The 85th Academy Awards Analysis

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Another year of Oscars is over, here’s a look at the winners:

  • Life of Pi- 4 Wins (Cinematography, Director, Score, Visual Effects)
  • Argo- 3 Wins (Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Editing)
  • Les Miserables- 3 Wins (Makeup/Hairstyling, Supporting Actress, Sound Mixing)
  • Django Unchained- 2 Wins (Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay)
  • Lincoln- 2 Wins (Actor, Production Design)
  • Skyfall- 2 Wins (Sound Editing, Original Song)
  • Silver Linings Playbook- 1 Win (Actress)
  • Amour- 1 Win (Foreign Language Film)
  • Zero Dark Thirty- 1 Win (Sound Editing)
  • Brave- 1 Win (Animated Feature)
  • Anna Karenina- 1 Win (Costume Design)
  • Searching for Sugarman- 1 Win (Documentary Feature)
  • Inocente- 1 Win (Documentary Short)
  • Paperman- 1 Win (Animated Short)
  • Curfew- 1 Win (Live Action Short)

Just some of me pointing out the obvious: No wins for Best Picture nominee Beasts of the Southern Wild. The Best Picture winner (Argo) did not win the most awards, that honor went to Life of Pi. Despite its 12 nominations, Lincoln only took home 2 awards. Something less obvious was that there was a tie in the Best Sound Editing category between Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty. This was the fifth tie in Academy Awards history (first in its category and first since 1994)

Well, congratulations to Argo! Did it deserve it? In a word, no.

When I watched Argo, I did not get the feeling that I was watching this years’ Best Picture.When I watched Lincoln, I felt the feeling that I was watching a movie worthy of the Best Picture statue. It was the same feeling that I got when watching movies such as The Kings’ Speech, A Beautiful Mind, Titanic, Million Dollar Baby (all past winners). So why did Argo win? Well, the biggest names in Hollywood vote on the Academy Awards, and Argo is a movie that makes Hollywood the hero. This already gave it an advantage, but when Ben Affleck got snubbed for Best Director, everyone felt bad for him, and decided to give him the Best Picture vote out of sympathy. At least this my theory. Argo was one of my favorite movies this year, and maybe the academy truly thought it was the best. So congratulations to Argo!

Best Actress, Actor, and Supporting Actress were all predictable, and I was happy about each winner.

The award that brought me the most joy this year was Best Supporting Actor. Christoph Waltz winning automatically made it a great night for me. I thought Tommy Lee Jones was great, but Christoph Waltz was the beauty behind Django, which is something I can not say about Jones in Lincoln.

Even though my prediction was for Spielberg, I was actually more happy to see Ang Lee win. Good for him. He seems to be a very gracious, humble man, in a business where humbleness is hard to come by.

I was quite successful in my predictions this year, but I did lose in the two biggest categories. With that being said, I was 8/10 in the awards that I care about: (* means that I was incorrect)

*Best Picture*, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, *Best Director*, Best Animated Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Original Song

Next year I vow to be correct in every category ;).

2012 was a fantastic year that had just about everything. All we can hope is that 2010 and 2012 were not flukes (2011 was weak), and that there is a new sense of quality in films. Let’s hope for an equally as amazing 2013, and anything extra will be considered a bonus.

Oh, and who’s up for another year of Seth MacFarlane? He did a great job!

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