Anne Hathaway’s dream comes true at the 85th Academy Awards

Anne Hathaway won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Anne Hathaway won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Oh, what a night!

Last night’s 85th Annual Academy Awards drew millions of viewers and was filled to the brim with glitz, glamor, and even a few surprises.

As expected, Anne Hathaway took home the much-deserved Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her unforgettable performance as Fantine in Les Misérables. Hathaway was cool, calm, and collected as she thanked friends, family, crew members and husband for their contributions to her success in the film.

She also had some touching final words: “Here’s hoping someday in the not-too-distant future the misfortunes of Fantine will be only found in fiction and not in real life.”

Host Seth MacFarlane opened the show with a humorous exchange with William Shatner—pardon me, Captain James T. Kirk—who aided him in his attempt to earn a better review than “mediocre Oscar host.”

All things considered, Seth did a pretty stand-up job.

Not only did he open the show with one of his traditional song-and-dance routines but audience members got to witness the graceful Charlize Theron and the versatile Channing Tatum share a beautiful ballroom dance together before recently inducted Broadway performer Daniel Radcliffe and Lincoln’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt partook in a jazzy soft shoe routine. But when MacFarlane welcomed everyone to “Be [His] Guest,” that’s when the show really began.

The first surprise of the evening came when Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained, an award that was widely thought would go to Tommy Lee Jones for his work as Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln.

Life of Pi did exceptionally well throughout the evening, taking home awards for both Visual Effects and Cinematography right away and then going on to receive honors for Achievement in Editing, Original Score, and Best Director (Ang Lee).

One of the highlights of the show was its special tribute to 50 years of James Bond. After displaying an exhilarating montage of action scenes, gadgetry and the infamous Bond women, Shirley Bassey brought the house down with a performance of the iconic “Goldfinger.”

Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and Hugh Jackman performing at the Academy Awards.

Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and Hugh Jackman performing at the Academy Awards.

But the showstopper was certainly the Oscars’ tribute to movie musicals of the past decade: Chicago, Dreamgirls, and, of course, Les Misérables. This performance not only gave Oscar winners Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Hudson the chance to relive the moments that made them instant Oscar winners but also marked the last time the ensemble of Les Misérables would perform together live. The cast sang an intriguing mash-up that included both the original song “Suddenly” and an adapted version of the famous “One Day More.” All of the major players—from Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway to Samantha Barks and Aaron Tveit—were in attendance and gave fantastic performances. Given that the Academy decided to highlight and honor movie musicals in such a prominent way this year shows how popular, timeless, and important they are in the motion picture canon. With any luck, this means that movie musicals will continue being made and made well. (We will overlook the recent catastrophe that was Rock of Ages.)

It is also worth noting the power and presence brought to the stage by Broadway veterans like Aaron Tveit and Kristin Chenoweth. It is certainly inspiring to see film actors like Jackman taking on complicated roles traditionally written for the stage but there is something electric about seeing actual Broadway natives take the stage on national television and simply own it. Tveit’s solo at center stage during “One Day More” was one of the more chill-inducing moments of the number and Chenoweth’s closing song with MacFarlane showed that her gorgeous voice will simply never go out of style.

Adele’s award-winning performance of “Skyfall” was haunting and subtle while Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were” proved to be a deeply emotional homage to the beloved composer Marvin Hamlisch during the “In Memoriam” portion of the show.

And then came the moments we were all waiting for: the awards for Best Actor, Actress, and Motion Picture.

This is where the surprises seemed to end—as predicted, Jennifer Lawrence took home Best Actress for her riveting performance in Silver Linings Playbook; Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for fully embodying the title role in Lincoln; and Ben Affleck (overlooked in both Acting and Directing categories) was recognized for his film Argo, the Best Picture of the year.

It was one of the most fun and memorable Oscar shows in recent years. Some of the moments were equally touching as they were stimulating.

Daniel Day-Lewis accepted his award from Meryl Streep, arguably the best actress of all time, only to become the first actor to win Best Actor three times.

Before she went on to win Best Supporting Actress, Anne Hathaway correctly guessed what was hidden beneath the veil in the Oscar Mystery Box: Dorothy’s slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” Given the musical path that has been laid out before her, could she be a contender for Elphaba in the as-yet-to-be-released Wicked film? Perhaps she should put the red shoes on, give them three clicks, and see what happens! (Fun fact: she was standing by Chenoweth the Good Witch when she properly guessed what was in the Box. Could it be a sign?)

Overall, it was a great night for movies and an even greater night for Broadway. And who knows? Maybe next year when nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis turns ten and makes her own movie musical debut in Annie, the Academy Awards will be alive with song and dance once again.

What was your favorite moment from last night’s Academy Awards? Let us know in comments!

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3 Responses

  1. Daniel Radcliff doing soft shoe! Too good!

  2. Shirley Bassey was the finer of singers of the evening. The Les Mis cast gets kudos for performing something that is definitely not their strong suit. Although, There are way finer singing actors that could’ve been cast in that movie. All the hype about these actors and how “extraordinary” their performances are sets the bar very low.. The public is being steered to believe that this is the height of talent or the best of the best? False! It’s a shame, because there is MUCH better talent out there.

  3. I thought Seth was a terrible host. The show was sloppy, dragged on endlessly and his jokes were not funny.

    However, I thought the few moments that brought the Les Miserables cast together – including people like Ramin Karimloo!!! – were the best. And I could not be happier for Anne.