Another Oscar ceremony has come and gone. Expectations were met (Daniel Day-Lewis winning Best Actor) and there were some surprises (Ang Lee beating Steven Speilberg for Best Director). Following along on Twitter, there were plenty of complaints about the host, the length of the ceremony and some of the presenters. We got a song about boobs, Jennifer Lawrence taking a tumble and lots of long-haired blond men winning in some of the more obscure categories.
Here’s a look at the real winners and losers from tonight’s award show.
Life of Pi
Pi didn’t really need any help from the Oscars. The film didn’t make too much of an impression at the U.S. box office but it earned $583 million at the global box office making it the highest-grossing Best Picture nominee. Tonight the Fox film walked away with four Oscars including one for Ang Lee for Best Director. Most people were expecting Steven Spielberg to win in that category. The awards will likely give the film a boost on home video (it’s down to just 550 theaters nationwide) as people rent it to see what the fuss was all about.
The actor was a shoo-in to win Best Actor for Lincoln but he is now the bona fide greatest actor of his generation. This is Day-Lewis’ third win for Best Actor. He won in 1989 for My Left Foot and in 2007 for There Will Be Blood. Day-Lewis is picky about what roles he takes, only doing a movie every two to three years. If he wanted to, Day-Lewis could start demanding a large salary for his work since he basically guarantees Oscar recognition. But the films he usually chooses to appear in have limited budgets. He’s clearly an actor who truly works for the love of his art. Tonight he joked that he was supposed to play Margaret Thatcher but he has actually become the Meryl Streep of actors.
Life Day-Lewis, Lawrence was the favorite to win in her category and her win wan’t a huge surprise. But between winning an Oscar and starring in the hottest new teen franchise (The Hunger Games), Lawrence is now officially the hottest actress in Hollywood. She can carry an action film and win an Oscar. She’s already getting a reported $10 million for the next Hunger Games movie but don’t be surprised if that number escalates for future films. Everyone in Hollywood is going to want to cast her (if they don’t already) and she’ll have plenty of leverage to basically ask for whatever she wants.
Weinstein is usually the king of the Oscars. Last year he dominated with The Artist and the year before that The King’s Speech, also from The Weinstein Company, won four Oscars including for Best Picture and Best Actor. Weinstein looked like he was at risk of possibly getting shut out tonight since his two big movies in the running, Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained, weren’t expected to win very much. But he ended up with three big awards. Lawrence won Best Actress for Silver Linings. Christoph Waltz was a bit of a surprise winner in the Best Supporting Actor category for Django Unchained and Quentin Tarantino won for Best Original Screenplay for Django. Sure, he neglected to that Weinstein in his speech but the movie mogul’s presence could be felt anyway.
I thought MacFarlane did a pretty good job but Twitter sentiment seemed to be mostly against him and he didn’t seem to win a lot of friends in the room. Ben Affleck even gave a jab when he came up on stage to announce a category, though it was unclear if he was being snide because of a Gigli joke or a joke about Lincoln getting shot. It’s a tough gig though. I can’t remember the last time a host killed at the Academy Awards. I’d be surprised to see MacFarlane invited back for a return performance.
Zellweger’s career has hit a serious rough patch lately. With all of the attention (mysteriously) paid to the movie Chicago at this year’s Oscars, the ceremony would have been a great place for her to reintroduce herself to Hollywood. Instead, she appear emaciated and confused. She wasn’t able to read the winners of two envelopes that she looked at and was saved by Queen Latifah reading the winner over her shoulder. Zellweger won an Ocar in 2003 for Cold Mountain but in the five years after that her box office earnings fell $378 million from what she had earned the five years before she won.