The 2012/13 Award Season came to an end with the 85th Academy Awards last Sunday, after 4 months of several award shows and red carpet events.
The Best Director of the year was Ben Affleck for Argo, winning the Critics’ Choice Awards, Golden Globes, Directors Guild of America and BAFTAS. The runner-up was Ang Lee for The Life of Pi, winning the London Film Critics and the Academy Awards (Oscars). Here the Academy really “messed up” and many public figures, including the Oscars’ presenter, mentioned that not even nominating Ben Affleck for the director Oscar was not right.
The Best Actress of the year, well, the two best were Jennifer Lawrence, for Silver Linings Playbook, and Emmanuelle Riva, for Amour, with four awards each. Jennifer won the LA Film Critics, Golden Globes (musical/comedy), Screen Actors Guild and the Academy Awards. Emmanuelle won the LA Film Critics (they were tied), European Film Awards, London Film Critics and the BAFTAS. It was a great year for Jennifer Lawrence, winning an oscar at 22, and for a romcom (not easy!) and being, probably, the most beloved young actress right now. Who doesn’t love her?
The Best Actor of the year was Daniel Day-Lewis, for his role in Lincoln, winning a total of six best-actor awards: New York Film Critics Circle, Critics’ Choice Awards, Golden Globes (drama), Screen Actors Guild, BAFTAS and the Academy Awards (where he became the 1st to win 3 oscars for Best Actor). Worth mentioning was Hugh Jackman‘s win at the Golden Globes (musical/comedy) for his amazing performance in Les Misérables.
The Best Supporting Actor big winner was Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained, winning at the Golden Globes, BAFTAS and the Academy Awards. The runner up was Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master, winning at the Critics’ Choice Awards and the London Film Critics.
The Best Supporting Actress was apparently an easy choice for most awards. She’s, of course, Anne Hathaway for her astonishing performance in Les Misérables. She won the Critics’ Choice Awards, Golden Globes, London Film Critics, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTAS and the Academy Awards. Although highly criticized, she deserved every one of these awards.
The Best Film of the year was Argo! From the producers Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov, and directed by Ben Affleck, Argo won five awards for Best Film: Critics’ Choice Awards (Best Picture), Golden Globes (drama), Screen Actors Guild (ensemble cast), BAFTAS and Academy Awards.
The Best Animated Film of the year was Brave, winning three award including the Oscar. The Best Original Screenplay went for Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained, winning a total of four awards, including the Oscar. The Best Adapted Screenplay went for Chris Terrio, for his work on Argo, with a total of three awards including an Oscar. Amour was another big film of the year, winning 5 awards as Best Foreign Language Film and three awards as Best Film. On the Best Song department, Adele’s Skyfall won all three awards with this category: Critics’ Choice Awards, Golden Globes and Academy Awards
The Oscars ended the season on a good note. Seth MacFarlane was the host and I liked it, true that sometimes his jokes were a little controversy, but I enjoyed moments like the “We saw your boobs” song, Seth making out With Sally Field while wearing the Flying Nun costume and the special appearance of Captain Kirk. My top 5 moments of the ceremony were:
Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum dance while Seth sing, and then Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe sing and dance as well with the host!
Jennifer Lawrence tripped on the staircases on her way to collect her Oscar but recovered brilliantly and received a standing ovation: “You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that’s really embarrassing.”
The cast of Les Misérables performed “One Day More” on stage.
The First Lady, Michelle Obama, presented the award for Best Picture from the White House.
Ben Affleck got his Oscar for Argo, Best Picture: “I thank everyone in the movie. I want to thank Canada. I want to thank our friends in Iran living in terrible circumstances right now. I want to thank my wife, who I don’t normally associate with Iran, but I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It is work but it is the best kind of work, and there’s no one I’d rather work with.”
Note: My favorite real-life couple now is definitely Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. The proud look on her face each time her husband won an award during this season, and his devoted look to her, totally won me over.