Gritty slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” took home the Oscar for best picture at Sunday’s Academy Awards, and its star Lupita Nyong’o added to the film’s trophy case by claiming the best supporting actress award.
Despite going up against a powerhouse field including Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts, first-time nominee Lupito N’yongo took home the best supporting actress award at Sunday night’s Academy Awards. Nyong’o plays abused slave Patsey in “12 Years a Slave,” which is favored by many to win the night’s best picture award.
Two weeks before the 85th Academy Awards, Rock Center’s Harry Smith sat in during an “Onion” editorial meeting where they brainstormed content for Oscar night. The staff discussed several possible headlines and mentioned nine-year-old “Beasts of the Southern Wild” actress Quvenzhané Wallis. During the awards, Wallis was the butte of a controversial joke tweeted by “The Onion.”
Not all humor is for everyone (just read reviews of Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar night hosting job), but some jokes cause everyone to agree that a line has been crossed. Such was the case Sunday night when, for nearly an hour, a tweet by the Onion applied the c-word to 9-year-old “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star Quvenzhané Wallis. On Monday, The Onion CEO Steve Hannah apologized and promised disciplinary action for “those individuals responsible.”
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Oscar night was a good time for Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis, and a mixed bag for viewers. The awards show was long and uneven, and also a puzzling night in many respects. We tackled some of the unanswered questions that remained after the Dolby Theatre emptied.
What was up with Michelle Obama’s cameo? Was this the longest show ever? What tripped up Jennifer Lawrence?
Despite Ben Affleck’s snub on the best director nomination list, his film, “Argo” took home the best picture Oscar Sunday night, the final award of an evening that seemed even more ploddingly paced than usual.
Seth MacFarlane is best known as the creator of the often risque “Family Guy” series, not generally the kind of biography touted by an Oscar host. With a reported billion people watching worldwide, some Oscar fans wondered what MacFarlane would pull out of his bag of tricks Sunday night.
Edit —With some of the night’s major awards still far from locks, the Oscars kicked off in Los Angeles Sunday night, with Christoph Waltz taking home the first statuette of the night for his role in “Django Unchained.” Waltz was considered a favorite, though Tommy Lee Jones of “Lincoln” was also a major contender.
If you’re a betting sort, you’d be better off steering clear of a lot of Academy Awards action this weekend. Find another place to wager — maybe April’s NFL draft or the weekend box-office numbers. While some Oscar categories seem like total locks, there’s enough last-minute murmuring among film fans that a few shake-ups are almost guaranteed.
A gold statue is nice, but Hollywood A-listers nominated for Oscars will get a consolation prize even if they don’t win: a $47,802 goodie bag.
That’s about the same as the MSRP for an entry-level Mercedes Benz M class (and it’s within shouting distance of America’s 2011 median household income of $50,054). Still, it’s the least-expensive this gift bag has been in five years; in 2010, Oscar swag topped $90,000.
The Academy Awards are a lively, high-spirited event, but many of the films nominated Thursday morning feature grim topics. From the waterboarding of “Zero Dark Thirty” to the desperation and revolution of “Les Miserables,” movies this time around were rewarded for tackling dark subject matter with skill. Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” led all comers with 12 nominations, with Ang Lee’s ”Life of Pi” next with 11.