Before we get to the best of the year, let’s pause briefly to celebrate the worst of the year. The Golden Raspberry Awards, or Razzies, were handed out Saturday night. These awards, handed out in a mock ceremony, celebrate the worst of the past year. You may quickly notice a pattern. And the winners were:
Worst Picture: Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (TSBD2)
Worst Actor: Adam Sandler for That’s My Boy!
Worst Actress: Kirsten Stewart for both Snow White and the Huntsman and TSBD2
Worst Supporting Actor: Taylor Lautner for TSBD2
Worst Supporting Actress: Rihanna for Battleship
Worst Screen Ensemble: The Entire Cast of TSBD2
Worst Director: Bill Condon for TSBD2
Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel: TSBD2
Worst Screen Couple: Mackenzie Foy and Taylor Lautner for TSBD2
Worst Screenplay: David Caspe for That’s My Boy!
With all congratulations to the movie that very nearly swept the Razzies, let’s move on to the Oscars.
Seth MacFarlane was surprisingly good at the open. I was expecting a train wreck, but he made me laugh and I thought some of the dance numbers were inspired. I’m not sure the actresses involved were overly thrilled about “Boobs,” but having the LA Gay Men’s Chorus in the background was inspired and made me laugh out loud. “Be Our Guest” was the perfect way to segue into the actual awards.
The theme for the evening was music in the movies. It would be hard to think of another film series that is more tied into its music than Bond and the film montage to celebrate the 50 years of Bond was fun, but I would have preferred more of the songs themselves. Shirley Bassey, however, can still belt out a tune! She deserved that standing ovation.
Speaking of women who can sing, we were treated to a melody from songs from musicals of the past decade. Catherine Zeta Jones was amazing revising “All That Jazz.” I was singing along and cheering her as she hit note after note. Simply fantastic performance. She was followed by Jennifer Hudson who can also carry a tune to put it mildly. The cast of Les Mis, all back together and singing together gave me chills and brought me to tears. This was among the best musical tributes I have seen in a long time, perhaps ever.
Not be outdone, Adele came onto the stage later and simply nailed the Skyfall song. Bless her heart, she should never accept another award. She’s got a beautiful singing voice. Speaking? Not so much.
A great musical number of the night was a segue out of the annual In Memoriam feature. As we all know, Marvin Hamlish died this past year and, as his picture flashed up on the screen, Barbra launched into “Memories.” She may not be able to sing the way she could in the past, but it was damn close enough. Yes, the tears fell again.
The problem that I have with the Academy Awards is that they go on for far too long. There is too much filler, too much backslapping, too much blah. And, as the night goes on, it is two minutes of show and five of commercials. Even MacFarlane was talking about how long it had dragged on. I admit that I kept looking at the clock, willing midnight to come.
Overall, it was a good night and a good ceremony. It made me laugh and it made me cry, which is pretty much all I ask from an awards show. Without further ado, the Oscars went to:
Best Motion Picture of the Year: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney for Argo
-- Affleck was robbed of his directorial nomination, but this is the one that counts. Don’t forget, this is his second Oscar. He also won every other statue out there this year.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
-- DDL is the first actor ever to win three Oscars in the Lead category, which frankly is impressive as hell. This is one of the few movies I have seen and I loved it.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
-- She may have tripped up the steps, but she was lovely as she accepted the award.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained
-- This award was a shock! I would never have guessed his win, even though I haven’t seen the movie. My money was on Tommy Lee, who gave the performance of his life.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables
-- This was not a shock, but what a great acceptance speech.
Best Achievement in Directing: Ang Lee for Life of Pi
-- With all the other awards this movie has won, this was not a complete shock. I loved this book; guess it’s time to see the movie.
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained
-- Another great acceptance speech. He’s nuts, but he was incredibly gracious to both his actors and the other writers.
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Chris Terrio for Argo
-- A moving acceptance speech, in which Terrio acknowledged Affleck winning for his first screenplay.
