2012 was a great year for movies and what’s better is the Academy Awards actually recognized that by nominating several worthy films and spreading the award love to a variety of different films (If you want the complete list of Oscar winners click the link). For the record, I was 18 for 21 on my predictions. We are now left reflecting on the show itself. Was it good, bad or down right offensive? No, Seth MacFarlane kept it fairly classy while still managing to sing a tacky song about boobs and using sock puppets to reenact FLIGHT. Overall, I think it was a decent show that could have been helped by cutting the excess fat. I’m looking at you musical montage. Here are the Top Ten Best and Worst Moments at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
10. The Red Carpet (Worst) - Technically this is before the Academy Awards but since the degree of awfulness was at such extreme heights and Kristin Chenoweth came back on stage at the end, it had to be said. I can’t stand red carpet questions in general, but Chenoweth and company brought the uncomfortableness to a whole new cringe-worthy level. “What’s in the box? What’s in the Box?!” (Side Note: I loved seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt tweet a picture of Oscar Winner Sally Field tying his bow tie for him. Adorable).
9. Jaws Theme (Best) – If a speech went too long, the orchestra tried a new tactic by playing the JAWS Theme. Is this not the most brilliant thing ever? It is sort of a built in clock for us to know when the end is near. Plus, it’s thoroughly entertaining! The winners know they are pressed for time and it’s not like they just cured cancer. Get off the stage already.
8. The Avengers (Worst) – All the presenters were pretty lame with flat deliveries and awkward humor (We need SNL alumni to present and host all awards). Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson take the top prize because of the anticipation level that comes with the biggest superhero movie of the year. Their banter was an all encompassing let down. Plus, No Chris Hemsworth?!
7. Sketch Comedy (Best) – I’m not sure why, but I was tickled to death at the missing Von Trapp family referencing THE SOUND OF MUSIC . Then the great Christopher Plummer walked out and gave a fabulous presentation to the Best Supporting Actress Nominees. My favorite was a toss up between the sock puppet reenactment of FLIGHT and MacFarlane’s superfandom toward Sally Field as the FLYING NUN.
6. Bond Tribute (Best) - Although the Bond tribute was far too short without much pizazz, the fact that they had one was fantastic. Shirley Bassey singing “Goldfinger” and Adele singing “Skyfall” were the two best musical numbers of the night. Plus, SKYFALL won two awards. One was a tie for Sound Editing with ZERO DARK THIRTY, an occurrence that hasn’t happened since 1986 for Best Documentary. The other was for Best Song, which a Bond film has never won.
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