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Oscars 2013: The Top Five Best Moments

Christine Bancroft |
February 24, 2013 | 9:54 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

As the most anticipated night in Hollywood draws to a close, we break down the night's events into its most memorable moments, starting off with commendation for the one that didn't quite make the list. 

Daniel Day-Lewis might as well have gotten the Academy Award for Best Acceptance Speech. (Twitter)
Daniel Day-Lewis might as well have gotten the Academy Award for Best Acceptance Speech. (Twitter)

Honorable mention: Daniel Day-Lewis and his speech

Surprising absolutely no one, Daniel Day-Lewis took home the Oscar for Best Actor, but his speech was adorable, funny and just generally amazing. And then he ended it by dedicating the award to his mother. You drink your milkshake, man. You drink it.

5. The quick song-and-dance routines in the intro

Starting from the beginning, Seth MacFarlane's uncomfortable and awkward intro physically made me cringe, and when William Shatner appeared via screen as Captain Kirk, it didn't get better. Curiously foretelling my feelings towards the show's host in general, it began with Shatner informing MacFarlane that he would go down in history as the "worst Oscar host" ever, and saying what was on everyone else's mind, "Why couldn't they just get Tina [Fey] and Amy [Poehler] to host the show? Why can't Tina and Amy host everything?"

It did get better as soon as he stopped talking himself into a hole and began singing Fred Astaire's "The Way You Look Tonight" as Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron showed off their dance backgrounds with a darling routine. And yes, I mean darling. The critique gradually gets better as he brings in Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a song-and-dance number to "High Hopes" by Frank Sinatra. 

READ MORE: Oscars 2013: How Music Dominated A Ceremony About Film

4. All about Bond

Dame Shirley Bassey, dressed all in gold, sings her iconic "Goldfinger" at the Oscars. (Twitter)
Dame Shirley Bassey, dressed all in gold, sings her iconic "Goldfinger" at the Oscars. (Twitter)
We had a tribute to 50 years of James Bond films (be still my beating heart), which was opened by Halle Berry, who played a Bond girl opposite Pierce Brosnan in "Die Another Day". With a compilation of each of the iconic scores and film clips, it ended with Dame Shirley Bassey singing "Goldfinger".

Bassey, who was the original singer for both the "Goldfinger" and "Diamonds Are Forever" themes, was in a gold number that shouted out to the movie she first performed in, "Goldfinger"

Adele performed "Skyfall" from the film, and would later win Best Original Song for the tune, which she co-wrote with Paul Epworth. Not only did she look marvelous in the performance, but the incorporation of the visually stunning opening sequence from "Skyfall" made the performance even better. Although her voice seemed a little drowned out a times, the performance was magnificent. Kudos to you, Adele. Bless you. Bless you. You are just so fabulous. 

Also, fun fact: "Skyfall" is the first James Bond theme to have been nominated for Best Original Song since "For Your Eyes Only" in 1982. 

3. Musicals make the show

Next up in my favorite moments was a tribute to three movie musicals, opened up by "Grease's" Danny Zuko himself, John Travolta. As the theme for the night focused on music in movies, it was a given that there was going to be some nod to musicals, especially with one nominated for a whole slew of awards this year, including Best Picture. 

The tribute began with the stunning Catherine Zeta-Jones' rendition of "All That Jazz" from the musical "Chicago." We then have the lovely Jennifer Hudson singing "You're Gonna Love Me" from "Dreamgirls". And we did. We did love her. 

And then—oh Lord give me strength—the cast of "Les Misérables" took to the stage with a modified version of "One Day More", beginning with the original song written for the film, "Suddenly", with aspects of "I Dreamed a Dream". And goodness me, if I thought the cast was attractive in the film, they are stunning in red carpet attire. Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, you rock those tuxes. I'm going to cry—I don't even care if Russell Crowe had to open his damn mouth and sing like a goat. 

2. Best Picture, Jack Nicholson and…Michelle Obama?

Michelle Obama, in a gorgeous silver dress, introduced and presented the Best Picture award, live from the White House, surrounded by military professionals. She discussed the way films and Hollywood inspire children to be creative and follow their dreams. 

In tandem with Jack Nicholson (in adorable specs and a little red bowtie, nonetheless), she presented the award for Best Picture to "Argo". And then Ben Affleck, in a rather hurried, excited and very tearful speech, thanked Canada. And his wife, Jennifer Garner. And she cried. And he cried. 

He ended his speech by telling his children he loved them and that this award was for them, and he was so choked up that I got a bit teary too.

1. Jennifer Lawrence wins Best Actress

It's okay, J-Law. This only made us love you more. (Twitter)
It's okay, J-Law. This only made us love you more. (Twitter)
Arguably the best moment of the night was Lawrence's win for her portrayal of Tiffany Maxwell in "Silver Linings Playbook". 

Best Actress was presented by Jean Dujardin ("bonsoir!"), winner for last year's Best Actor for "The Artist". Lawrence looked rather confused following the clip of her performance, and Quvenzhané Wallis flexed her arms in response to her own nod, just like her character did in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (while she may not have won, she's still "the man"). After her name was called as winner, Lawrence, who fell up the stairs on the way to collect the award, received a standing ovation and was offered a hand from Hugh Jackman. She seemed so stunned that she was in tears, but still managed to thank Emmanuelle Riva for her 86th birthday. 

In spite of her tumble, Lawrence just seemed so genuine and effusive in her thanks. And even though we all had a feeling it would happen (she was definitely the viewer favorite), it was a pleasure to see her win for her magnificent performance in "Playbook". In fact, her tumble may have just made us love her more. You may have had a fall tonight, but the whole world fell for you long ago.

While the night may have gone more or less as planned, with relatively unsurprising big winners and relatively safe fashions, not everything about the night was predictable (even MacFarlane got better as the night went on, mostly because he had fewer opportunities to speak, which is a blessing). What were your favorite moments of the night? 

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