Bradford's Hollywood: March 9 2013

by Trisha Hound / 28 February, 2013
The 2013 Oscars, complete with musical tributes, jibes against well-deserved targets and song and dance routines.
2013 Oscars
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What an egalitarian event the 2013 Oscars were. No particular film dominated, with the six main awards going to six different movies, everyone was very gracious to one another and Flotus Michelle Obama announced Best Picture winner Argo. Even 39-year-old host Seth MacFarlane did a surprisingly good job, confounding the many pundits who predicted he’d be awful. His opening spiel wasn’t the traditional gag-fest, featuring instead William Shatner beaming in from afar; a funny musical tribute to boobs; sock puppets; song and dance routines; and some decent jibes against such well-deserved targets as Mel Gibson, Chris Brown and the Kardashians. The slightly boring MacFarlane deserves to be invited back for a second go – although Shatner was on the money when he asked why Tina Fey and Amy Poehler can’t just host every awards show.

  • Musical tributes came from such greats as Shirley Bassey, Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Adele, Barbra Streisand and the cast of Les Miserables, and the use of the Jaws theme tune to hurry along tardy thank-you speeches was inspired. Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum danced, Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon- Levitt sang High Hopes, Kristen Stewart limped on stage with a foot injury to give her usual limp performance, Meryl Streep seemed to have trouble with her underwear as she came on to present best actor to the always lovely Daniel Day-Lewis, Anne Hathaway managed to be humble and not too annoying in her victory speech and Jennifer Lawrence tripped up the stairs on her way to collect her Best Actress trophy, causing a gallant Hugh Jackman to leap out of his seat to help her.



  • Lawrence, Theron and Stewart were three of many who opted for white gowns, as did Amanda Seyfried and Queen Latifah, while Sally Field, Jennifer Aniston, Jacki Weaver and Olivia Munn wore red. Reese Witherspoon, Quvenzhané Wallis, Emmanuelle Riva and Helen Hunt rounded off the patriotic theme in blue. Those who didn’t dress themselves in Stars & Stripes colours favoured metallics, with all sorts of shimmering shades being worn by the likes of Zeta-Jones, Bassey, Renée Zellweger, Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Chastain. Long-time rebel Jane Fonda shook things up a bit, though, strutting out in vibrant canary yellow. For men this year, the key fashion accessory seemed to be facial hair, with beards being sported by Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Paul Rudd, Bryan Cranston, Chris Pine and Jean Dujardin, to name a few.

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