The Academy Awards aired live on ABC Sunday, Feb. 24th. Many students gathered in the Student Union to watch and discuss the awards. Before the results were announced, many students made their category predictions.
Among the nominees for Best Picture were Life of Pi, Argo, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained and Les Miserables. Argo won the award for Best Picture.
“I think Lincoln should win,” senior theater major Emma Carter said. “Daniel Day-Lewis does such a good job, and the pacing is really good. It never gets boring.”
Although Lincoln didn’t win Best Picture, Daniel Day-Lewis did win Best Actor for his potrayal of the past president.
Silver Linings Playbook with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence was also a contender.
“I think I liked Silver Linings Playbook better,” Carter said, “but the quality of Lincoln overall is unbeatable: the costumes, the attention to detail, everything is so good. Daniel Day-Lewis is incredible. He should win best actor.”
Jennifer Lawrence received the award for Best Actress, the second youngest person to do so, for her performance in the unconventional romantic comedy.
Life of Pi, based on the popular novel, was also a favorite for Best Picture. “Visually, Life of Pi was stunning. As far as movie adaptations of novels, they did a really good job sticking to the book,” Leslie Hudson, fellow senior theater major said.
However, Hudson wasn’t sure it was Best Picture material. “I don’t think it will win Best Picture, but I’m sure it will get awards for cinematography and film editing.”
Life of Pi won the Oscar for cinematography accordingly.
Another film of interest was the film adaptation of Les Miserables. This film has been getting a lot of buzz, particularly for the performances of Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.
Although these performances are impressive, Eddie Andrews, theater conservatory student, wasn’t sure they’re worthy of Academy Awards.
“Hugh Jackman gave a wonderful performance,” Andrews said, “however, I think the amount of dedication and character research Daniel Day-Lewis put into his enthralling interpretation of Lincoln should be recognized.”
Hugh Jackman didn’t win an Academy Award for this particular performance, but Anne Hathaway was recognized for her performance as Fantine with her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress.