Best Picture

I’ll admit, with this one I’m just being picky, but I don’t believe Argo deserved to go home with the Oscar for Best Picture. That’s not to say it wasn’t a great movie, it made Crosswalk.com’s Top 10 for a reason, but to me, Ben Affleck’s historical homage always felt more like a summer blockbuster than a Best Picture contender. Maybe it’s because I’m personally more drawn to movies that take risks and show ambition, or that when placed in the company of films like Lincoln, Les Mis, Zero Dark Thirty, and Beasts of the Southern Wilds, Argo never really stood out. Either way, the Academy has spoken, and viewers can take it for what it is.

The Good

It’s A Tie

It’s very rare that you ever see a tie at something like The Oscars. Best Sound Editing might not be the most popular award at the show, but it was still stunning to watch contenders Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall end in a stalemate. For those Oscar historians out there, and those who love a bit of trivia, the last time the Oscars had a tie was in 1995. Not something to sneeze at, that’s for sure.

The Fall of Jennifer Lawrence

Nothing tells you about a person quite like how they handle embarrassment. The winner of Best Actress suffered an unfortunate stumble while on her way to collect her award. In true Hollywood fashion though, she dusted herself off, accepted the award with style, and even poked a little fun at herself during her acceptance speech. Well played Miss Lawrence, well played.

The Musical Montage

Sure, there were some slipups in this glamorous musical. The Chicago number was a bit muddled, and the cast of Les Miz was unevenly mic’d and out of costume. Despite all that, the music itself was nothing short of spectacular. From the booming anthems of Les Miserables, to the triumphant return of Jennifer Hudson and her rendition of “And I Am Telling You”, this was one of the Oscars more impressive moments.         

Anne Hathaway and Daniel Day-Lewis

Both the actor and the actress took home well-deserved Oscar gold for their performances in Lincoln and Les Miz respectively. Hathaway in particular faced some stiff competition from veteran actresses like Amy Adams and Sally Field. In the end though, it was good to see credit go where credit was due. Daniel Day-Lewis perfectly captured the flaws and virtues of America’s late president, while Hathaway’s heartbreaking portrayal of Fantine was one of Les Miz finer moments.              

Best Original Song

From the beginning, there was little doubt the English bombshell would be taking home the award for Best Original Song. But just in case there was any doubt, Adele’s haunting rendition of “Skyfall” was a quick reminder of why she deserved Oscar gold. What’s more, the dynamic diva’s emotional acceptance speech was surprisingly heartfelt. Here’s to you, Adele.