Celebrating its 85th annual awards show, the Oscar Awards takes a few notes from the Grammy Awards with one time special collaborations and special perforances as the take on a theme for the first time – music in film.
Actor and comedian Seth MacFarlane hosted the gala event from the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. During his opening monologue Captian Kirk traveled back in time to give Seth a little help in keeping from being listed as the worst host ever; advicing MacFarlane to celebrate the movies and keep it classy that includes examples and clips.
Oscar winner Octavia Spencer presents the first award for the Best Supporting Actor to Christoph Waltz for his role in “Django Unchained”.
Best Animated Short Film went to John Kahrs for “Paperman”.
Best Animated Feature Film went to Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman for “Brave”. Andrews was attired in a kilt for the occasion.
Best Achievement in Cinematography went to Claudio Miranda for “Life of Pi”
Best Achievement in Visual Effects went to Bill Westenhofer,Guillaume Rockeron, Erik-Jan De Boer, and Donald R. Elliott for “Life of Pi”.
Best Achievement in Costume Design went to Jacqueline Durran for “Anna Karinina”.
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hair Design went to Julie Dartnell and Lisa Westcott for “Les Miserables”.
Bond girl Halale Berry hosted the tribute to 50 years of James Bond that included film clips and a performance of the theme from “Goldfinger” by Dame Shirley Bassey donned in a gold gown.
Best Live Action Short Film went to Shawn Christensen for “Curfew”.
Best Short Subject Documentary went to Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine for “Inocente”.
The Oscar Award winning Ben Afleck presented the award for Best Feature Documentary to Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn for “Searching for Sugar Man”.
The Best Foreign Language Film award went to “Amour” from Austria.
Musical star John Travolta paid tribute to the movie musicals that included performances from “Chicago”, “Les Miserable” and “I'm Telling You I'm Not Going” by Jennifer Hudson.
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing went to Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, and Simon Hayes for “Les Miserables”.
The Best Achievement in Sound Ediiting category was a tie between Paul NJ Ottosson for “Zero Dark Thirty” and Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for “Skyfall”.
Best Supporting Actrees went to Anne Hathaway for her role in “Les Miserables”.
Best Achievement in Film Editing went to William Goldenberg for “Argo”.
Jennifer Lawrence introduced Adele who performed the Oscar nominted original song “Skyfall” from the James Bond movie “Skyfall”.
Best Achievement in Production Design went to Rick Carter and Jim Erickson for “Lincoln”.
Actor George Clooney introduced the “In Memorium” segment of the show that featured industry members who have passed on over the past year and included Ernest Borgnine, Jack Kugman, Celest Holm, Adam Yauch, Charles Durning, Lois Smit, Neil Travis, Hal David Richard Robbins, Tony Scott, Nora Ephron, Ray Bradbury, Jake Eberts, Chris Marker, Herbert Horn, Mike Hopkins, and Marvin Hamlisch.
Broadway, film and music legend Barbra Streisand spoke of her friend Marvin Hamlisch and performed “Memories” from the movie “The Way We Were”.
The award for Original Movie Score went to Mychael Danna for “Life of Pi”.
Before the Origina Song Oscar was named Norah Jones performed “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from the movie “Ted”.
The award for Origina Song for a Movie went ot Adele and Paul Epworth for “Skyfall”.
Best Achievement for Screenplay Adaption Writing went to Chris Terrio for “Argo”.
Best Achievement for Original Screenplay Writing went to Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained”.
The award for Best Director went to Ang Lee for “Life of Pi”.
The award for Best Actress in a Leading Role went to Jennifer Lawrence for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook”.
The award for Best Actor in a Leading Role went to Daniel Day-Lewis for his role in “Lincoln”.
Jack Nicholson and First Lady Michelle Obama – from the White House – presented the award for Best Picture to “Argo”.