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Pop-Culture Connoisseur: An Oscars Recap

-Brianna Huber

The winners are in, and I feel like overall, 2012 was a pretty great year in film. From Argo, to Les Miserables, to Zero Dark Thirty, this was the year of the historical drama. We also had both our youngest and oldest nominees ever for the category of Best Actress—9-year-old Quvenzahné Wallace and 86-year-old Emmanuelle Riva. Oscar night was filled with noteworthy moments, but there were several in particular that I found especially memorable.

I’m having a hard time thinking of one word to sum up Seth MacFarlane as host of the evening’s ceremonies. He actually kept things classier than I expected given what I know of his work, but he still managed to be a bit over-the-line offensive for me on numerous occasions. Some of the moments I found most distasteful were when he described Zero Dark Thirty as a “celebration of every woman’s innate ability to never let things go,” when he commented while speaking about Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance in Lincoln that “the actor who really got inside Lincoln’s head was John Wilkes Booth,” and when he took an ethnic jab at Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, and Javier Bardem by saying, “We have no idea what they’re saying but we don’t care because they’re so attractive.” MacFarlane is a skilled comic, so it’s a shame he had to tarnish his overall performance with some of his gags.

I was very happy to see Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway win Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Anne Hathaway has grown so much as an actress since I first saw her in The Princess Diaries back in 2001 and gave an amazing performance is Les Miserables.  Jennifer Lawrence strikes me as someone who’s very dedicated to her craft, but also very down-to-Earth as a person.  She doesn’t play the Hollywood game, even if refusing to do so sometimes causes her to put her foot in her mouth, and I love that about her. I have to ask what it says about the world we live in that as soon as I saw Lawrence trip on her way to the stage to accept her award, I knew it would be all over the internet in a matter of seconds. Yes, she tripped. Yes, I’m sure it was embarrassing, but she handled it gracefully. Now get over it.

I thought it was cool that Amour was nominated for Best Picture as a foreign film. I feel like it isn’t too often that I see a foreign film make it onto that list, so I’ll definitely have to see that one later.

Given the success of his film Argo, it was a surprise to see Ben Affleck left off of the nominee list for Best Director (actually, it was a surprise to see Kathryn Bigelow and Zero Dark Thirty left off of the list too), so it was a perfect end to the night to see Argo win Best Picture. Affleck gave the best acceptance speech of the night, thanking everyone from his wife, actress Jennifer Garner, to Canada and the people of Iran, before taking a moment to note that he never thought he would be on that stage again after winning his 1998 Oscar for Good Will Hunting. “You have to work harder than you think you possibly can,” he said, addressing what he’s learned from others in the film business during his career. “You can’t hold grudges. It’s hard, but you can’t hold grudges. And it doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life, because that’s going to happen. All that matters is that you’ve got to get up.”

Now that this year’s Oscars are over, I’m already looking forward to next year. Each year brings new talent, or simply talent that has gone unrecognized, and allows its possessors to shine. This year, I feel like Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, and even Ben Affleck were a few people who had their careers bumped to the next level by their Oscar nominations and wins. I can’t wait to see who will get that opportunity next.

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Top 5 Movies I Can’t Wait For

-Sam Bouchat

5. Brave

Release date: June 22, 2012

This newest production of creative powerhouse Disney and the genius work of Pixar promises to be another superb hit; however this Pixar movie is slightly different from others. It boasts a female lead, Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), and will be released in 3D. In this story, Merida, an archer and daughter of the king, goes on a crazy and dangerous adventure to defy tradition and save the kingdom. Voicing talent includes Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly and Julie Walters.

4. Men in Black III

Release date: May 25, 2012

I fell in love with the Men in Black franchise back in 1997 when the first of the trilogy was released. The unorthodox science fiction and humor reminded me of the original Star Trek series. Now, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are back in this new thriller comedy. Agent J (Smith) must go back in time in order to discover the whereabouts of Agent K (Jones) who mysteriously disappears. The most excellent part – Josh Brolin plays a young Agent K, and, if the trailer is anything to go by, he pulls off Tommy Lee Jones to a tee.

3. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Release date: June 22, 2012

I’m normally not a fan of Steve Carell flicks, but the originality of the plot makes this my number 3 movie for this year. A giant meteor heading towards Earth creates a panic as the world population realizes that they have only three weeks until they all perish. Dodge (Carell) teams up with his neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley) to find his childhood sweetheart before the world is destroyed. While I’m not a huge fan of romantic comedies, I look forward to seeing how director Lorene Scafaria envisions a world knowingly doomed to destruction.

2. The Avengers

Release date: May 4, 2012

I’ve already made it apparent how excited I am for the Avengers movie. The concept of characters that I’ve individually fallen in love with, in individual movies, with individual plots, all meeting together and teaming up sound more like a fanfiction than the plot of a big budget Hollywood film. But Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth will be returning to the big screen as their mechanically, chemically, and supernaturally enhanced characters. Also added to the cast is Mark Ruffalo, replacing Edward Norton as the Hulk. I honestly don’t care if this movie doesn’t have a plot – I’m going for the mindless action and eye-candy.

1. The Dark Knight Rises

Release date: July 20, 2012

Words cannot describe the effort it takes for me to go on living, day after day, without having seen this movie. The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion of the Batman trilogy and brain-child of genius director Christopher Nolan (Memento, Inception), will truly be an event to behold. Christian Bale will be returning as an aloof, all-too-serious Bruce Wayne, Michael Caine as Alfred the butler, and (my favorite) Gary Oldman as the ever-concerned, adorable Commissioner Gordon. When we left the theaters of the Dark Knight back in 2008, we had no idea what was going to happen next. Batman has been blamed for the murders conducted by Harvey Dent, and Gordon has destroyed the Bat Signal. The whole of Gotham is against the Batman, and now here comes a new villain – Bane (performed by Tom Hardy, who gained about 28 pound of muscle for the role). Anne Hathaway will also be joining the cast as Selina Kile (Cat Woman). It is sure to be explosive, and a fitting end to such a fantastic series of films.

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