I have a tremendous migraine at the moment, and I can’t quite say whether it’s because I stayed up past midnight as the greatest holiday in America (and, evidently, in 20 other nations) came to a close, or because my mind was being constantly blown. I didn’t expect this in my dreadful reaction to the nominees, but now I can honestly say that I may never do a post-Oscar® talk after this year’s, simply because this broadcast was an instant classic.
It’s clear that 2012 was a pretty great year in movies. The majority of categories are, of course, limited to five nominees (the notable exception being Best Picture, which held nine this past year), and not one category had a nomination for some of the most notable feature films of last year, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Hunger Games, The Dark Knight Rises, and several more. Most surprising, Moonrise Kingdom was snubbed of a well-deserved Cinematography nomination.
Yet despite all this, I don’t think there was anything I could really disagree with in any category, with the exception of Beasts of the Southern Wild for Best Picture (it was good, but I found it to be one of the most overrated of 2012) and Brave for Best Animated Feature (that won, on top of that, and considering it was up against vastly superior flicks such as Frankenweenie and Wreck-It Ralph, it still has me pissed off).
Argo won Best Picture last night. Certain films nominated for Best Picture I could explain a Best Director snubbing. Example: Zero Dark Thirty didn’t get a directing not because of the controversy (which I still do not understand at all). Argo, however, was impossible to explain. How did Ben Affleck go from being a guy with six or seven Razzie nominations, to a guy controlling an amazing movie about an even more amazing story? It just doesn’t make sense. But now the film is the fourth film to win Best Picture without a directing nod, following Wings (1927), Grand Hotel (1931), and Driving Miss Daisy (1989).
There was a rare tie last night, and considering Seth MacFarlane was hosting, and his infamous “Ted” was presenting this very award, I truly thought it was a joke. Thankfully, the two films–Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall–were outstanding enough to warrant a Best Sound Editing award.
This was a very diverse event. Life of Pi picked up the most awards–including Best Director–and this amounted to a surprisingly low number: just four. Whereas that film had eleven nominations, Lincoln had twelve–the most this year. While this is Steven Spielberg’s film, I’m not that surprised, but considering it’s a drama, I’m amazed it managed to earn nods for so many technical awards as well as standard awards.
On a side note, I did want Spielberg to win Best Director (as mentioned, it went to Ang Lee) and I did want John Williams’s musical score to win (that went to Life of Pi as well). Spielberg got me into film, mind you, so I am a bit biased, and furthermore, Lincoln was my favorite of the Best Picture nominees.
The Best Actress category was most memorable for me. I think there were only three truly inevitable wins this season: Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor) for Lincoln; Adele (Best Song) for “Skyfall”; and–even though I was kinda rooting for Jessica Chastain, who, again, had zero chance due to these people who just crave controversy–Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress) for Silver Linings Playbook. They gave her a standing ovation, which is unusual (I thought they would all get up again for Daniel Day-Lewis because he was so great). She claimed it was because she tripped on her way to the stage, but I’d like to think that was merely part of it. How unfortunate, though, Emanuelle Riva (the oldest Oscar nominee for Best Actress, and that for this year) must feel to lose an Oscar on her 86th birthday; I can’t imagine what 9-year-old (the youngest BA nominee yet) Quvenzhané Wallis thinks of her loss, either.
What were your favorite moments of the Oscars last night? Are you sleep-deprived or are you in a time zone closer to where the Oscars go live? Did you practice any rituals, or try to watch as many movies as possible the day before (you know I did!)? Were you truly shocked/astonished/disappointed by anything? I want to hear it all!!!
Also, for those who wish to see a more upfront analysis of the Oscars, hit the jump:
LIFE OF PI 
WIN/NOMINATION COUNT FOR THE BEST PICTURE NOMINEES
AMOUR [1--Best For. Lang. Film]
ARGO [3--Best Picture, Best Adap. Screenplay, Best Film Editing]
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD 
DJANGO UNCHAINED [2--Best Supp. Actor, Best Orig. Screenplay]
LES MISÉRABLES [3--Best Supp. Actress, Best Sound Mixing]
LIFE OF PI [4--Best Director, Best Orig. Score, Best Cinematography, Best Vis. Effects]
LINCOLN [2--Best Actor, Best Prod. Design]
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK [1--Best Actress]
ZERO DARK THIRTY 
ANG LEE (LIFE OF PI)
DANIEL DAY LEWIS (as Abraham Lincoln in LINCOLN)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE (as Tiffany Maxwell in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHRISTOPH WALTZ (as Dr. King Schultz in DJANGO UNCHAINED)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
ANNE HATHAWAY (as Fantine in LES MISÉRABLES)
BEST WRITING – ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
DJANGO UNCHAINED (Quentin Tarantino)
BEST WRITING – ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
ARGO (Chris Terrio; from THE MASTER OF DISGUISE by Antonio J. Mendez & THE GREAT ESCAPE by Joshuah Bearman)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
AMOUR (Austria; in French)
BEST DOCUMENTARY – FEATURE
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
BEST DOCUMENTARY – SHORT SUBJECT
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
LIFE OF PI (Mychael Danna)
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
SKYFALL (“Skyfall” by Adele)
BEST SOUND EDITING (tie)
ZERO DARK THIRTY
BEST SOUND MIXING
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
LIFE OF PI (Claudio Miranda)
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
LES MISÉRABLES (Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
ANNA KARENINA (Jacqueine Durran)
BEST FILM EDITING
ARGO (William Goldenberg)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
LIFE OF PI