The 85th Annual Academy Awards took place on February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. During the ceremony, 24 golden statuettes were given out to one person from each category. The show was filled with many breath-taking musical performances from the likes of Adele and Jennifer Hudson, note-worthy acceptance speeches, a James Bond tribute, and much more.
The Oscars opened with a monologue by Seth Macfarlane. The opening act featured celebrities such as Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum, and William Shatner.
The first Oscar of the night went home with Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) for Best Supporting Actor. Melissa McCarthy and Paul Rudd presented the Best Animated Short and Feature films won by John Kahrs (Paperman) and Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman (Brave). One of the controversies of the night occurred when, during his acceptance speech, one of the Best Visual Effects winners was cut short by the Jaws theme song when he began talking about the protest of the visual effects artists.
After a few more statuettes were presented, Bond girl Halle Berry introduced the 50-Years-of-Bond tribute, which highlighted the music and the characters of all past James Bond movies. Shirley Bassey wraped up the commemoration by singing “Goldfinger,” the Bond theme song. Her dramatic and emotional performance earned her a standing ovation from the whole audience.
The show moved on with the stellar performance of “All That Jazz” from Chicago by Catherine Zeta-Jones. It tied in with the night’s celebration of the musicals of the last decade, presented by John Travolta, star of Grease. Next, Jennifer Hudson, an Academy Award winner for her Best Supporting Role in Dreamgirls, followed by the cast of Les Miserables, sang some of the unforgettable songs from their movies. Later that evening, Adele performed her Academy Award winning song “Skyfall.”
It is an old Oscar tradition that at every ceremony important showbusiness figures who have passed away in the previous year are remembered. During the “In Memoriam” segment, presented by George Clooney, big names such as Ray Bradbury, Richard D. Zanuck, and Adam Yauch were paid tribute. Although many were commemorated, the Academy could not fit in every person.
The Oscars concluded with the greatly anticipated category-winners announcement. The 2013 Original Screenplay award was given to Django Unchained, directed by Quentin Tarantino, who previously won the Oscar in the same category for Pulp Fiction. Ang Lee, director of Life of Pi, won his first Best Director Oscar for his work for that film. The Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role went to rising star Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. On her way to accept her award, Lawrence stumbled over her poofy dress. Once safely on stage however, she laughed off her mishap. Daniel Day-Lewis, who starred in Lincoln, made Oscar history as he became the first actor in the Best Actor category to win 3 Oscars. “Hollywood’s biggest night” came to an end when the First Lady, Michelle Obama, announced the Best Picture award, which went to Ben Affleck’s Argo, produced by George Clooney, and Grant Heslov.
Each year the Academy Awards surprise, amaze, and, at times, shock us. The hosts and the nominees change, and always bring something new to the ceremony. Although all the categories and foundations of the show remain unchanged, the show’s producers keep the audience wondering what will happen next year.