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February 28, 2013

‘85th Academy Awards’ a winner before first envelope

Review of Oscars program

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It was basically a year where so many movies felt like instant winners and were hard to separate in rank as each month seemed to at least have one candidate. Yet, I tip my hat to “Argo,” which was just as worthy as my top two, “Les Miserables” and “Lincoln” and in a way perfect justice for Ben Affleck, who arguably was 2012’s best director.

I also will offer a salute to “Life of Pi” for best score, which was the only contender in my mind really was worthy of beating John Williams, who could record blowing his nose and turn it into instant musical genius. Even best director was not a slap in the face with it going to Ang Lee, though I was in many ways convinced Spielberg had brought forward some of the best material if his career.

Though it would have been nice to see best supporting actor go to Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens for the best burns in congress ever, it’s hard to argue against the chemistry Christoph Waltz brought to “Django Unchained” as Dr. King Schultz and it was only reinforced when the same film earned best writing original script.

Perhaps just as hard to choose from was the animated feature field, all of which I was able to see in one place or another. I actually had the winner, “Brave,” pegged as the weakest entry, with my favorites leaning toward “ParaNorman” or even “Wreck it Ralph,” but breaking Pixar’s pedigree seems to still be a challenge even as other studios catch up in every way.

The no brainers were of course Daniel Day-Lewis, who convinced me he was our former president and Anne Hathaway, who brought a whole new level to the character Fantine. “Skyfall” also made up some ground by earning best song and was complimented by an awesome delivery of Goldfinger live.

In the end, it’s a shame MacFarlane seems satisfied not hosting again, though I hope it changes things for the better in the long run. I like this making the whole effort an entertaining experience, heck maybe things will really get turned upside down before too much longer when the superheroes get some much deserved gold man honor.

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