Babs, Musicals And The Gay Men’s Chorus: The 2013 Oscars

oscars-gay-2013Here you thought the Oscars were less gay this year. And while it’s true that no awards went to any LGBT films or roles, the Academy made up for it with a splashy telecast dipped in glitter and showtunes.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles gave host Seth MacFarlane a dozen or so helping hands when they opened the show with an ode to cinematic cleavage, “We Saw Your Boobs.” The musical interludes, however slightly classier, didn’t stop there.

Magic Mike‘s Channing Tatum kept his clothes on and his crotch gyrations to a minimum with a surprisingly balletic Charlize Theron as MacFarlane sang “The Way You Look Tonight.” The host was then joined by pint-sized heartthrobs Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe for a little soft shoe to “High Hopes.”

MacFarlane wrapped up the opener with “Be Our Guest” featuring some dancing dudes in dapper duds and twirling girls in golden gowns. They had nothing on Dame Shirley Bassey, however, who belted out “Goldfinger” in a clingy gold gown that showed off her 76-year-old curves.

Fellow grand dame Barbra Streisand brought the In Memoriam to a heartfet conclusion with a tribute to her friend, the late Marvin Hamlisch. Babs sang his Oscar-winning tune, “The Way We Were,” ad-libbing in true Streisand fashion, “If we had the chance would we do it all again, would we? — of course we would.”

Everyone’s favorite plucky gal Jennifer Lawrence introduced everyone’s favorite British import, Adele, who after performing “Skyfall” took home the Oscar for Best Original Song. Sadly, Taylor Swift was nowhere to be seen.

And then we have noted heterosexual John Travolta.

The Hairspray star announced the tribute to movie musicals, which started with Catherine Zeta-Jones proving she still had those gams and could still belt out “All That Jazz”; Jennifer Hudson nearly stole Anne Hathaway’s Best Supporting Actress trophy while bringing the audience to their feet with “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going”; and the cast of Les Misérables stormed the stage for “One More Day.”

With all the musical numbers, one might have mistaken the 85th Academy Awards for the 55th Grammy Awards, or considering how stagey everything was, the 66th Tony Awards. But the Oscars managed to “outgay” both of them and that’s called the magic of movies, kids.

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Picture

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director
Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Best Original Screenplay
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo, Chris Terrio

Best Original Song
“Skyfall” from Skyfall, music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Best Original Score
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna

Best Production Design
Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Best Film Editing
Argo, William Goldenberg

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Best Sound Editing
Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour, Austria

Best Documentary Feature
Searching for Sugar Man

Best Documentary Short

Best Live Action Short

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Animated Short

Best Animated Feature

Best Cinematography
Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda

Best Visual Effects
Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliot

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

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  • ncman

    Was it live or lip-syncing for Zeta-Jones?

  • QJ201

    Bassey: That’s how it’s done bitches!

  • MikeE

    “Sang”, dear, the past tense of “to sing” is “sang”.

    “Babs SANG his Oscar-winning tune…”

  • Red Meat

    Jennifer Hudson is such a horrible singer, screeching 80% of the time.

  • gppm1103

    @MikeE: Thanks. Writing an article needs to be written properly.
    Huff Post does it now and then.

  • Mofdgheb

    Seth MacFarlane was brilliant.

  • mpwaite

    Katherine Zeta Jones? It WASN’T live honey; so it had to be MEMMOREX.

  • man5996853

    At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter much, BUT the song is “ONE DAY MORE”, not “ONE MORE DAY”.

  • Mike

    I second you No. 6, Seth WAS brilliant!!

  • Kilgore

    You omitted Sound Effects Editing. It was a tie: Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty.

  • missedgle

    @QJ201: Amen!!!! she’s the love love her

  • Pete

    While he’s catching a lot of flack for some of his outre remarks, Seth McFarlane is something of a show tunes queen! “High Hopes”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, and the “Shipoopi” sequence on “Family Guy”.

  • blkluvla

    @MikeE: I see they’ve corrected it, but why or why do people keep making that mistake? The verb is sing, sang, and sung. The same with “sink.” I sink today, I sank yesterday, and I have sunk many times before. Oh, and “stink.” Need I go on? I think not.

  • blkluvla

    @QJ201: Yes SIR! I adore that woman, have done since I was a child

  • blkluvla

    @QJ201: LOL, I love it!

  • blkluvla

    Hey Queerty – how about a pic of the Dame! Whatsup with that?

  • blkluvla

    @Red Meat: I’m not sure why it had to be so over the top. She CAN sing, so the decibels could have been easily toned down

  • Sebizzar

    I don’t watch the Oscars every year but I’m glad I did this year!

    Other best moments: Jennifer Lawrence falling (lol gotta love her), the guy being cut off by the Jaws music (died laughing) and of course just seeing the sexy Hugh Jackman ;D

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