Oscars 2013

I loved so many of this year's Oscar contenders. Many were not just films that critics and people from the industry would admire – they were box office hits. That made it all the more interesting to see who won the top awards.

Despite the variety of films, it actually wasn't a very surprising Academy Awards this year. While the awards were spread out over several films, there was little doubt over who would win the major awards. The biggest surprise was that the sound editing category was a tie. The big winners of the night were Argo and Life of Pi. I thought the Academy got it almost perfectly correct this year. How refreshing! I did however, think that Jackman and Chastain deserved to win over Day-Lewis and Lawrence.

Seth Macfarlane was also a good host. He seemed to divide people, but I thought most of his jokes were clever and not too offensive. There were also some good musical numbers from Adele, Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Hudson and the cast of Les Miserables.

Here is a list of the winners from the 85th annual Academy Awards:
Best Picture: Argo
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Foreign Language Film: Amour
Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo
Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Animated Feature Film: Brave
Production Design: Lincoln
Cinematography: Life of Pi
Sound Mixing: Les Miserables
Sound Editing (tie): Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty
Original Score: Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Original Song: Skyfall from Skyfall, Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Costume: Anna Karenina
Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man
Documentary Short Subject: Inocente
Film Editing: Argo
Make-up and Hairstyling: Les Miserables
Animated Short Film: Paperman
Live Action Short Film: Curfew
Visual Effects: Life of Pi

On The Red Carpet

I must say, there were far more hits than misses this year. Most people - even Helena Bonham-Carter - looked good. White was also very popular this year.

Best dressed:
- Queen Latifah. Proving bigger can be better.
- Jane Fonda. You know I love it when older women dressed wonderfully. Gorgeous in yellow.
- Reece Witherspoon. Love that shade of blue on her.
- Sally Field. Another older woman rocking the red carpet in a beautiful red gown with a long tail.
- Salma Hayek. Amazing in a black and gold dress.

Worst dressed:
- Adele. She needs to try something other than black.
- Jennifer Aniston. Too puffy and it didn't work.
- Jessica Chastain. The colour blended too much with her skin tone.
- Anne Hathaway. One word. Nipples.
- Amy Adams. She is fast-becoming a red carpet disaster on every occasion.

Best dressed couple:
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. They are so cute!

What did you think of the Oscars?