Seth Macfarlane as host of the 2013 Oscars was a strange choice in the eyes of many and once the show had ended many people felt that he’d not done a great job. Accusations of horrible sexism and a mean-spirited tone were the main complaints. Complaints that were able to focus on an opening musical number that exclaimed: “we saw your boobs”.
Personally, I thought that Macfarlane did an okay job as host. I wanted him to do better, to be funnier and sharper, but he didn’t actually throw out any mean jibes except to those it’s pretty hard to defend (a Mel Gibson gag related to Django Unchained and a Chris Brown/Rihanna gag related to . . . . . . . . Django Unchained). As for the accusations of sexism? Sorry, I’m not buying it. In the interest of fairness, here are two very different interpretations of the evening:
I agree with the second viewpoint.
As for the winners and the non-winners (because nobody is a loser, right?), it was a night with very few surprises, but the surprises were immensely satisfying (Tarantino actually winning for Django Unchained was something I never expected). Even the results that I didn’t agree with led to some wonderful moments for people who you simply couldn’t begrudge enjoying their moment onstage. Adele was sweet and tearful as she accepted the award for her work on Skyfall and Daniel Day-Lewis actually cracked the best gag of the night when he joked about originally being picked for the starring role in The Iron Lady before that went to Meryl Streep. I was happy to see Argo win for best picture, though I had been rooting for Life Of Pi, and it would be a very cold individual indeed who didn’t enjoy seeing the triumphant climax to an amazing award season for Jennifer Lawrence (bless her for having her little stumble as she made her way up to collect her award).
Low points, for me: The visual FX team winning for Life Of Pi and then being drowned out by the Jaws music, which was supposed to be lighten the whole “get off, you’re done” cue, before being cut off altogether as they tried to highlight the current plight of Rhythm & Hues.
The Bond montage introduced by one of the worst Bond girls ever (Halle Berry, in case that wasn’t immediately obvious).
The Les Miserables stage number. It just doesn’t do it for me, sorry.
High points: Shirley Bassey belting out “Goldfinger”. Wow, just wow. She blew the roof off, which made almost everyone else pale by comparison (though kudos to Jennifer Hudson for also acquitting herself so well)
The speeches by Christoph Waltz and Jennifer Lawrence.
Ben Affleck getting his moment.
Without further ado, the winners are:
- Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz
- Animated Short Film – Paper Man
- Animated Feature Film – Brave
- Cinematography – Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi
- Visual Effects – Life of Pi
- Costume Design – Anna Karenina
- Makeup and Hairstyling – Les Miserables
- Live Action Short Film – Curfew
- Documentary Short Subject – Innocente
- Documentary Feature – Searching for Sugar Man
- Foreign Language Film – Amour
- Sound Mixing – Les Miserables
- Sound Editing – Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall (A tie)
- Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway
- Film Editing – Argo
- Production Design – Lincoln
- Original Score – Life of Pi
- Original Song – “Skyfall”
- Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio for Argo
- Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained
- Directing – Ang Lee
- Actress – Jennifer Lawrence
- Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis
- Best Picture – Argo
And so that’s it for another year. What did you think of Oscars 2013?