The big night is here, The 85th Annual Academy Awards live on ABC. All of the red carpet madness begins at 4pm PST today, but the actual ceremony doesn’t begin until 5:30 pm. If you’re late to the party, we’ve got you covered. I’ll be live blogging throughout the whole show just so you can catch up on anything you may have missed. See all of the winners as they are announced live, right here, at Turn The Right Corner.
I have set my predictions and we’ll see just how close I get. It should be a pretty entertaining show tonight. Seth MacFarlane (Ted; Family Guy) is hosting, Adele will be performing ‘Skyfall,’ and a 50-year tribute of James Bond will be presented. Let the Oscars begin!
For anyone who bothered to watch the red carpet event with Kristin Chenoweth, more power to you. That woman drives me up a wall. If you’ve seen Glee, you know… oh boy, do you know.
To my surprise, Mr. MacFarlane did not open with a big performance. It wasn’t until Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) hijacked the ceremony and delivered “footage” from the future. From an alternative timeline, Seth MacFarlane was shown singing about boobs like he was endorsed by Mr. Skin.
To correct the future, MacFarlane bursts into a more classier song, bringing on stage Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron to dance along. But that wasn’t enough to save him from being declared the worst host ever.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Harry Potter Daniel Radcliff then tapped danced their way along with MacFarlane for a little diddy.
And to close the opening ceremony, everyone was brought back out for one last routine.MacFarlane’s opening monologue and performances were mediocre at best. It felt like he was trying to Ricky Gervais the night away. He was able to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh. Everyone wins.
Octavia Spencer is the first to present.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
- Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained (WINNER)
- Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
- Robert de Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
- Alan Arkin, Argo
- Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
This is a pretty big upset over Tommy Lee Jones and Robert de Niro who most suspected one of the two would win. I’m definitely in shock. Don’t get me wrong, Waltz’s performance s grand, but to me his portrayal of Hans Landa and Dr. King Schultz are too similar. Hoffman deserves this more than anyone. SNUB.
Paul Rudd smacks his face on the mic and exchanges poorly scripted jokes with Melissa McCarthy. Sigh.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
- Adam and Dog, Minkyu Lee
- Fresh Guacamole, PES
- Head over Heels, Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
- Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”, David Silverman
- Paperman, John Kahrs (WINNER)
The most deserving, only because it’s the only one I’ve seen. On a serious note, Paperman is charming, beautiful, and absolutely fantastic. This pick is a no-brainer.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
- Pirates: Band of Misfits
- Brave (WINNER)
I’m not exactly sure how this happened. Brave is mediocre at best. It doesn’t have any where close to the amount of fun and depth that Ralph has. When it comes down to it, Ralph is more of a classic Pixar movie than Brave is.
Reese Witherspoon presents the first three Best Feature Film nominees in a brilliant montage of Life of Pi, Les Misérables, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.
The Avengers take the stage – Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Samuel L. Jackson. The stars bicker at each other before they present the next awards
- Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina
- Robert Richardson, Django Unchained
- Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi (WINNER)
- Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln
- Roger Deakins, Skyfall
A great choice, the most beautiful in my mind. Especially with the 3D, the other movies just do not compare. Skyfall was very well shot, but it wasn’t as stunning as Life of Pi.
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
- Life of Pi – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott (WINNER)
- Marvel’s The Avengers – Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
- Prometheus – Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
- Snow White and the Huntsman – Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson
RICHARD PARKER! This comes at a bit of controversy as the visual effects team for Life of Pi filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I wonder how this will play out.
The Jaws theme seems to be the musical queue to wrap it up. I like it!
Channing Tatum is getting all the ladies tonight. He presents the next awards with Jennifer Aniston.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
- Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina (WINNER)
- Paco Delgado, Les Misérables
- Joanna Johnston, Lincoln
- Eiko Ishioka, Mirror Mirror
- Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman
Makes sense to me.
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
- Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel, Hitchcock
- Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
- Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, Les Misérables (WINNER)
This is the first time Peter Jackson’s team has failed to nab an Oscar for this category. I’m kind of surprised Les Mis won honestly. How hard is it to get Helena Bonham Carter to roll out of bed or make a bunch of people look filthy. Did you see the makeup in The Hobbit, one guy had an axe sticking out of his head. An axe!
