest. It also showed that when you fill a room with creative people with more than their fair proportion of inflated egos, you never really know what will happen. Stay tuned for Oscars 2014.