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February 28, 2013

‘85th Academy Awards’ a winner before first envelope

Review of Oscars program — Without hesitation, I can say I have never really placed much excitement in watching any presentation of the Academy Awards.

Much of my feelings toward those who are chosen to vote in movies deserving Oscars has been levied with quite a bit of cynicism due to a system that more often than not bestows through a relic-laden criteria instead of truly honoring groundbreaking projects with substance. Now, I have enjoyed the occasional intro by previous hosts such as Steve Martin or Billy Crystal and found occasions where winners seemed well thought out, but for the most part found it just as prudent to ignore the three hour snooze fest, rarely watching more than a channel flick back and forth, and just look up the awards later.

However, for the first time since I openly admitted my addiction to film magic, I found a perfect storm of anticipation and enjoyment with what in many ways should set the standard for the future of broadcasts. It was without a doubt one of the most hilarious and amusingly clever deliveries by Seth MacFarlane, helped by a class of nominations that must have been one of the difficult to choose between and something I could not help but stay tuned to despite how late it was when it was over.

Despite all the low brow jokes and the zingers that could have been written during a third grader’s bathroom break, it gave me a reason to get hooked right away. The important thing is that it felt fresh, alive and not like something written to help put a retirement community to sleep.

While I was not able to watch each and every one of the nine movies chosen for the ultimate prize, out of the six I was able to catch in theaters, only “Zero Dark Thirty” seemed one I might have skipped over, if only because the supporting cast seemed disposable next to Jessica Chastain. In fact, she so well carried the flick, it kind of threw me for a loop when she lost to Jennifer Lawrence, since she was in a comedy (Silver Linings Playbook, which I have yet to see), a genre historically snubbed by the snobs.

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