The 85th Academy Awards, officially renamed The Oscars, ceremony celebrating the best of film in 2012 was televised on February 24, 2013. From the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, the broadcast was hosted quite admirably for the first time by the multi-talented Seth MacFarlane, who kept the evening’s proceedings moving along fairly wittily, without being too scandalous or controversial, only going about 25minutes over the scheduled 3 hours. Besides the usual glitz and glamour of the presenters, nominees and winners the show also featured, a humourous appearance by William Shatner as Captain Kirk, as well as performances by host MacFarlane with Channing Tatum & Charlize Theron and with Joseph-Gorden Levitt & Daniel Radcliffe, a special tribute to the 50th Anniversary of James Bond featuring Halle Barry and Dame Shirley Bassey, Adele, Barbra Streisand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jennifer Hudson & the cast of Les Misérables paying tribute to musicals, a surprise presenter in First Lady Michelle Obama and a wrap up song ‘celebrating the losers’ from Kristen Chenoworth & MacFarlane.
As in the last few years, social media was a big component of the awards, with The Academy, fans and celebrities very active on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more. Live tweeting, photos and videos augmented the telecast, allowing everyone to take part in the event.
Leading the nominations was Lincoln with 12 nods going into the night, closely followed by Life Of Pi. In the end, Life Of Pi received the most hardware, walking away with 4 trophies.
Some of The Oscars went home with;
Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, and George Clooney for Argo – Best Picture
Ang Lee for Life Of Pi – Best Director
Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln – Best Actor
Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook – Best Actress
Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained – Best Supporting Actor
Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables – Best Supporting Actress
Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained – Best Writing – Original Screenplay
Danny Terrio for Argo – Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay
Amour – Best Foreign Language Film
Brave – Best Animated Feature
Adele & Paul Epworth for Skyfall – Best Original Song
Mychael Danna for Life Of Pi – Best Score
For the full list of Oscar recipients visit oscar.com