Halle Berry begins the 50 years of Bond celebration. There is a great musical montage and Shirley Bassey caps it off with a live performance of “Goldfinger.”
Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx from Django Unchained are up next.
BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
- Asad, Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
- Buzkashi Boys, Sam French and Ariel Nasr
- Curfew, Shawn Christensen (WINNER)
- Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw), Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
- Henry, Yan England
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
- Inocente, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine (WINNER)
- Kings Point, Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
- Mondays at Racine, Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
- Open Heart, Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
- Redemption, Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
Did I miss anything?
Liam Neeson introduces Argo, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty as the next three Best Picture nominees.
Ben Affleck readies the next award.. Spielberg watches the young director closely.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
- 5 Broken Cameras
- The Gatekeepers
- How to Survive a Plague
- The Invisible War
- Searching for Sugar Man (WINNER)
I havent’ seen any of these, but from the chatter on the Twitter, the Academy has decided to spoil Sugar Man.
Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain present the next award together.
BEST FOREIGN FILM
- Amour (Austria) (WINNER)
- No (Chile)
- War Witch (Canada)
- A Royal Affair (Denmark)
- Kon Tiki (Norway)
The next presenter, John Travolta, lets it be known that tonight is a celebration of musicals. Why they didn’t introduce that at the beginning of the night only confuses me. Why they chose to recognize Chicago, Dream Girls, and Les Misérables instead of say: West Side Story or Singing in the Rain is beyond me.
Catherine Zeta-Jones performs “All That Jazz” as I shudder in fear. I’m not sure the Academy thought too carefully about this since mostly everyone hated Rock of Ages this past year.
Jennifer Hudson makes up for Catherine Zeta-Jones with flying colors.
Only Adele could follow up that incredible performance. Try as they might, the cast of Les Misérables reminds us why the movie was overrated. Of course, the night wouldn’t be complete without Russell Crowe singing. DEAD.
Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana present a sweet montage of visual effects. With tonight being a night of musicals, this seems very out of place.
Mark Wahlberg and Ted take the stage to present the next award.
BEST SOUND MIXING
- Argo, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
- Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes (WINNER)
- Life of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
- Lincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
- Skyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson
BEST SOUND EDITING
- Argo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
- Django Unchained, Wylie Stateman
- Life of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
- Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers (TIE-WINNER)
- Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson (TIE-WINNER)
There also seems to be an over abundance of “coke wizards,” as Film Drunk so kindly put it.
Christopher Plummer lugs his old bones across the stage to present the next award. I honestly do hope he plans on making 30 more movies in the near future, he’s a great actor.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
- Sally Field, Lincoln
- Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables (WINNER)
- Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
- Helen Hunt, The Sessions
- Amy Adams, The Master
A well deserved win. It’s about time little Annie Hathaway got the Oscar. She had some stiff competition, but she is the true winner – even if she was in the movie for only 20 minutes.
The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Hawk Koch, introduces the award hander-outers who are not models this year, but rather college film students. Very impressive.
Sandra Bullock is the next presenter of the evening. I really don’t want to see The Heat.
BEST FILM EDITING
- William Goldenberg, Argo (WINNER)
- Tim Squyres, Life of Pi
- Michael Kahn, Lincoln
- Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers, Silver Linings Playbook
- Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty
J-Law welcomes the Oscar nominated Adele to the stage to perform “Skyfall” to continue the Bond celebration. This ended up being a great pallet cleanser to get the taste of Russell Crowe singing out of our memories.
Nicole Kidman hits the stage to present the remaining Best Picture nominees: Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained, and Amour.
Daniel Radcliff presents the next award with Kristen Stewart who looks like she just rolled out of bed.
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
- Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood (Production Design); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Dan Hennah (Production Design); Ra Vincent and Simon Bright (Set Decoration)
- Les Misérables – Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration)
- Life of Pi – David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
- Lincoln – Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration) (WINNER)
Salma Hayek is next. She is brought on to recognize those who have been honored the honorary Oscars at the Governors Awards: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hal Needham, D.A. Pennebaker and George Stevens, Jr. (She can’t pronounce their names too well.)
