Joy's Review of the 85th Academy Awards
It's getting late and I haven't written my thoughts on last night's Oscar telecast! I'd better get going while it's still fresh in my mind. First of all, this year I am on Twitter and I tweeted my comments as the stars made their way down the red carpet. That was fun! Here is my list of the best dressed actresses and actors -
1) Charlize Theron
2) Jennifer Lawrence
3) Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum
4) Anne Hathaway
5) Barbra Streisand (who sang "The Way We Were" so beautifully in tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch)
6) Naomi Watts
7) Quvenzhane Wallis (so adorable in blue - the youngest person ever nominated for Best Actress)
8) Daniel Day-Lewis
9) Salma Hayek
10) Ben Affleck
11) Halle Berry
12) Joseph Gordon-Levitt
13) Jennifer Hudson (whose rendition of "And I am telling you, I'm not going" from "Dreamgirls" gave me goosebumps and wowed the audience)
14) Jennifer Garner
15) Seth MacFarlane
There has been a lot of talk on Twitter about Seth MacFarlane's turn as the host. I have to say that I was very impressed by him. I've only seen him once on TV when Piers Morgan interviewed him and I didn't know he could sing so well. I suppose a few of his jokes were tasteless, but on the whole I thought he did a great job and wouldn't mind seeing him host again. It's a tough job and no one does it perfectly.
Check out this article from www.parade.com for more on Seth -
I haven't seen all of the big movies that were nominated and won this year, but eventually I will get to them all. I filled out my own Oscar ballot with my choices for the winners and I got 16 out of 24 correct. That's pretty good, if I do say so myself! I usually get Best Supporting Actor wrong and this year was no exception. I was sure that Tommy Lee Jones would win but I'm sure Christoph Waltz was great in "Django Unchained" (which I haven't seen yet). I think Quentin Tarantino is brilliant and I was sure he would receive the Oscar for Original Screenplay.
I was confident that Daniel Day-Lewis would win and he gave his usual witty, gracious accectance speech. He is the only actor to win three best Actor Oscars (for "My Left Foot", "There Will Be Blood" and now "Lincoln"). It was also easy to pick Anne Hathaway for Supporting Actress and I was happy that Jennifer Lawrence (my pick) won for Best Actress since she had some tough competition. I can't wait to see "Silver Linings Playbook" and I'm going to read the book as well.
I was very happy that "Argo" won for Best Picture and if Ben Affleck couldn't win Best Director, I'm glad Ang Lee did. I'm looking forward to seeing "Life of Pi." It was great that the first lady Michelle Obama, (looking beautiful as usual) could present the award for Best Picture. It's true that the show was pretty long but I didn't think it was boring at all. I watched the Independent Spirit Awards the night before on IFC and enjoyed that as well. That's about all I can think of for now. Sadly, another award season has come and gone. I look forward to the Oscars so much every year and never miss it. I'll see you at the movies!
I forgot to mention the wonderful tribute to the James Bond franchise. My husband and I loved seeing Shirley Bassey sing the title song from "Goldfinger." We thought that song should have won the Oscar that year but it did not.
Also, it was sad to be reminded that the great Nora Ephron passed away last year (in the In Memoriam portion of the show). But they forgot to include Andy Griffith, who also appeared in movies as well as "The Andy Griffith Show" which is still shown on TV Land. They usually always forget someone.