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Reel to Real: Award season comes, goes

3 March 2013 By Eva Niessner, Staff Writer No Comments

Another Academy Award ceremony has come and gone. I could see some of the winners coming from a mile off, but some were more of a surprise.“Argo” took Best Picture, which I absolutely wasn’t expecting. I was certain it would go to “Lincoln”—but one historical drama dethroned the other, and now, in the words of every website and critic ever, Ben Affleck is laughing at us all. Of course, “Lincoln” didn’t leave empty-handed.Did anyone think somebody other than Daniel

Day-Lewis was getting that Best Actor award? Day-Lewis now has more Best Actor trophies than anyone else, ever (and if he can get another one, he’ll be tied with Katharine Hepburn and her four Best Actress awards).

Christoph Waltz has also joined an elite rank, now that he has two Best Supporting Actor awards. He won his second this year for “Django Unchained,” which means as long as he keeps playing supporting roles in Tarantino films, he’ll be set for Oscars for the rest of forever (his first Best Supporting Actor award was in 2010 for “Inglorious Basterds”).

And Tarantino got his second Oscar for “Django” as well, rising above worthy competitors like “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Moonrise Kingdom” to win for Best Original Screenplay.  There was no doubt that Anne Hathaway was going to get Best Supporting Actress, that “Life of Pi” was going to get Best Visual Effects or that “Skyfall” was going to get Best Original Song. Had those things not been so, the Earth itself might have spun off its axis and hurtled into the sun.

But I was surprised that “Les Miserables” beat “The Hobbit” for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. The “Hobbit” hair and makeup team had to turn people into dwarves! And hobbits! That’s not to say the people in “Les Mis” didn’t look believable, and we have the hair and makeup people to thank for that. I just never understand when well-done fantasies lose this category to other movies.
So let me ask you: Who were you happy to see win? Who do you think should have won instead? And what movies are on the horizon that you think have Oscar potential?


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