How did we do? Academy Awards recap

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By Sam Bertschmann

The Arts Staff’s 2013 Academy Award predictions in last week’s issue fared reasonably well at the 85th annual ceremony this past Sunday, which aired on ABC and was hosted by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

Kristofer Hammer ’15 correctly picked Argo for Best Picture. Despite the film’s critical acclaim and major wins at the Golden Globes – Best Director (Motion Picture) for Ben Affleck and Best Motion Picture (Drama) – the fact that Affleck had not been nominated for his work behind the camera by the Academy posed a potential threat to Argo’s success at the Oscars, as the Best Picture and Best Director prizes almost always go hand-in-hand.

First Lady Michelle Obama announced the winner of this final, most prestigious award from the White House, marking Affleck’s first win at the Oscars since his 1997 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, which he shared with Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting.

Both Hammer and Lane Roberts ’14 predicted that Jennifer Lawrence would win Best Actress for her role as Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook; Lawrence promptly tripped on her way up to accepting this award before delivering another of what Roberts labeled her “hysterical and modest acceptance speeches.” Now 23, Lawrence was nominated for the same award in 2010 as Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone.

Elana Katz ’14 chose Daniel Day-Lewis last week for Best Actor as the titular character in Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed biopic, Lincoln. Day-Lewis is now the only actor to have won this prize three times; he was awarded this honor in 1989 as Christy Brown in My Left Foot and again in 2007 as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood.

Katz also predicted that David O. Russell would win Best Director for Silver Linings Playbook, but the award ultimately went to Ang Lee for Life of Pi. Lee first won this accolade in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain.

Hammer felt that Wreck-it Ralph would be chosen as Best Animated Feature Film, but Disney/Pixar’s Brave took home the Oscar instead. Brave now joins other Pixar feature films Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, and Toy Story 3 as a winner in this category.

 

The Arts Staff’s 2013 Academy Award predictions in last week’s issue fared reasonably well at the 85th annual ceremony this past Sunday, which aired on ABC and was hosted by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

Kristofer Hammer ‘15 correctly picked Argo for Best Picture. Despite the film’s critical acclaim and major wins at the Golden Globes—Best Director (Motion Picture) for Ben Affleck and Best Motion Picture (Drama)—the fact that Affleck had not been nominated for his work behind the camera by the Academy posed a potential threat to Argo’s success at the Oscars, since the Best Picture and Best Director prizes almost always go hand-in-hand.

First Lady Michelle Obama announced the winner of this final, most prestigious award from the White House, marking Affleck’s first win at the Oscars since his 1997 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, which he shared with Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting.

Both Hammer and Lane Roberts ‘14 predicted that Jennifer Lawrence would win Best Actress for her role as Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence promptly tripped on her way up to accepting this award before delivering another of what Roberts labeled her “hysterical and modest acceptance speeches.”

Now 23, Lawrence was nominated for the same award in 2010 as Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bone.

Elana Katz ‘14 chose Daniel Day-Lewis last week for Best Actor as the titular character in Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed biopic, Lincoln.

Day-Lewis is now the only actor to have won this prize three times; he was awarded this honor in 1989 as Christy Brown in My Left Foot and again in 2007 as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood.

Katz also predicted that David O. Russell would win Best Director for Silver Linings Playbook, but the award ultimately went to Ang Lee for Life of Pi. Lee first won this accolade in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain.

Hammer felt that Wreck-it Ralph would be chosen as Best Animated Feature Film, but Disney/Pixar’s Brave took home the Oscar instead.

Brave now joins other Pixar feature films Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, and Toy Story 3 as a winner in this category.

 

 

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