George Clooney takes the platform to remember those lost over the past year. Barbra “Babs” Streisand belts out “Memory” to close the In Memoriam.
Andy Griffith was left out. Sad face.
The cast of Chicago, Queen Latifah, Richard Gere, Renée Zellweger, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, presents the next award. (I think the awards are going to run a little over its three hour run time.)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
- Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
- Alexandre Desplat, Argo
- Mychael Danna, Life of Pi (WINNER)
- John Williams, Lincoln
- Thomas Newman, Skyfall
The only score of of these five that I can remember. The beauty of it really sticks with you.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
- ‘Before My Time,’ Music and Lyrics by J. Ralph, Chasing Ice
- ‘Pi’s Lullaby,’ Music by Mychael Danna and Lyrics by Bombay Jayashri, Life of Pi
- ‘Suddenly,’ Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil, Les Misérables
- ‘Everybody Needs a Best Friend,’ Music by Walter Murphy and Lyrics by Seth MacFarlane, Ted
- ‘Skyfall,’ Music and Lyrcs by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth, Skyfall (WINNER)
Duh. It t must have been really strange for Nora Jones to sing ‘Everybody Needs a Best Friend’ right before it is not announced the winner. (Awkward turtle.)
Dustin Hoffman and Charlize Theron are the next presenters of the night. (Hoffman looks like a Hobbit next to Theron.)
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
- Argo – Written by Chris Terrio (WINNER)
- Beasts of the Southern Wild – Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
- Life of Pi – Written by David Magee
- Lincoln – Written by Tony Kushner
- Silver Linings Playbook – Written by David O. Russell
A very touching and terrific speech by Terrio. It’s beginning to look a lot like an Argo win tonight.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
- Amour – Written by Michael Haneke
- Django Unchained – Written by Quentin Tarantino (WINNER)
- Flight – Written by John Gatins
- Moonrise Kingdom – Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
- Zero Dark Thirty – Written by Mark Boal
This is the second win for Tarantino since his Best Screenplay Oscar for Pulp Fiction back in 1995. I’m kinda sad that Moonrise Kingdom didn’t win. If anything, Tarantino should have won a few years back for Basterds.
Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas hit the stage to present the next award.
- David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
- Ang Lee, Life of Pi (WINNER)
- Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
- Michael Haneke, Amour
- Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Big upset for those expecting Spielberg would take the Oscar. I do believe Ang Lee is the most deserving out of all of those, but he didn’t give credit to the VFX team. Very strange considering Richard Parker was 80% of the movie.
Jean Dujardin comes on stage to tell us he wishes to be an actress as he presents the next award. (Where has he been? It’s a good thing he beat George Clooney for best actor last year…)
- Naomi Watts, The Impossible
- Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
- Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (WINNER)
- Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
- Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
J-Law was just as surprised as many of us. It could have gone either way, but it is still a well deserved win. (She is just too totes adorbs.)
Meryl Streep walks on her dress to present the next award.
- Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (WINNER)
- Denzel Washington, Flight
- Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
- Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
- Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
No surprise here. Let’s move along now. The Walking Dead is on in a few minutes!
Jack Nicholson comes on stage only to introduce the one and only FLOSTRADAMUS (Michelle Obama), who reveals Best Picture. Strange.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
- Les Misérables
- Life of Pi
- Django Unchained
- Argo (WINNER)
Argo takes it. I would have rather seen Life of Pi with an upset, but the cards were in favor of Argo. I’m just happy Lincoln didn’t take it. Who seriously remembers that film? But then again, who will remember Argo? Do people even talk about The Artist or The King’s Speech at all?
Ben Affleck delivers a heart-melting speech full of stammers and raw emotion. It was glorious and it’s a shame he wasn’t nominated tonight for Best Director.
And with the end of the Oscars comes one final, horrendous, insensitive musical number. As if everyone didn’t want to hang around any longer, Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth sing an ode to all of the nominees who did not win.
And that’s a wrap!
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