The Top 10 Best of the Oscars

by indiaautry

My Oscars predictions were right, if you count the distinctions I made between my favorites and the ones who were likely to win. Now, I’m bestowing awards based on Oscars night itself.

1. Best Host Ever: Seth MacFarlane

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I never doubted Seth MacFarlane’s integrity…and he didn’t disappoint, remaining his usual irreverent self as host of a fairly mainstream show – making him the best (and cutest) Oscars host in recent memory. He’s feeling the backlash of criticism, as he predicted during a skit in his show. Click here for 10 of his best jokes.

2. Most Trendy: anyone who wore an art deco or metallic dress

As I watched the gowns come down the red carpet, I noticed a clear trend. A plurality of the dresses were art deco or metallic dresses.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

3. Biggest Disappointment: Channing Tatum‘s perfomance

When I heard Channing Tatum was performing, I was  hoping for something more like this.

Magic Mikesque.

Magic Mikesque.

Not this.

Though he and Charlize Theron did do a beautiful number.

Though he and Charlize Theron did do a beautiful number.

4. Most Misunderstood: Ben Affleck (“Argo” – Best Picture)

A little off-topic, but Ben does facial hair so well.

A little off-topic, but Ben does facial hair so well.

I was so excited to see director Ben Affleck get his just due. After he recovered from some other guy taking up a lot of his speaking time, his emotion was very compelling. When he started crying, he reminded me of his perhaps little-known character in “Forces of Nature,” which goes to show we bring our authentic selves to the screen.

Speaking of “Forces of Nature,” I immediately recognized his commentary about marriage as a paraphrase of a line used in the film about the triumph of true love and commitment.

I thought saying it to Jennifer Garner during his speech was quite romantic and much more real than the “I love my wife, couldn’t have done this without her” line that you hear over and over. I think it’s a shame that Ben had to explain his comment publicly. I mean, really, is it any mystery to any of us that relationships are work?

5. Best Cutaway to a Nominee: Quvenzhane Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild“)

Too young to hold back that rightful and natural urge to root for ourselves.

Too young to hold back that rightful and natural urge to root for ourselves.

See video here.

6. Most Amazing Record Setter: Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln“)

My favorite actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, has officially become the greatest actor of all time – the first to win three best actor Oscars!

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7. Most Stunning: Jessica Chastain and Charlize Theron

In the words of Mark Wahlberg, it’s a tie – “no B.S.” Jessica, always sophisticated, was beautiful in what she called “Old Hollywood Glamour” (my favorite kind of glamour), in a goldish nude sweetheart column dress and red lips.

Charlize showed off her beautiful face with a pixie (I’m always partial to those) and wore white, which is one of the most stand-out colors you can wear if your skintone is different enough to set it off.

Commentators compared Chastain to Jessica Rabbit, showing it doesn't take buxom to be sexy.

Commentators compared Chastain to Jessica Rabbit, showing it doesn’t take buxom to be sexy.

Charlize is beautiful and the column dress shows skin and accentuates curves in all the right places.

Charlize is beautiful and the column dress shows skin and accentuates curves in all the right places.

8. Best You-Weren’t-Supposed-to-Notice-That Moment: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Sally Field (“Lincoln”)

JGL clearly wasn’t happy when E’s Ryan Seacrest asked Sally Field the question asked way too many times, “Did you have to fight for this role?” Joseph who had Best Supporting Actress nominee Sally Field on his arm on the red carpet slightly rolled his eyes and looked away when the question was asked, and chimed in with “you killed it” when he felt Sally wasn’t getting enough credit for how well she performed the role. What a gentleman and protector. My hero!

Of course they don't take a picture when he's looking away.

Of course they don’t take a picture when he’s looking away.

9. Most Missed (For the Second Year Running): Ryan Gosling

The Gos.

The Gos.

For two  years in a row, Ryan Gosling hasn’t made an appearance at the Oscars – I noted his absence in last year’s Oscars review. Perhaps his upcoming movie “Beyond the Pines” will get him the nomination he deserves and get him onto the red carpet on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year, where he belongs.

10. The Undeniable Belle of the Ball (Even Though She Fell): Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook“)

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As you know, I thought Jessica Chastain should have won Best Actress for “Zero Dark Thirty,” but Jennifer Lawrence is an unstoppable force right now. She’s been deemed Oscars’ best dressed, in an elaborate and unique feminine baby pink gown. And she admirably recovered from a fall going up the steps to accept the award. In fact, it was a glamorous Cinderalla moment. And she’s 22, not quite the youngest winner of this coveted award.

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