The statuettes have been bestowed, the house lights dimmed, and we’re pretty sure George Clooney made it safely back to his hotel room. In short, another Academy Awards ceremony is in the history books. And what a night it was — one in which music took center stage, Seth MacFarlane made his hosting debut and Jennifer Lawrence, quite literally, fell into her first Oscar.
But the roster of award-getters only tells half the story. From Tommy Lee Jones’ smile to Kristen Stewart’s foot, here are the real winners and losers from last night’s 85th annual Oscars.
As MacFarlane conceded at the top of show, the night’s theme was movie music (the first themed Oscars, it should be noted), and he delivered on his promise. From a charming song-and-dance opening featuring Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to a medley of movie-music themes from “Chicago,” “Dream Girls” and “Les Miserables,” we’ll be humming all the way home … for the next week.
Loser: Dolby Theatre Facilities
A bathroom that flooded and steps that tripped up Lawrence? Sounds like it’s time for an inspection!
Winner: Tommy Lee Jones’ Smile
The actor’s mischievous grin actually showed up for a brief moment during MacFarlane’s monologue. “Family Guy” DVDs for everyone!
Winner: James Bond
Fifty suits 007. The British super spy was anything but undercover during Sunday’s ceremony, beginning with a musical tribute by Dame Shirley Bassey, who crooned the theme from 1964’s “Goldfinger” to grand effect. Next came Grammy-winner Adele, who not only performed her hit “Skyfall,” but took home the Best Original Song Oscar alongside collaborator Paul Epworth. Consider us shaken and stirred.
He freed the slaves, but the 16th president couldn’t sweep the Oscars. With an impressive 12 nominations to its name, “Lincoln” won only two statuettes: Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Achievement in Production Design for Jim Erickson and Rick Carter. Unfortunately, we hear Abe’s veto holds little sway with the Academy.
Winner: Quvenzhane Wallis
Sure, the 9-year-old “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star was bested by Lawrence in the Best Actress category, but their ain’t nothing losery about being the youngest Oscar nominee ever. Plus, life advice from Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson is pretty much worth the price of admission.
Loser: Kristen Stewart’s Foot
Not cool to get injured right before the Academy Awards, foot. Not cool at all.
Winner: Pale Hues
Color, shmolor. Sunday’s red-carpet report was all about seeing the light, in shades of ivory, cream and blush. From Stewart’s Reem Acra to Lawrence’s Dior Haute Couture, there was nary a jewel tone in sight.
Loser: The Orchestra
Not only was the William Ross-conducted orchestra sequestered to an off-site facility, but they managed to play that darn “Jaws” song at all the wrong moments.
Winner and Loser: Seth MacFarlane
The first-time host shined when it came to the musical numbers, but if you are a woman, a Jew or gay, he probably didn’t have many nice things to say about you.