It’s the 85th Academy Awards. Who will win the coveted golden statues? Will “Argo” win Best Picture? Or will “Lincoln” take the prize? Could it be the star-studded “Silver Linings Playbook”? Or the dramatic thriller “Zero Dark Thirty”? We will be keeping track of the winners, acceptance speeches, show highlights, and how host Seth MacFarlane pulls it all together in our live Oscar blog starting at 8:30 p.m.
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12:02 The End
As the credits roll, Seth and Kristin Chenoweth end with a musical tribute to the “losers,” including MacFarlane. Mercifully, they do not pan to these “losers” in the crowd.
There were several surprises tonight so congrats to all the office pool winners.
11:53 Best Picture
Michelle Obama beams in from the White House Oscar party to introduce the nominees and the winner. “Argo.” The award goes to producers Grant Heslov, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck. On behalf of Clooney and himself, Heslov thanks Affleck as a director. A very rapidly speaking Affleck acknowledges Steven Spielberg specifically and all of the other nominees, awkwardly and sweetly thanks his wife Jennifer Garner, and thanks many people in the room for continuing to believe in him. “It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life, because that’s going to happen, all that matters is that you gotta get up.”
11:46 Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.” He also gets a nice ovation. He’s the first actor to win three Best Actor Oscars according to the announcer. He says he’s not sure how all of this good fortune has come to him. Then he gets a great line off about his presenter Meryl Streep. He says originally Steven Spielberg wanted her for the role. And for it to be a musical. He is funny, earnest, and magnanimous. Easily, the best speech of the night.
11:40 Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.” She stumbles slightly and starts her speech endearingly, “You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell.”
11:34 Best Director
“Life of Pi,” Ang Lee. Wow. Nice ovation. He thanks all 3,000 people who worked on the film.
11:32 So we’re two minutes past the scheduled end time. How much longer you think?
11:27 Best Original Screenplay
“Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino. He giggles his way onstage and says if people remember his films in the future it will be because of the characters he’s created and that comes down to casting and he thanks his cast.
11:24 Best Adapted Screenplay
“Argo,” Chris Terrio. (Interesting. Many, many people predicted Tony Kushner would win for “Lincoln.”)
11:18 If Seth was bummed about not winning...
... he didn’t show it throwing to commercial. Pretty sure that even he knows that when you’re nominated in a category against Adele, you’re probably going home empty-handed.
11:12 Best Song
We get two see clips of two other nominees and then Norah Jones comes out to sing “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,” which was co-written by Seth MacFarlane and Walter Murphy, who had a huge disco hit with “A Fifth of Beethoven.” All of that is of course prelude to “Skyfall,” by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth winning. This means Adele is halfway to an EGOT.
11:10 Best Score
“Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna
10:58 In Memoriam
This year’s sad roll call includes Ernest Borgnine, Jack Klugman, Celeste Holm, Charles Durning, Adam Yauch (the Beastie Boy was also a film producer), critic Andrew Sarris, Tony Scott, Nora Ephron, and Marvin Hamlisch, who is paid tribute by Barbra Stresiand who emerges to sing his praises and “The Way We Were.”
10:54 So who hasn’t Seth MacFarlane offended?
We all knew the “Ted” director and Fox animated series king was going to be polarizing but my Twitter timeline has mostly complaints about MacFarlane’s jokes and amount of screen time. I’m more concerned that we’re two and a half hours in and we still haven’t heard all of the Best Song nominees yet or gotten to any of the big awards. The next needless “bit” on the show needs to get the “Jaws.”
10:49 Best Production Design
“Lincoln,” Rick Carter and Jim Erickson (Presented by Harry Potter and a limping Bella.)
10:43 Best Picture Clips
Nicole Kidman introduces the final trio of clips of “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Django Unchained,” and “Amour.”
10:35 Adele sings “Skyfall”
Adele sings Best Song nominee “Skyfall” from “Skyfall.” Following Bassey and the musicals tribute earlier in the evening is not an enviable task but Adele acquits herself well, going with an understated approach to the melancholic ballad.Continued...