Tears, Jeers, and Spills – the Oscars had all that and more. The theme was a celebration of music and the show did not disappoint. Here are some of the highlights: Jennifer Hudson’s stirring rendition from the movie Dreamgirls (And I’m Telling You…) and Adele’s Oscar-winning performance for the song Skyfall (from the James Bond movie of the same name). In addition, there were many song and dance routines led by the event’s first-time host Seth Macfarlane (creator of “Family Guy” and “American Dad”).
I found Macfarlane to be very entertaining and gave the Oscars a more fun vibe than its usual stogy feel. He was funny and he was engaging. He cracked jokes that made me laugh and made me cringe (the Chris Brown reference was definitely a cringer). Macfarlane definitely brought new energy to the proceedings (even though the exchange between Macfarlane and William Shatner felt a bit staged).
As always, the real star of the show was the fashion. From L’Wren Scott to Versace and every designer in between, the women of the Oscars came out in their finest. The trend was definitely long with gowns ruling the red carpet. Also on the carpet was color. From creams to pinks to velvet blues, color was a winner all evening. It was visual eye candy.
So let’s get to the winners – For Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, beautiful in her role in Silver Linings Playbook, took an unfortunate (but funny) spill as she went up to get her award. Those long dresses are for Cinderella, Jennifer, not for you! For Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, who thanked everyone and ended her speech with a loving missive to her husband. For Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis ( a no-brainer in my opinion) for his electrifying turn as President Abraham Lincoln. For Best Supporting Actor, Christoph Waltz, for his role as a bounty hunter in Django Unchained. For Best Picture, it was revenge for Ben Affleck, as his movie Argo won in that category. For Best Director, without Affleck in the running (shame on you Oscars for that snub!), went to Ang Lee for Life of Pi. I was surprised that Spielberg didn’t win in this category for his directing of Lincoln. Oh well. Next time, Steven.
All in all, it was a great night, an entertaining spectacle, and another feather in Macfarlane’s (and ABC’s) cap.
For more event details, visit Oscar.com.