Quvenzhané Wallis (at age 9) and Emmanuelle Riva (at age 85) became the youngest and oldest nominees, respectively, for Best Actress. This is also the only time either record-holder has competed against each other for the same award. Both lost to Jennifer Lawrence (age 22), who became the second-youngest winner since Marlee Matlin in 1987. Matlin was 21 years old, at the time. See more »
Himself - Winner: Best Live Action Short Film:
Wow. A big thank you to the Academy for supporting short films. This has been wonderful, and I only have T-minus two seconds to do this so I'm just gonna go for it. My producer in crime, Damon Russell. I love you, man. We would not be here without you, brother. My co-star, twelve-year-old co-star, Fatima Ptacek. Your performance was so incredible. Nobody even remembers I'm in the film because of you. You are incredible. Mara Kassin, Andrew Napier, thank you so much. The incredible ...
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Why has it gotten to the point where I rarely see any nominees?
OK, of all nominees, I had only seen "The Master", "Frankenweenie", "Lincoln" and "Django Unchained". I'm glad that the latter two won what they did, while I thought that the former two got robbed.
That said, I liked Seth MacFarlane's performance. Yes, his song about actresses' boobs was strange, but it was still kinda funny (although he forgot to mention Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine" and Susan Sarandon in "Joe"). As for his comment that Daniel Radcliffe and Kristen Stewart collectively play everything that the Christian right says is wrong with Hollywood, I think that it would have been more accurate if one of them had played a LGBT character (and does anyone know why Kristen Stewart was limping?). Probably the highlight of the ceremony was Shirley Bassey singing "Goldfinger" (although I think that Ursula Andress should have introduced her).
Last year, the wins by the French-made "Artist" and the France-themed "Hugo" must have really angered the right wing; this year, the cast of "Les Miserables" (which seems to represent all of France) singing one of the songs must have done so equally.
As for the In Memoriam sequence, I guess that Andy Griffith and Larry Hagman didn't appear since they're more known for their TV work.
Anyway, good show.
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