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The Play It Safe Oscars

Seth McFarlane was hosting the Oscars for the first time, so I'm willing to give him some of the benefit of the doubt.

Some of his jokes worked.  Some fell flat on their face.  I just wish that he would have been give the green light to perform his style of comedy, because I guarantee he had funnier material than that, which the showrunners edited out.

From Catherine Zeta Jones lip synching to a cluster vocal performance from the Les Miserables cast, I'm not sure the goal of reaching a younger audience was achieved.  In fact, quite the opposite.  One of my favorite moments was Shirley Bassey belting out "Goldfinger" in the James Bond tribute segment.  Anyone under 20 actually know what was going on there?

In any case, the Oscars are over and I'm satisfied with the results.

Here were my picks.  I went 5 for 7 missing in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Director. 



Best Motion Picture of the Year
Nominees:
 
Amour (2012): Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz
 
Argo (2012): Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
 
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012): Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald
 
Django Unchained (2012): Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone
 
Les Misérables (2012): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
 
Life of Pi (2012): Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
 
Lincoln (2012): Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
 
Silver Linings Playbook (2012): Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon
 
Zero Dark Thirty (2012): Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison
 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominees:
 
Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012)
 
Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables (2012)
 
Joaquin Phoenix for The Master (2012)
 
Denzel Washington for Flight (2012/I)
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominees:
 
Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
 
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Emmanuelle Riva for Amour (2012)
 
Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
 
Naomi Watts for The Impossible (2012)
 
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominees:
 
Alan Arkin for Argo (2012)
 
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master (2012)
 
Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln (2012)
 
Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained (2012)
 
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominees:
 
Amy Adams for The Master (2012)
 
Sally Field for Lincoln (2012)
 
Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012)
 
Helen Hunt for The Sessions (2012)
 
Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Best Achievement in Directing
Nominees:

 
Michael Haneke for Amour (2012)
 
Ang Lee for Life of Pi (2012)
 
David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
 
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln (2012)
 
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
 
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Nominees:
 
Brave (2012): Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
 
Frankenweenie (2012): Tim Burton
 
ParaNorman (2012): Sam Fell, Chris Butler
 
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012): Peter Lord
 
Wreck-It Ralph (2012): Rich Moore


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02/25/2013 7:53AM
The Play It Safe Oscars
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