The Oscars saluted Hollywood’s best from the past year on Sunday night, honoring “Argo” for best picture, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence for lead actor and actress, and Ang Lee for director, to name only a few. Anne Hathaway’s dream came true, and Quentin Tarantino gave us a “Peace out.”
But what do the night’s results – and the show itself – reveal about Hollywood, if anything? Times staff writers Rebecca Keegan and John Horn will recap and interpret the show in a video chat right here at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
To quickly refresh memories before the chat: There was no sweeping winner Sunday night, as awards were spread out among many films. Heavily nominated “Life of Pi” won in four of its 11 categories, while 12-time nominee “Lincoln” took home only two statues.
Some of the wins were no surprise (Think Day-Lewis for his portrayal of President Lincoln). But others were less expected (Christoph Waltz, who won despite not even being nominated for a SAG Award for the same performance). There was even a tie, the sixth ever in Oscars history, in the sound-editing category.
A cocky veteran and a quirky newcomer provided standout moments: Tarantino seemed to enjoy his acceptance speech more than most, praising his actors, his fellow nominees and, well, himself. Lawrence, who on the red carpet had revealed a fear of public speaking and swore she was trying not to think about what would happen if she won, took a tumble on her way up to accept her award but recovered nicely. “You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell,” she said. “And that’s really embarrassing. This is nuts.”
Others weren't embarrassed by much. After “Argo” took best picture – announced by First Lady Michelle Obama, no less – Grant Heslov elbowed Ben Affleck away from the mike so he could thank his fellow producer for his directing work. That after declaring himself, Affleck and George Clooney Hollywood’s “three sexiest” producers.
And in a quirky choice, the “Jaws” theme played when winners overstayed their welcome on stage.
Producers delivered, as promised, a music-centric show. The three-and-a-half hour broadcast featured a number of performances of songs from “Chicago,” “Dreamgirls” and “Les Miserables,” and the “in memoriam” segment segued from mention of Marvin Hamlisch into Barbra Streisand’s rendition of his “Memories.” Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger” and Adele’s “Skyfall” performance served as nice bookends on a night that honored the 50th anniversary of James Bond.
Seth MacFarlane mixed it up by chatting with Capt. James T. Kirk at the beginning of the show, and joining forces with a full male chorus to salute women who’d bared their breasts in film. He was an edgy choice as host, and his raunchy sense of humor had the audience groaning at times (His creation Ted made jokes about orgies and Jews in Hollywood). That said, along with the bawdy humor was a revival of an old-Hollywood vibe that saw Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum ballroom dancing, a quick nod to “The Sound of Music” and a soft-shoe number featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe.
Keeping with the show's musical nature, MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth sang folks out the door with a musical toast to the losers.
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