7 biggest shockers at the Oscars

What was the biggest Oscars shocker? There weren’t that many of them! Everything basically went according to script at moviedom’s top award. While we like to be right about our predictions at these things, a good surprise can keep the show exciting.

Will Smith presenting Best Picture struck me as odd. While Smith is a two-time Oscar nominee, why is he presenting the biggest award of the evening? That honor is usually reserved for someone with a very high standing in the industry like Jack Nicholson, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington or Tom Hanks. I think it’s safe to say that Will Smith is not on that level.

• The victory by “Mr. Hublot” as Best Animated Short was the biggest jawdropper among winners. Only one of our experts saw it coming: Ed Douglas (Comingsoon). All others had predicted “Get a Horse!”

• OMG! The audience actually was quiet and respectful during the In Memoriam presentation. I have never seen that happen before when someone isn’t singing over the montage. Also, kudos for remembering film critic Roger Ebert in the montage.

• Even if the performance of a nominated song is good, the crowd does not usually respond in an enthusiastic way. But, damn, Pharrell changed all of that when he performed his Oscar-nominated tune “Happy.” Pharrell brought energy to the stage with his dancers of all ages and wasn’t afraid to get the audience involved. He brought out the spirit of the song with Lupita Nyong’o, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

• The win by “Helium” for Best Live Action Short Film was a surprise to me and would have been a bigger one had Tom O’Neil had not switched to it at the last minute. But I still thought the win was surprising considering that shorts about dying children haven’t won this honor in recent years.

• It wasn’t a surprise to me, but I guess the win for Best Original Screenplay by Spike Jonze for “Her.” Several of our experts had predicted “American Hustle” would take the honor instead. But those that did pick “Hustle” should have seen the wins “Her” at the Golden Globes and the WGA as a premonition of things to come.

6 thoughts on “7 biggest shockers at the Oscars

  1. I have to agree on Will Smith. As soon as they announced him, my first thought was, “What has Will Smith done to deserve this honor?” But at least they didn’t bring in anyone from politics to present it. I was surprised they ended the In Memoriam with Philip Seymour Hoffman. I was expecting it to be Peter O’Toole.

  2. I agree with Will Smith, especially because he was in one of the worst movies of the past year. I’m pretty sure the Pharell dancing was pre-planned; when he passed Jennifer Lawrence she had a look like “I don’t know what to do” but everyone else who actually danced was choreographed.

  3. Will Smith presenting the Best Picture award was just wrong.
    I’m assuming they chose him as he’s one of the top bankable stars, but that’s wrong.
    So many other names could have and should have been there instead of him.

  4. There were no surprises, it was the most boring show in Oscar history. Same winners every award show. Just the night before they all won the Independent Film Awards. The set was horrible,. Ellen was terrible and the whole thing was a mess. Fire Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and burn their gay cards.

  5. No big surprises. Just thought the show was boring and dragged on. I think the acceptance speeches were all from the heart and very touching. I think it showed how much heart actors really do have.

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