On February 24, the streets of Hollywood were packed with both celebrities and fans making their way to the Dolby Theater to attend the 85th annual Academy Awards. Along with the usual red carpet buzz, movie fans were eager to see which of the nominees would claim the awards in each category.
“There were so many good movies that came out in 2012, so I was really excited to see who would end up winning,” Convent of the Sacred Heart sophomore Claire O’Neill said.
Hosted by Seth MacFarlane, the awards were filled with humor, excitement, and, of course, some disappointment. As previously mentioned in “And the Nomination goes to,”out of the 24 awards received, viewers were most eager to hear the winners of the four biggest awards: “Best Picture,” “Best Actor in a Leading Role,” “Best Actress in a Leading Role,” and “Best Director.”
“Normally people can guess who will probably win each category, but all the movies released this year were so original and well put together, so it was impossible to guess who would win,” freshman Andrea Ranzilla said.
Argo (see review of Argo) won the highly acclaimed “Best Picture” award out of the nine movies that were nominated. However, “Best Director” was awarded to Ang Lee, for his work on Life of Pi.
“I liked Argo a lot, but I think all the other movies nominated were really good as well, so I couldn’t decide who I wanted to win the award,” Claire said.
Out of the five actors nominated for “Best Actor,” Daniel Day-Lewis claimed the award for his role in Lincoln. Similarly, Jennifer Lawrence won the “Best Actress” category for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.
“I was so happy Jennifer Lawrence won. She’s such a good actress, and definitely does not fit the typical Hollywood stereotype,” sophomore Concetta Brusco said.
However, Lawrence’s acceptance did not go entirely smoothly. The audience gasped as Lawrence tripped and fell over her dress on her way to receive her award.
“Everyone was completely shocked when she fell,” Concetta said. “It must have been mortifying for her, but she handled it really well and was able to laugh about it.”
Despite her fall, Lawrence was ecstatic about her win. In an interview with ABC news, she told reporters how she felt when she heard her name announced.
“It’s kind of an insane moment and it was just really exciting. It was really just shocking. It was the first time I’ve ever felt, like, actual shock,” Lawrence said.
Although she did not win, “Best Actress” nominee Quvenzhané Wallis also caused quite a buzz. The nine-year-old actress, nominated for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild, is the youngest person to ever be nominated for the award.
“I think Quvenzhané Wallis is absolutely adorable, and it’s so cool that she was nominated for an Oscar at such a young age,” sophomore Alexa Granser said.
Other highlights included a performances by Adele, the cast of Les Misérables, Jennifer Hudson, and a medley from the 2002 hit movie, Chicago.
“This year was definitely one of the most exciting Oscars, and it was a great way to commemorate all of the great movies and performances of 2012,” Alexa said.
– Anna Phillips, Staff Writer