The 85th Academy Awards 2013

I did it! I finished my first complete Oscar year. Write it in the history books. This is where the journey officially begins.

Truth be told, it’s not that impressive. This was the first year I tried to watch as many of the nominated films prior to the ceremony. These are the left over films that I didn’t get the chance to see back then:

Mirror Mirror, Chasing Ice, Inocente, Redemption, King’s Point, Mondays at Racine, Open Heart, Curfew, Henry, Asad, Buzkashi Boys.

Thinking back on the 2013 ceremony, I remember it as being the last ceremony that was memorable. Host Seth McFarlane’s inappropriate song about actresses boobs, weird acceptance speeches, falling actresses and disrespectful handling of the visual effects winners stands out. And for me it is memorable because I really disagreed with almost every prize given out. It has been over five years since I saw most of the nominated films, but I will try to remember who I thought should have won.

Best Picture: Argo.
I remember liking Argo, but I fail to remember much of the movie itself. For me, most of the nominees where just okay movies this year, except the intense Zero Dark Thirty and the devastating Amour. The latter should have won.

Best Director: Ang Lee for Life of Pi.
My vote goes to Michael Haneke for Amour who managed to make direct a heartbreaking and somber, yet strangely lovely film.

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln.
I don’t mind this decision, but Joaquin Phoenix was fantastic in The Master.

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence.
Jennifer Lawrence over Emmanuelle Riva for Amour baffles me. Not even in the same league. And if not Riva, then Jessica Chastain should have won for Zero Dark Thirty. Or any of the other nominees for that matter.

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained.
Is it just me or does Waltz act in this with a lot of the same beats as his (oscar-winning) role in Inglourious Basterds? He is good, no doubt, but not that impressive because of this prior role. Tommy Lee Jones gets my vote.

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables.
I agree… I think.

Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained for Quentin Tarantino.
Django Unchained really annoys me. Waltz’s character does something so out of character just to kickstart the obligatory Tarantino shootout at the end. Michael Hanake for Amour or Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty should have won.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio for Argo.
Okay, I guess.

Best Animated Feature Film: Brave.
Hell no. Brave is such a weak Pixar movie. Any of the other nominees would be a better pick. ParaNorman is the strongest of the bunch.

Best Foreign Language Film: Amour.
Yup, yup, yup, of course. A lot of other good films in that category, except Kon-Tiki, one of the worst films ever.

Best Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man.
The premise of the movie is not even real. Even if it was, it’s not even close to the fantastic How to Survive a Plague.

Best Documentary Short: Inocente.
Pryor to the ceremony this was the only short I had heard of. That often means it will get the win, and it did. But the other nominees are way better. My pick is the tearjerking Mondays at Racine.

Best Live Action Short: Curfew.
Curfew is competent in every aspect. Asad, however, took me by surprise in how unpredictable and fun it is, despite it’s dark subject matter.

Best Animated Short Film: Paperman
Fresh Guacamole is my pick. So fun, creative and well made. This is also the shortest film ever nominated for an oscar with a running time of one minute and forty seconds.

Best Original Score: Mychael Danna for Life of Pi.
I really can’t remember any of the scores.

Best Original Song: “Skyfall” from Skyfall.
Weird bunch of nominees. My favorite amongst these are “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi.

Best Sound Editing: Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty.

Best Sound Mixing: Les Misérables.

Best Production Design: Lincoln

Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi.
This should have been the first oscar win for Roger Deakins for his gorgeous work on Skyfall.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Les Misérables
Maybe. I remember it being just a tad overdone. But then again, I wouldn’t want The Hobbit to win anything.

Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina.
Eiko Ishioka for her absolutely crazy creative costumes in Mirror Mirror.

Best Film Editing: Fargo.
Can’t really remember.

Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi.
Yes, absolutely.

That’s it for the summary. I will probably do summaries like this for the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 ceremonies as I plow through the remaining films the coming weeks.

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