Oscars didn’t fail to surprise, awe and impress

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By Katherine Leszczynski, Contributor

Although the Oscars were last week, it feels like they just ended five minutes ago.
This year’s Academy Awards went over the usual three hours by half an hour. While I consider myself a pop culture buff and eagerly await the Oscars every year, this year’s telecast seemed to go on and on. Thankfully  host Seth MacFarlane tried to move things along.
There has been a lot of hullabaloo about MacFarlane’s hosting duties. While I think MacFarlane had a few misses (i.e. the opening monologue with William Shatner), overall he was self-deprecating and funny. He wasn’t afraid to poke fun at celebrities, himself or historical figures. And let’s face it, he was better than last year’s Anne Hathaway and James Franco.
I’ll admit this right away, I didn’t see many movies that were nominated this year. But, from what I gathered from friends and family who did, “Argo” wasn’t completely worthy of the coveted Best Picture. The most common phrase I heard about it was that it was “good, not great.”
Once Ben Affleck got snubbed out of Best Director, a fire was lit under the movie. It won Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards and every other award under the sun. It couldn’t be ignored come Oscar time.
Once Affleck won, his speech moved at 60 miles per hour. It was endearing, as he was clearly excited and honored. And he even compared his wife, Jennifer Garner, to Iran in an accidental way. You go, Ben!
Everyone’s favorite moment came when universal crush, Jennifer Lawrence, won Best Actress. While walking up to the stage, Lawrence took a tiny tumble on the steps that will go down in history. However, in true Jennifer Lawrence fashion, she was charming when she reached the microphone, saying “You’re just standing because I fell!”
Abraham Lincoln won for his work in the biopic, “Lincoln.” Oh, what’s that? That was actually Daniel Day-Lewis? Oh, well, then he really deserved the win. It’s scary how much Day-Lewis turned into Lincoln for the role.
What struck me more was his speech. Day-Lewis isn’t really known for being funny, yet his acceptance speech was hilarious. He told a fictional story about how award presenter Meryl Streep was the original choice for Lincoln and he was supposed to be Margaret Thatcher. I loved to see his sense of humor.
Overall, the Oscars stacked up the same as they usually do: mostly predictable wins, some funny and memorable moments, and a host who had some hits and misses. Will we remember this show specifically years from now? Probably not. Maybe everyone will just remember the fall seen round the world.

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