Oscars Recap: It Was an “Artistic” Evening
Billy Crystal made a welcomed return as host of this year’s ceremony.
The Oscars, the yearly event where the best of the best in films get together. Over one billion people tune in to hear famous actors talk about the great performances and artistic achievements of the year. All centering around films no one has ever seen or likely heard of as a good majority don’t have flashy special effects or are directed by someone with the last name of Lucas.
I thought starting the program out with Morgan Freeman and setting such a serious tone was an interesting choice for such a light-hearted event. It was Billy Crystal’s ninth time hosting the ceremony, and it definitely showed. While many of the bits were predictable; i.e. the obligatory film with the host comically inserting himself into the nominated works, song and dance numbers about the best picture nominees, and making fun of those sitting in the audience, while watching it I was just thankful for one thing: Billy Crystal was hosting and not Anne Hathaway and James Franco.
I had to drink a Red Bull to get through it last year.
I liked the homage they paid to classic films with the introduction of the nominees as well as the interviews of actors speaking about what movies meant to them. Although frankly some of them have had so much face work that I couldn’t tell if they were interviewing movie stars or aliens (Barbra Streisand). One of the coolest things of the night was the Cirque du Soleil tribute. That was incredibly impressive and kept the energy up.
I have to give props to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for the truly touching “In Memoriam” segment. Esperanza Spalding along with the Southern California Children’s Choir truly gave those that the industry has lost a wonderful tribute to “What A Wonderful World.” I recommend a YouTube lookup if you haven’t seen it. NOTE: I want EXACTLY that at my funeral…..except with Lady Gaga, Adele, or Florence Welch…..preferably all three.
Arguably the most scandalous event of the evening was concerning Jennifer Lopez. You could definitely see part of the American Idol judge’s nipple while she was presenting for best costume design with Cameron Diaz. I was not offended by any means because frankly breasts don’t frighten me like a lot of people. I wouldn’t go as far to call her “J-Ho,” but it was certainly a surprise at such formal occasion.
Also, I’m kind of upset they eliminated the performances of the “Best Original Song” nominees. That was my favorite part because I thought it put everyone at home on a level field by being able to judge the songs as most of the public haven’t seen the films. I am happy that “Muppet of a Man” from The Muppet Movie won.
The only slight surprise of the night was Meryl Streep winning for “The Iron Lady.” I was really hoping for Viola Davis to take the statue for “The Help” and from reports, she was the favorite to win. I haven’t seen “The Iron Lady” though, so it’s quite possible Streep deserved it. Still, Davis was so great in that movie that I really was wishing that she would take home the gold. I hope there is a next time for such a powerful and dynamic actress.
“The Artist” was the favorite to win many awards and it didn’t disappoint, taking Best Picture wins along with a slew of others. Below is a list of last night’s major winners. All in all, a tolerable three and a half hour ceremony.
Best Picture-“The Artist”
Best Actress-Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Best Actor-Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Best Supporting Actress-Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
Best Supporting Actor-Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Best Director-Michel Hazanavicus, “The Artist”
Best Original Screenplay-“Midnight in Paris”
Best Adapted Screenplay-“The Descendants”
Best Costume Design- “The Artist”
Best Animated Feature Film- “Rango”
Original Song- Muppet of a Man, “The Muppet Movie”
Original Score- “The Artist”
Justin Lowenhagen is a local news anchor, reporter, and actor. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Dec. 2011 with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism.
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