Because so many outstanding films were in Oscar contention this year, I watched this year's Oscars telecast live and loved it. Sorry guys, but I thought Seth MacFarlane was a hoot and he can sing and dance too. Who knew?
I suspect that Tine Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Oscars next year but if they decide to bring back MacFarlane that will be just fine with me.
When Ben Affleck's Argo
was announced as the Best Picture Oscar winner I cheered. What a wonderful way for the Academy to give a big Bronx cheer to the Director's Guild for passing over more deserving directors in favor of a couple of art house films, Amour
and Beasts of the Southern Wild
and another, which I thought was badly paced, Life of Pi
. Anyway, huzzahs to Affleck! The Academy owes him a Best Director nomination one of these days, at least.
I found myself sweating blood over the Best Supporting Actress winner's announcement. I really wanted Anne Hathaway to win for her luminous performance as the doomed Fantine in Les Miserables
and she did! In this connection, I thought the Les Mis production number with most of the film's cast was wonderful stuff, the Oscars at their best.
As happy as I was that Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as the flawed heroine in Silver Linings Playbook
, I had hoped, but didn't hold out much hope, that Jessica Chastain might win for her great performance as the driven CIA agent in Zero Dark Thirty
Christoph Waltz's winning his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as the lethal doctor in Django Unchained
excited me almost as much as Hathaway's win. I thought Waltz's was clearly the best among the nominated Best Supporting Actor performances.
Finally, I had long since discounted any serious possibility that Daniel Day-Lewis wouldn't win another Best Actor Oscar. His performance as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln
was one of the best, perhaps the very best, performances in the history of film.