February 25, 2013

Namaste, Les Mis, Adele, Clooney, Quvenzhane’s biceps, Tripping & Recovering, Lewis, Tarantino, Streisand v Streep…12 Oscar Moments.

I can’t believe Twilight was passed over again, Cocaine Trees & “I want to thank Canada!”

Namaste, Hugh Jackman to the rescue, Vfx layoffs, Ted pronounces “Les Mis” better than Travolta, and 12 other highlights of the Oscars.

Ang Lee says Namaste! It’s Waylon Lewis‘ Top 10 Oscar Moments, plus Two.

1. > Les Miserables (or as Travolta says it, “Le Mizerabelas”)—the play (I first saw 22 years ago in Montreal) was performed inspiringly by the cast. Video.

2. > Tarantino congratulating himself (twice), with gusto and without shyness, then peacing out.

3. > Streisand—liberal icon who came to fame for her un-conventionality has, sadly, sewed her face up into near-non-expression in a quest for conventionality…while Streep lets aging happens, and has become the face of timeless Hollywood beauty. That said, loved hearing Streisand bring back “The Way we Were,” one of my grandma’s favorite films. Plaza!

4. > Bearded Clooney, very publicly, wins an Oscar for a movie no one knew he was involved with. Clooney! Or, as Reddit puts it: “I’m George. I’ve won a bunch of these. I’m going to stand to the side and be incredibly suave.”

5. > Daniel Day-Lewis, with one of the most surprisingly funny Oscar speeches, ending on a touching note (honoring Lincoln himself, and mom).

6. > 22-year-young Lawrence—in that amazing dress, falling (with good guy Hugh rushing to help her up)…and recovering with a composed, charming speech. Fittingly, Affleck’s rushed, overwhelmed speech would pay tribute to falling and getting back up.

7. > Adele’s performance. Shirley Bassey’s towering comeback.

8. > Ang Lee ending his thank yous with “Namaste!”

9. >  Best cutaway ever? Quvenzhane takes the cake.

10. > Chasing Ice gets some quality, well-deserved screentime.

Bonus, a sad one: The visual effects guy got cut off because he was trying to say their outfit, Rhythm and Hues, filed for bankruptcy and laid off 200 employees just weeks after a major studio had to fire some 500 vfx employees…due to outsourcing to countries with looser tax codes.

Bonus, a nostalgic one: the Sound of Music cutaway gag.


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“Argo,” Screenplay by Chris Terrio

“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin

“Life of Pi,” Screenplay by David Magee

“Lincoln,” Screenplay by Tony Kushner

“Silver Linings Playbook,” Screenplay by David O. Russell

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“Amour,” Written by Michael Haneke

“Django Unchained,” Written by Quentin Tarantino

“Flight,” Written by John Gatins

“Moonrise Kingdom,” Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

“Zero Dark Thirty,” Written by Mark Boal

Animated Feature Film




“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”

“Wreck-It Ralph”


“Anna Karenina,” Seamus McGarvey

“Django Unchained,” Robert Richardson

“Life of Pi,” Claudio Miranda

“Lincoln,” Janusz Kaminski

“Skyfall,” Roger Deakins

Costume Design

“Anna Karenina,” Jacqueline Durran

“Les Miserables,” Paco Delgado

“Lincoln,” Joanna Johnston

“Mirror Mirror,” Eiko Ishioka

“Snow White and the Huntsman,” Colleen Atwood

Documentary Feature

“5 Broken Cameras”

“The Gatekeepers”

“How to Survive a Plague”

“The Invisible War”

“Searching for the Sugar Man”

Documentary Short Subject


“Kings Point”

“Mondays at Racine”

“Open Heart”


Film Editing

“Argo,” William Goldenberg

“Life of Pi,” Tim Squyres

“Lincoln,” Michael Kahn

“Silver Linings Playbook,” Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers

“Zero Dark Thirty,” Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Foreign Language Film

“Amour,” Austria

“Kon-Tiki,” Norway

“No,” Chile

“A Royal Affair,” Denmark

“War Witch,” Canada

Makeup and Hairstyling

“Hitchcock,” Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane

“Les Miserables,” Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Music (Original Score)

– “Anna Karenina,” Dario Marianelli

“Argo,” Alexandre Desplat

“Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna

“Lincoln,” John Williams

“Skyfall,” Thomas Newman

Music (Original Song)

“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice,” Music and Lyric by J. Ralph

“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted,” Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane

“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi,” Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri

“Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

“Suddenly” from “Les Miserables,” Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Production Design

“Anna Karenina,” Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright

“Les Miserables,” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson

“Life of Pi,” Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock

“Lincoln,” Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Short Film (Animated)

“Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee

“Fresh Guacamole,” PES

“Head over Heels,” Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly

“Maggie Simpson in `The Longest Daycare’,” David Silverman

“Paperman,” John Kahrs

Short Film (Live Action)

“Asad,” Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura

“Buzkashi Boys,” Sam French and Ariel Nasr

“Curfew,” Shawn Christensen

“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw),” Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele

“Henry,” Yan England

Sound Editing

“Argo,” Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn

“Django Unchained,” Wylie Stateman

“Life of Pi,” Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton

“Skyfall,” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers

“Zero Dark Thirty,” Paul N.J. Ottosson

Sound Mixing

“Argo,” John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia

“Les Miserables,” Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

“Life of Pi,” Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin

“Lincoln,” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins

“Skyfall,” Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White

“Life of Pi,” Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott

“Marvel’s The Avengers,” Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick

“Prometheus,” Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill

“Snow White and the Huntsman,” Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson


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