The Cinephile: Did the Oscars Play it Safe This Year?

By Katie Kilkenny, The Dartmouth Staff | 2/27/13 5:30am

With much of the post-Oscars attention focused on a ceremony some called banal (the choice of Seth MacFarlane as host really upped expectations of provocation), the real question remains —how safe were the Academy Awards choices this year? Yeah, Argo won Best Picture, Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress, Amour for Best Foreign Language Film and Paperman for Best Short Film, Animated, as everyone predicted (that last one maybe only for film nerds).

But that doesn’t mean the choices weren’t controversial. In fact, this was probably the most exciting year for debate about the actual accolades in recent history. Here’s a look at some other potentially scandalous wins — and why or why not they should be questioned.

Best Picture: Argo

Argo a retrograde ‘white Americans in peril’ storyline an advertisement for the CIA

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Django The Root Django doesn't seem to be told from Django's perspective

Best Original Score: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

Skyfall The Dark Knight

Best Short Film, Live Action: Shawn Christensen, Curfew

Curfew Death of a Shadow Matthias Schoenaerts

Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Pulp Fiction Django

Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo

as exposed by Slate this October

Katie Kilkenny, The Dartmouth Staff