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March 4, 2013

Oscar 2013 Held Few Surprises


Monday, March 4, 2013 —

That sums up my mistakes. Here are a few other thoughts. I enjoyed Seth McFarlane as host and hope they ask him again. I liked the theme of celebrating the music of movies, but I did wonder, what other kind of themes the Academy might use in future years. The celebration of music just fits with the Oscar broadcast.

I did note in past years when it was a five year anniversary of the awards, they usually recognizes all the past winning actors who are still living, and there was always a montage of all the Best Picture winners. I missed these things on this, the 85th Awards.

A couple of interesting bits of trivia. No film with 12 nominations has ever won only 2 Oscars; Lincoln set a new record with only Best Actor and Best Production Design. Jennifer Lawrence is the second youngest winner of Best Actress at age 22; Marlee Matlin was 21 when she won for Children of a Lesser God. Seventeen of the twenty-four awards were won by Best Picture Nominees. When you consider that five of the awards are special categories (Documentary, Animated, or Short Subject) that leaves only two categories not won by Best Picture nominees: Best Song (Skyfall) and Best Costumes (Anna Karenina). Beasts of the Southern Wild was the only Best Picture Nominee which did not win a single Oscar. Skyfall is the only non-Best Picture Nominee to win two Oscars (Skyfall tied with Best Picture nominee Zero Dark Thirty for the Sound Editing Award.) And for the first time ever, the film with the fifth highest nomination count ended up winning Best Picture. In spite of the odds, Argo pulled it off.

In the end, I had a great evening. Good friends, good food and a great Oscar Ceremony. My favorite film of the year, Argo, won Best Picture. Three out of the four actors that I chose won their categories. I was especially pleased with Jennifer Lawrence’s win. And glad that Wreck-It Ralph did not beat Brave. I guess the only downside to the whole evening is that now we have to wait another year before the 86th Academy Awards Ceremony.

Roger Thomas reviews films for The Stanly News & Press and online at

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