Best Picture: Argo
Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
18 out of 24! Only two less than last year. Way better than I would've thought. I knew I shoulda stuck with Jennifer Lawrence...
I feel good for Ben Affleck. I mean, I remember seeing him in all those Kevin Smith films way back when and then watching his career take off, and I always had a feeling he'd do good, but I don't think anyone could have predicted this level of success. I've said it before, but it's an important point: his success as a director has been by making engaging, well-acted, well-written adult movies that appeal to critics and mass audience alike. That's exactly the kind of film we need more of. It sucks that he couldn't have gotten Best Director as well, but I suspect he'll get another chance before long.
I was kinda surprised Amour didn't do better than it did. I really thought the support was there, but I guess there wasn't enough of it. Django winning Original Screenplay over Amour (and ZDT) was something I definitely didn't see coming.
Seth MacFarlane was funny at first, but his song-and-dance shtick wore thin very quickly. In fact, I could've done without most of the musical numbers, except for Adele (OF COURSE) and Shirley Bassey, who looked great. Seeing William Shatner back in his Starfleet uniform was surprising, but less of a big deal for me than you might think. Certainly not as big a deal as seeing the First Lady announce Best Picture! I won't miss MacFarlane if they decide not to bring him back. Seeing Sandra Bullock reminded me once again what a good host she'd make...
How many picks did you get right?
Oscar 2011 winners
Oscar 2010 winners