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Academy Awards Recap

By Adrian Saucedo The 85th Academy Awards were held on February 24th, hosted by the controversial voice actor, animator, and comedian, Seth MacFarlane. As expected, there were no big surprises in terms of award winners, only slight confusion for audiences at home on whether they were watching the Oscars or the Tonys, due to numerous musical performances throughout the three and a half hour show. This year’s Oscars were the first to feature a theme, with this year’s relating to movie music. To avoid excessively long speeches, this year’s winning actors were hurried off stage to the theme song of Jaws. Seth Macfarlane, mostly known as the creator of Family Guy and the movie Ted, received mixed reviews about his performance as this year’s host. Some critics praised his work, stating he was fearless, while others

criticized MacFarlane for being sexist, racist, and inappropriate. The first movie criticized was Argo, which won awards for Best Picture, Film Editing, and Adapted Screenplay. MacFarlane poked fun at Ben Affleck for not being nominated as best director, saying the movie, based on true events about a CIA operation to rescue American hostages in Iran, was so top secret that no one knew its director. Argo is the first movie since 1989 to win Best Picture, but not nominated for Best Director. Although Affleck was upset at not being nominated for Best Director, he took home the most coveted award and the honor of receiving it from Academy Award winner, Jack Nicholson, and the First Lady, Michelle Obama, who was the surprise presenter of the evening, appearing from the White House through streaming video. The biggest Oscar winner this year was

Life of Pi, which won four awards, including Best Director and Visual Effects. Perhaps one of the major surprises, or upsets for some, was that Steven Spielberg did not win best director for Lincoln, as he was the favorite contender to win. Lincoln did however win best production design and Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor award for his great work in portraying Abraham Lincoln. This was Day-Lewis’ third Oscar, making him one of three actors to hold this honor. To no surprise, Christoph Waltz won his second Oscar for his supporting role in Django Unchained. The film also won Best Original Screenplay. Les Miserables was awarded three Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress. Anne Hathaway received the award with incredulity, stating that her dream as an actress has finally come true. Les Miserables also won awards for Best Makeup and Hair

and Sound Mixing. The Best Actress award was given to Jennifer Lawrence for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. On the way to receive the award, she tripped on the stairs and credited her fall for the standing ovation she received. Skyfall 007 was also a major winner receiving the Best Music award, written by British musician, Adele, who performed the winning song at the show. Skyfall also tied with Zero Dark Thirty for best sound editing. Searching for Sugar Man won for best feature documentary, while Inocente won best short documentary. Amour won the award for Best Foreign Film. Curfew won Best Short Film, while Paperman won Best Animated Short Film. The film Anna Karenina won for best costume design. Brave won the Best Animated Film award, beating ParaNorman, Frankenweenie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Wreck-It Ralph. v

The Eagle - Spring 2013 Issue 2  

The Eagle is the student-run newspaper of Robert Morris University (IL). This is Spring 2013 Issue 2.