Let me put it out there: last night’s Oscar telecast was fantastic. A little long yes, a tad dry in parts, but overall, I found it to be funny and delightful. I was genuinely surprised that Seth MacFarlane did so well. He was charming and walked the line of cracking jokes at Hollywood’s big players and being respectfully that the he, the dude who voices a vulgar teddy, alien-like baby and talking dog, was hosting the Oscars.
Though there weren’t a ton of surprises, winner wise (see the full list here), there were many moments during the telecast that stood out to me. Here are some quick reactions:
- I seriously loved Oscars tribute to music, especially the performances from Chicago, Dreamgirls and Les Miserables. What can I say? I love me some musicals.
- Singing and dancing by Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron,
Harry PotterDaniel Radcliffe and Joseph Godron Levitt was a definite hightlight, as was the riff on The Sound of Music. The opening monologue parts with William Shatner were not my faves.
Another area in which the show really shined was with the host of wonderful acceptance speeches. Jennifer Lawrence receiving best actress (at the ripe old age of 22, making her the second youngest actress to win the award and the youngest person to have been nominated for Best Actress twice!) really nailed her speech, despite taking a tumble as she walked to accept the award!
Other speeches that stood out were Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis (surprisingly funny, and also history-making, as DDL is the first actor to win three best actor statues!) and Ben Affleck (not surprisingly emotional and poignant!) taking home best picture for Argo. He’s only the fourth filmmaker to take home best picture without being nominated for best director. Go Ben!
Another one for the history books was Oscar’s first tie since 1995 and only the 6th in Oscar history, when Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty both won for best sound editing!
What were your favorites moments from last night’s telecast? Were you a fan of Seth’s schtick? Sound off in the comments and check back in for more in-depth analysis later this week!