Monday, February 25, 2013

the aftermath of the oscars

The Academy Awards was simply amazing.

You can see a full list of the winners and nominees here, and my personal predictions in my last blog post.

There was much controversy about two people, the first being our host for the evening, Seth MacFarlane. I have to say that, while some of Seth's jokes may have been inappropriate for this event, he was quite humorous. "We Saw Your Boobs" is a musical number that one just cannot forget. I will say that, yes, he was a mediocre host. He had his moments. Should such "crude humor" be used at the Academy Awards again? Questionable.

The mystery presenter for Best Picture caught me off-guard a bit. I was not expecting to see the First Lady. I can see how she would fit into the scheme, with quite a few of the nominees  being political/historical films. But, I do not think that she was the best pick, as, frankly, she has no place in film.

Now, to be bluntly honest, I personally have not viewed any of the best picture nominees.

But wait! Don't stop reading now. I know it's a crime to have not seen them, but I promise to view them all at one point or another, and blog about my experiences. I will not go on about the nominated films like I know what I'm talking about.

As a fan of Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis, I was pleased by their wins. Although I'm sure Ang Lee deserved the gold, Steven Spielberg's mere nomination left me disappointed. Spielberg is my absolute favorite director of all-time. I really shouldn't be judging yet, though.

The theme for the evening was interesting, but I did not think it to be particularly captivating. Wouldn't History in Film be a fitting theme, as several of the best picture nominees were histories? Music in Film was not a bad choice though; the Les Misérables mash-up was entertaining, as was Channing Tatum's dance. Adele's performance was above average, but "We Saw Your Boobs" stole the show.

As for speeches, I was pleasantly delighted when I heard the Jaws theme cut off lengthy thank-yous. It was comical, it was classic, it was so the Oscars.

Jennifer Lawrence's speech left me flabbergasted. I give her respect for not writing a speech due to humble intentions, but at the same time I feel that she should have placed her thoughts together beforehand.

Ben Affleck's speech, on the other hand, was inspiring and heartwarming. Perhaps I teared up a bit during it. Maybe. Hearing his speech reminded me exactly what the Academy Awards are all about. You just can't argue that one.

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