Monday, March 4, 2013 —
The 85th Academy Awards were held and movie fans around the globe had a great time rooting for their favorites. Here are a few thoughts about the evening.
First, for my predictions, I was correct 79 percent of the time. Out of the 24 categories, I got 19 correct. The biggest surprise was Best Director; I had predicted Spielberg for Lincoln and Ang Lee took the prize for Life of Pi. Spielberg already has two Best Director Oscars and Lee only one. Now they both have two, so that may have been what some people thinking when casting their vote.
I also missed Supporting Actor. This was a very difficult category considering that all of the nominees did great work and had won before. I predicted Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln but ultimately Christoph Waltz won for Django Unchained. I was disappointed that I was wrong but not surprised by the decision. Waltz’s role in Django was the most prominent among the five nominees; he could have even been nominated for Best Actor.
I also predicted that the Production Design on Anna Karenina would be recognized, but instead Lincoln took that prize. (I still think Karenina should have won.) Best Short Documentary went to Innoccente rather than Open Heart. I had seen neither of these films so I was just guessing in that category.
Finally, I missed Sound Editing. I had predicted Argo, mainly because I wanted that film to win more than three Oscars. (I predicted all of Argo’s wins). In the Sound Editing category, Oscar had a tie. This has only happened five previous times in Oscar history, so if for nothing else, the 85th Oscars will be remembered for the “tie.” (Other years with ties are 1932, 1949, 1986, 1994, and the most famous one when Katharine Hepburn and Barbara Streisand both won Best Actress in 1968.)