Sunday, March 3, 2013

My Academy Awards 2013 Part II

Last week I posted about my reasons for never having watched the Oscars before, as well as my reasons for watching them this year. Thanks to my friends, I was able to watch the whole ceremony without missing out on sleep or work. It was a great evening, and the Oscars definitely worth watching. Thank you, Lindsey and Chris, for making it possible.

Most of my predictions were spectacular fails, but being wrong was seldom so much fun. And I did get three of them right. Here's the tally:

Best Motion Picture: Lincoln --> fail. Argo
Best Leading Actor: Denzel Washington --> fail. Daniel Day Lewis
Best Leading Actress: Quvenzhané Wallis --> fail. Jennifer Lawrence
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman --> fail. Christopher Waltz
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway --> WIN
Best Direcotr: Ang Lee --> WIN
Best Screenplay (directly for screen): Zero Dark Thirty --> fail. Django Unchained
Best Screenplay (based on previously published material): Silver Linings --> fail. Argo
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour --> WIN

I love, love, love that Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for Best Leading Actress in Silver Linings Playbook. She was my secret favorite, because I think she's an awesome actress and person. But I really thought nine-year old Quvenzhané Wallis would steal it this year - also deserved, her acting blew me away, just from what I saw in the previews. I want to watch Beasts of the Southern Wilds just for her performance in it.

Anyway, I don't think many people expected J. Law. to win, least of all herself. She was so wonderfully flustered, and then tripped on the steps up to the stage... which made her all the more likeable. This adorable interview makes her even more so, IMO.

Also, I now want to see Les Misérables more than ever. When it came out, I wasn't sure if I did, because it seems soooo dark and depressing. The previews made me doubt a happy ending, which is more or less mandatory in a movie for me, or any story for that matter. But now, after the actors' performance at the ceremony, which raised goosebumps all over my body, I don't even care whether it has a happy ending or not - I just have to see it.

Next year, I want to watch not only the Academy Awards, but also the Golden Globe Awards, the BAFTA Awards, and the Berlinale. Yup, over the past year or two, I've slowly turned into a movie- and TV-buff. It's luuuuuurve. And maybe, someday, I'll get to be a part of that world.

Until then: back to word.

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