Actresses were dripping in diamonds, actors were spiffy in tuxes and Seth MacFarlane did not disappoint. The Family Guy creator was on cue all night. His singing was bearable and his jokes hilarious. The night’s theme was music in motion pictures with a special performance by powerhouse vocalist Adele who won a statue for her original song, “Skyfall.”
The opening number gave way to a talented cast of characters. Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron swayed to “The Way You Look Tonight” while Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon Levitt shimmied to a 1950’s number. MacFarlane invited us to be his guest singing the original Alan Menken number from Beauty and the Beast.
The night started out with a win for Christoph Waltz for performance by an actor in a supporting role for Django Unchained. Paperman took best-animated short film. Brave nabbed the best-animated feature film. Achievement in cinematography went to Life of Pi and Jacqueline Durran took home an achievement in costume design for her exquisite pieces in Anna Karenina. Mychael Danna won for best original score in Life of Pi.
Barbra Streisand gave a tear jerking performance in honor of the late Marvin Hamlisch who passed away in August. Achievement in makeup and hairstyling went to Les Misérables, as well as achievement in sound mixing.
Best live action short film went to Curfew. Best documentary short subject went to Inocente. Best documentary feature went to Searching for a Sugar Man. Amour swiped best foreign language film. The cast of Les Misérables sang a powerful rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” in honor of their film.
A surprise tie gave Zero Darky Thirty and Skyfall achievements in sound editing. Achievement in film editing went to Argo while an achievement in production direction went to Lincoln. Quentin Tarantino won for his original screenplay of Django Unchained and Chris Terrio won for adapted screenplay, Argo.
The nights top honors closed out the show. The beautiful and talented Anne Hathaway won the best performance by an actress in a supporting role for Les Misérables. Achievement in directing went to Ang Lee for Life of Pi. Daniel Day-Lewis’ remarkable performance in Lincoln won him best performance by an actor in a leading role. And the quirky and loveable Jennifer Lawrence tripped up the stairs on her way to claim her prize for performance by an actress in a leading role for Silver Linings Playbook.
The final award of the night surprised us all with both Jack Nicholson and Michelle Obama presenting best picture to Argo. Producers Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov were on hand to receive this honorable award. Kristin Chenoweth helped Seth MacFarlane close out the show with a pep talk, or song rather, to all the losing nominees of the evening.
The 85th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.