By Sandy Zimmerman (Photos by the (Photos by Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)
Our Oscar Night Las Vegas- Style festivities, officially sanctioned as part of the Academy Awards, has always been very exciting. We are very happy to join the event as a way of raising money for Variety, the Children’s Charity.
Nearly everyone associated with the film biz attended In Los Angeles, it was a glamorous audience with some of the biggest names, the most famous and soon-to-be famous as well as talented newcomers.
After much fanfare and weeks of waiting, the best of all of those extraordinarily talented nominees were finally chosen.
Just to be nominated from all of the thousands of films was an honor. With Mega-Monster budget films seeming to lead the way, the nominees were a diverse group with such exciting topics that it must have been difficult for members of the Academy to choose the winners.
A film is the sum of all of its many parts since production includes the cast as well as the technical experts involved in the various categories:
Actors and Actresses in Leading Roles, Actors and Actors in Supporting roles, Directors, Animated Features, Foreign Language films, Adopted Screenplays, Visual Effects, Original Scores, Songs, Screenplays, Make Up & Hair Styling, Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design and more.
The youngest and oldest actresses to be nominated as Best Actress was 9 year old Quvenzhane Wallis, in “Beasts of the southern Wilds”, and 86 year old Emmanuelle Riva, in “Amour”.
Jennifer Lawrence was the winner of the Best Actress award for her role in the hopeful “Silver Lining Playbook”, a throwback to the days of “Happiness” films.
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” (2013), was the first actor to win 3 Best Actor awards-“My Left Foot” (1989) and “There Will Be Blood (2007).
For the first time ever, the Best Picture category included six films with grosses over $100 million, including “Argo,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” “Zero Dark Thirty,” another Best Picture nominee, was in striking distance of nine figures as well. (The other Best Picture nominees, “Amour” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” were limited releases.)
“Argo” was a surprise winner with 3 Oscars- “Best Picture”, “Best Adapted Screenplay”, and “Best Film Editing”. Although Ben Affleck’s film was nominated, he became the fourth director in the Academy’s history without a nomination as Best Director. .
With Best Film’s winners “The King’s Speech” (2011) and “The Iron Lady” (2012) both historical drama winners, I felt the historical drama “Lincoln” would definitely win awards.