By Shannon Luster |Staff Writer|
The Oscars celebrated the best films of the year on ABC on Feb. 24 in an entertaining event that included singing, dancing, and more.
Host Seth MacFarlane, writer and creator of “Family Guy” and other shows, opened the Oscars with a joke about his quest to make actor Tommy Lee Jones smile.
The show opened with a fast-paced montage of clips from Bond films, speeding cars, beautiful women, handsome Bonds, and explosions complete with music, celebrating 50 years of Bond films.
First lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance with actor Jack Nicholson as he announced the coveted Best Picture “Argo,” directed by Ben Affleck.
Daniel Day-Lewis was awarded the Oscar for Best Leading Actor with his convincing portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”
Jennifer Lawrence’s strong performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” earned her the Oscar for Best Leading Actress.
Ang Lee, director of “Life of Pi,” won the Oscar for Best Director.
Spectacular musical performances were interspersed throughout the awards ceremony.
Barbra Streisand made a comeback after more than 30 years and performed the song, “The Way We Were,” a stirring tribute to the actors, actresses, and others who died this past year.
Actors Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, and others of “Les Miserables” performed a medley of powerful songs, including Oscar nominated song, “Suddenly.”
Their performance incited a standing ovation from the audience.
Adele performed “Skyfall,” featured on the latest, wildly popular James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” and later won the Oscar for best original song.
MacFarlane and singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth performed a humorous song, “Here’s to the Losers,” about the movies that didn’t win, ending the Oscars on a comedic high.