And The Oscars Went To…


At least two of the Filmwerk team stayed up all night to watch the Oscars unfold… Despite a truly excruciating and terrible pre-show of the red carpet (which seemed more interested in various ugly women’s opinions than actually showing us any stars) the show got underway.

Seth MacFarlane (who needs to learn not to clap while he is presenting) started on a bit of a rocky path, but was saved by William Shatner. Our host then went on to find his strengths not just in the jokes but also in his song and dance capabilities. As usual though as the show went on we saw less and less of our host, but he ad-libs throughout were usually pretty good. A particular highlight involved a Smokey and the Bandit moment with nominee Sally field.

The same could not be said of pretty much any presenter as comedy seemed forced and often irritable (yes you Melissa McCarthy and Paul Rudd). But Daniel Day Lewis probably gave the best speech for his win for Lincoln, and Ben Affleck for most deserving of an Award at the end of night for Argo. Lucky undeserving bastard went to Tarantino for his flabby Django unchained script.

The evening ended up at around 3 ½ hours for the awards – not aided by the overabundance of musical numbers: Bizarrely only celebrating the last 10 years of musical?

There was also a half-hearted effort to celebrate Bond turning 50. Shirley Bassey showed up to sing Goldfinger, which she gamely braved. Adele sang and then won for Skyfall. But not one James Bond showed up – despite the initial idea to have them all (or most of) on stage. A real let down.

We were also happy to see Searching For Sugarman win best Documentary!  Here is the full list!

Best Picture: Argo

Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo

Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Foreign Language Film: Amour, Austria

Animated Feature Film: Brave

Original Score: Life of Pi, Mychael Danna

Original Song: Skyfall from Skyfall, Adele Adkins and Paul Epwort

Production Design: Lincoln

Cinematography: Life of Pi

Sound Mixing: Les Miserables

Sound Editing: Life of Pi, Skyfall (tie)

Costume: Anna Karenina

Film Editing: Argo

Makeup and Hairstyling: Les Miserables

Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary (short subject): Inocente

Animated Short Film: Paperman

Live Action Short Film: Curfew

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