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman for Brave
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour (Austria)
Best Achievement in Cinematography: Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi
-- Great introduction by the Avengers cast and ridiculous acceptance speech.
Best Achievement in Editing: William Goldenberg for Argo
Best Achievement in Production Design: Rick Carter, Jim Erickson for Lincoln
Best Achievement in Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling: Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell for Les Misérables
Best Achievement in Music, Original Score: Mychael Danna for Life of Pi
Best Achievement in Music, Original Song: “Skyfall,” Adele, Paul Epworth for Skyfall
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes for Les Misérables
Best Achievement in Sound Editing: Paul N.J. Ottosson for Zero Dark Thirty AND Per Hallberg, Karen M. Baker for Skyfall
Best Achievement in Visual Effects: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott for Life of Pi
Best Documentary, Feature: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn for Searching for Sugar Man
-- I must admit to being disappointed in this one. The Invisible War was the best movie I saw last year, but I haven’t seen this one so I won’t judge harshly.
Best Documentary, Short Subject: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix for Inocente
Best Short Film, Animated: John Kahrs for Paperman
Best Short Film, Live Action: Shawn Christensen for Curfew
Worst Dressed: Halle Berry
I’m mixed. On the one hand, I applaud Watts, nominated tonight for The Impossible, for trying to do something different, but on the other, I feel like this Giorgio Armani dress was just not red carpet ready. Perhaps it should have stayed on the runway.
Most Overrated: Jessica Chastain
Everyone on the red carpet kept raving about her Armani Privé dress and the only thing I can think of was that it did not photograph the same as it looked in person. The way I saw it, the color was bland and boring as was the styling of the dress. Her performance in Zero Dark Thirty may have been exemplary, but her fashion choices of late have certainly not been.
Best Impression of a Fish: Jennifer Hudson
Hudson performed “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” during the ceremony. I wish this mess of a dress would go. The usually stylish Hudson opted for a blue and scaly Cavalli gown, complete with mermaid train. This is the Academy Awards, not halloween.
Biggest Standout: Kerry Washington
With everyone else wearing white, blue, or grey, the Django Unchained star’s coral confection popped. A sparkly, floral inspired bodice paired with a simple skirt made me just happy to look at. Keep doing what you’re doing, Kerry Washington.
Best Accessory: Anne Hathaway
While I have mixed feelings about her Prada dress, I could not take my eyes off Hathaway’s floral necklace from Tiffany. What a fabulously sparkly way to celebrate your first Oscar.
Best Achievement in Embellishment: Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock’s style can be very hit or miss. Fortunately for us, tonight was a solid hit. Presenter Bullock stunned in a lacy, sequined Elie Saab gown that walked the line between sexy and sophisticated flawlessly.
Best Cleavage: Samantha BarksOn another starlet, the very deep v-neck Valentino gown might have looked trashy, but Barks (Les Misérables’ Éponine) pulled off the tricky look thanks to her subtle hair and makeup. I also have to give her credit for that absolutely beautiful statement necklace from Forevermark Diamonds. Stunning.
This one goes out to ChrisB! On the red carpet, JGL flashed his socks to a reporter and they were adorable. One had bicycles. Just because you’re wearing a tux, doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun, right?
Nominated tonight for The Master, Amy Adams lost ‘Best Dressed’ by a hair. Her dove grey Oscar de la Renta ball gown was simply jaw-dropping. She accessorized the look flawlessly with diamond drop earrings and a simple updo. Bravo, Amy.
Best Dressed: Jennifer Lawrence
Damn, girl. Silver Linings Playbook winner looked exactly like a flower and I do not mean that in a bad way. Her almost-white light pink Dior gown was just beautiful. The giant, origami-esque skirt combined with subtle hair and makeup made her undeniably the best dressed of the night. Although it appears to not have been that wearable. The poor girl tripped on the stairs on her way to pick up her award!