85th Annual Academy Awards Recap: MacFarlane’s Lethal “Argo” Humor
The wait is over Nerdles fans! The 2013 Annual Academy Awards, or what is more famously referred to as The Oscars, is finally here! This year, the producers are banking on Seth MacFarlane’s dynamic humor to bring life to the event; that’s on top of the fashion excitement and overall celebrity charm that have earlier paraded on the red carpet. Here’s our recap of what transpired tonight.
Seth MacFarlane’s almost twenty minute-opening act is a comedic mélange ranging from dry to superb, all of which would make every celebrity mentioned squirm. Seth threads along areas that only Ricky Gervais could do. First off Seth’s list is Tommy Lee Jones and his infamous deadpan look amidst the hilarity during the Golden Globe Awards back in January. Tommy takes the pun good-naturedly and sports a smile this time.
Everybody knows that this year’s Oscars has its own share of negative criticism particularly for failing to recognize Ben Affleck in the Best Director category. Seth’s second target is the Academy itself: Argo is so top secret that the organization doesn’t even know who the director is. Seth adds that the Academy screwed up and that it’s not Ben’s fault. Right on! Famed method actor Daniel Day Lewis’s doesn’t escape his attention, either: Seth asks whether the actor, when in character, would go all the way to free Don Cheadle should he meet him.
Seth draws laughs when he likens Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” to a date movie for Chris Brown and Rihanna but fails to rouse the crowd when he mentions that the film is “loosely based on Mel Gibson’s voice mails”. He recovers by saying to the crowd that they’re on Gibson’s side.
About ten minutes into his act, Seth is joined by William Shatner who relives his famous character, Captain Kirk. Shatner acts as the “guide from the future”, telling Seth the ways and means of avoiding a disastrous show. We all know about Seth’s adult humor (check out the storylines in “Family Guy”) and the fears that he might implement the same style during the Oscars; this is probably the producers’ means of debunking such anxiety.
Shatner provides videos of what could likely happen, such as Seth singing about bared breasts on-screen (plus a long reference list of Kate Winslet’s flicks), drug and liquor use via Denzel Washington’s “The Flight” and a make-out session with Sally Field. In the end, Shatner gets Seth singing and dancing in honor of music in Hollywood movies. We see Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron gliding on stage as well as Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon Levitt singing a Frank Sinatra classic. Seth ends his act with Disney’s “Be Our Guest” from the animated film “Beauty and the Beast”.
On with the awards: Chirstoph Waltz bags the first plum award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Django Unchained”. Clearly, Waltz is overwhelmed by his win judging from the nervousness on his voice. Once again, Waltz goes a little poetic as he pays homage to Tarantino, calling him a hero and something about dragon slaying and crossing fires.
A bearded Paul Rudd joins Melissa McCarthy in a very awkward moment on stage. I’m glad they’ve dispensed their act as quickly as time permitted them. The two present the winners for animated film: John Kars’ Paper Man for Best Animated Short Film and Brave for Best Animated Feature Film (award accepted by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman). A glowing Reese Witherspoon also participates in the show by presenting three nominees for Best Film: Les Miserables, Life of Pi and Beasts of the Southern Wild. In light of the third film, Seth gives a little trivia: Quvenzhane Wallis (the youngest Best Actress nominee at the age of 9) will have to wait another sixteen years before she can be Clooney’s girl.
The main actors of The Avengers, minus Chris Hemsworth, join forces for the next set of awards. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner all look dapper in their dark suits but nobody can beat Samuel Jackson’s red attire. Life of Pi wins Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. Unfortunately for the visual effects winners, the orchestra loudly cuts them off before they finish their speech. Now that’s really done in distaste. Even Nicole Kidman looks embarrassed for what has just transpired.
Anna Karenina’s Jacqueline Durran picks her award for Best in Costume Design while Les Miserables’ Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell earn their Oscar trophies for Best in Make-up and Hairstyling. For the nominated short films, Shawn Christensen’s work for “Curfew” wins him the Best Live Action Short Film Award while Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine bag the Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente.
A string of standing ovation musical performances also ensue with Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger), Jennifer Hudson (And I Am Telling You I’m not Going), Catherine Zeta-Jones (All That Jazz) and the cast of Les Miserables (Suddenly/ One Day More). More awards come in as well with Searching for Sugar Man (Best Documentary Feature), Amour (Best Foreign Language Film), Les Miserables (Best Sound Mixing) and a tie between Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall for Best Sound Editing.
A very emotional Anne Hathaway picks up her very first Oscar (Best Supporting Actress) for her performance in Les Miserables. Argo and Lincoln win Best Editing and Best Production Design, respectively. Around this hour, the most exciting moment would have to be Adele’s live rendition of “Skyfall”.
Of course, the Academy won’t go along without paying tribute to people in the filmmaking industry who have passed away. George Clooney may have led the homage but Barbara Streisand just stole the spotlight with her rendition of “The Way We Were”, in honor of the late composer Marvin Hamlisch. Good music continues with the cast of “Chicago”, gathers force with Life of Pi’s win for Best Original Score and culminates with Adele taking home the trophy for Best Original Score (Skyfall).
Argo returns for another award, this time for Best Adapted Screenplay while Quentin Tarantino picks up his own Oscar statuette for Best Original Screenplay (Django Unchained). Meanwhile, this year’s Best Director is clearly meant for Ang Lee (Life of Pi), upsetting front-runner Steven Spielberg. The next awards are a no-brainer as well as a sweep for both Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day Lewis, winning Best Actress and Actor for their films (Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln). The biggest winner tonight though is Ben Affleck as Argo takes the Best Picture award! Now nobody can deny Affleck’s capacity to create and direct a great film.
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