In one of the most open Oscar ceremonies in years – the Academy just about got it spot on.
Even though a self-confessed fan of Zero Dark Thirty – which in the end only shared a Sound Editing award with Skyfall – there was no arguments from me when Argo snagged the prestigious Best Film gong.
The only problem is director Ben Affleck should have been nominated (and arguably won, like he did at the BAFTAs) for Best Director – which went to Ang Lee for Life of Pi – but at least he could take some comfort for Argo (which also took Best Adapted Screenplay) winning the overall prize.
The best supporting role awards were right on the button though, with Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) and Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) being the two deserving winners for their respective categories.
As was Daniel Day-Lewis, who set a new Oscar record by snaring Best Actor for the third time, with his excellent turn as American President Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg’s Lincoln; but Jessica Chastain (in my opinion) should have won Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty – with the award going to Hunger Games’ star Jennifer Lawrence for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.
Other notable gongs went deservedly to Quentin Tarantino for his sensational Best Original Screenplay script for Django, Disney/Pixar collaboration Brave for Best Animated Feature, and Adele kept the British flag flying winning best original song for Skyfall, as James Bond was celebrated throughout the night.
So that’s another Oscars night wrapped for a year, and bar the Ben Affleck director rejection, you’ll get very little complaints from me – particularly with Argo, Day-Lewis, Waltz, Hathaway and Tarantino triumphing.
* Catch up with Gavin next week when he reviews romantic drama Safe Haven for ESP, from the writer of Dear John and The Notebook.