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A night at the Oscars

Seth MacFarlaneOfficially re-branded as The Oscars, the 85th Annual Academy Awards was full of surprises as it exploded from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24.

While Billy Crystal has wowed everyone for many years, the host for this year’s show was a different choice: none other than the multi talented, yet controversial creator of the popular animated series Family Guy, Mr. Seth McFarlane. In true McFarlane fashion, he made minor jabs at certain celebrities, such as Mel Gibson, George Clooney, Chris Brown, and Rihanna.

There was also tons of singing and dancing during the three-and-a-half-hour broadcast. A classy performance of The Way We Were, from veteran singer-actress Barbara Streisand, shown during the memorial montage, was heartfelt, while a show-stopping serenade from songstress Adele, took many breaths away. Mr. McFarlane’s original comedic performance of “We Saw your Boobs” sounded like something that Family Guy’s Peter Griffin character would do.

Many believed that McFarlane was a hit and miss with his skits, although there were some funny moments, such as the skit that he did with veteran actress Sally Field. What could one expect? You cannot take someone known for being risqué and force him or her to be PG for one night. If too much of the Family Guy humor was included in any of his skits, Mr. McFarlane would have never heard the end of it. As a result, as difficult as it may have been, he had to behave. Cut him some slack.

In addition to Mr. McFarlane’s moments of hilarity, there were also many winning moments.

Daniel Day-Lewis has made Oscar history by winning the Best Actor prize for a third time. His victory came for playing America’s 16th President in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role as a young widow in Silver Linings Playbook. The 22-year-old Lawrence, got to show her lighter side in the romance Silver Linings Playbook following serious roles in Winter’s Bone and The Hunger Games. Adding to her free spiritedness, she laughed at herself as she tripped on the stairs en route to the stage in her pale pink Dior Haute Couture gown. What a good sport she is.

Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage thrille, Argo, won the prize for Best Film.

Anne Hathaway won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as tragic factory worker Fantine in movie musical Les Miserables.

Christoph Waltz won his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in a Quentin Tarantino film, this time as a German bounty hunter in the slave revenge story. Django Unchained.

Grammy Winner Adele held back tears, to thank the Bond producers and her co-writer Paul Epworth who collected the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Skyfall” alongside her.

An extended bit in which William Shatner came back from the future as his “Star Trek” character, Capt. James T. Kirk, had its moments, while a joke about the drama “Flight” being restaged with sock puppets was a true LOL moment.

Of all the excitement featured, one of the biggest moments came at the end, with a surprise appearance from First Lady Michelle Obama. Decked in her silver Naeem Khan gown, she announced the winner of the Best Picture prize. Ben Affleck described how surreal it was when he heard the First Lady casually say the word – “Argo.”

For those of you who missed, here is a full list of winners:

Best Motion Picture: Argo
Achievement in Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver linings Playbook
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Adapted Screenplay: Argo, Chris Terrio
Original Screenplay: Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Original Score: Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Original Song: "Skyfall," Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth; Skyfall
Best Animated Feature Film: Brave
Best Animated Short Film: Paperman
Achievement in Cinematography: Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
Achievement in Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Achievement in Costume Design: Anna Karenina, Jacqueline D


With all of the surprises that this year’s show had to offer, one could not help but wonder what the next one has in store.


Ashly is a freelance writer and poet from Baltimore, MD.

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