85th Annual Oscar Awards Full of Suprises

Posted on March 20, 2013 by

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The biggest night for movies every year–the Oscars–has now passed.

The 85th annual event was hosted by Seth MacFarlane and aired on Sunday, 24 February.

MacFarlane helped boost the show’s ratings this year, with 40 million people tuning in to watch the awards.

Like every year, there were some surprises as well as some expected wins.

Argo, Ben Affleck’s Iranian hostage crisis thriller, took home the Best Picture award despite its director not receiving a Best Director nomination. This was the first time this happened since 1989 with Driving Miss Daisy.

Few were surprised when Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor award for his masterful performance as the 16th president in Lincoln.

Lewis now joins the prestigious group of actors who have won the award three times; he won in 2007 for There Will Be Blood and 1989 for My Left Foot.

Jenifer Lawrence took home the Best Actress award for the film Silver Linings Playbook. The Best Supporting Actress award went to Anne Hathaway for Les Misearables. Neither of these wins was very surprising.

The Best Supporting Actor award, however, has stirred more controversy. In one of the most crowded races in recent history, the award went to Christoph Waltz, who portrayed a bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.
Many complained that the German actor merely played a reprisal of his role in Inglorious Basterds, Tarantino’s earlier film.

Django Unchained also scored Tarantino an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Life of Pi was the night’s second most nominated film with 11 nominations. It won for Best Director (Ang Lee), Cinematography, Visual Affects, and Original Score.

It lost out in the Best Adapted Screenplay to Argo and also lost out in some other technical categories.

Amour won Best Foreign Film, which surprised nobody because the film was also nominated for Best Picture.

Despite the high ratings for the show, and a major boost in the 18-28 male demographic, the show was trounced by critics.  Many said Seth MacFarlane’s jokes were distasteful and not funny.

MacFarlane has said he is not returning to host ever again.

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