Wow. Time to eat my words. I was right about a few things, and I won a pizza from Jared with Sally Field losing, but overall, I feel like I didn’t do too well. Here’s a recap:
My Pick: Lincoln
I thought for sure this was the night of Lincoln. But, it went 2/12. Yikes. Good for Affleck and Argo though. Of the nine nominated, Django Unchained was my favorite but I knew it didn’t have a chance. Argo was up there with Silver Linings Playbook for me, so I’m glad it took the big one.
My Pick: Steven Spielberg
Winner: Ang Lee
This one surprised me. This movie was a lot of narration and CGI. The character Pi just runs back and forth across the raft and yells at the CGI tiger. Throw in a few bible passages and that’s the movie. Ok, Academy.
My Pick: Daniel Day-Lewis
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis
Here we go. I’m glad he won this. I enjoyed him joking with Meryl Streep, too. His portrayal of Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood is my favorite performance by any actor in history, but he did a really good job as Lincoln also.
My Pick: Jennifer Lawrence
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence
She deserved it, even if she can’t climb some stairs. She seemed genuinely surprised, unlike Anne Hathaway.
Best Supporting Actor
My Pick: Christoph Waltz
Winner: Christoph Waltz
I was pretty confident with my prediction on this one, so I’m glad it worked out. He seems like a genuinely nice person, so it was great to see him up there. He also helped Quentin Tarantino with the development of the story as well, so you could really tell his heart was in this one.
Best Supporting Actress
My Pick: Anne Hathaway
Winner: Anne Hathaway
I didn’t want her to win, because she’s only in the movie for about 15 minutes, but it was the smart pick. Jared has some kind of Sally Field fixation, so I bet him a pizza that Anne Hathaway would win, and now I get to enjoy that at some point. Thanks, Jared!
My Pick: Janusz Kaminsky
Winner: Claudio Miranda
There’s that pesky Life of Pi popping up again. Geriatric fish food. I’ll say this again, this movie is a mess of CGI and bible verses. It’s like Deepak Chopra saw Cast Away too many times and brought a computer generated tiger instead of a volleyball. WILSON!!
Best Original Screenplay
My Pick: Mark Boal
Winner: Quentin Tarantino
Biggest surprise of the night for me. Also put the biggest smile on my face. I thought for sure it would be too much for the Academy voters, but I was dead wrong. This is epic storytelling on a grand scale and Tarantino deserves every ounce of that statue.
Best Adapted Screenplay
My Pick: Tony Kushner
Winner: Chris Terrio
I’m glad this one went to Terrio. I’ve heard there’s a number of historical inaccuracies, but who cares. The movie was intense and was genuinely gripping. I just got done reading the book (Live By Night) that Affleck signed on to adapt next, so it was exciting to see him do so well.
So there you have it. 4/9. I got all the acting categories, but everything else really surprised me. I’m glad Argo got two of the big ones, and Django Unchained ended up doing much better than I thought it would. I thought there were some really good films in this year’s Best Picture nominees and it was fun to watch all of them. If you haven’t done it before, you should. It was tough to cram them all in, but it’s definitely rewarding when the Awards come on.