Posted in movies | music on February 25, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Adele

The 85th Academy Awards happened last night (and a little bit into today) with Argo nabbing three Oscars, including Best Picture. Adele and her producer/songwriting partner Paul Epworth accepted the Best Original Song Oscar for "Skyfall" right after the singer performed the song onstage. Kind of weird to see Epworth, who 10 years ago fronted highly-politicized postpunk band Lomax, onstage in a tux. The other music-related award went to Rodriguez documentary Searching for Sugarman. Too bad the couldn't have gotten him to perform as well. He'll be performing in NYC in April for two shows -- both of which are sold out.

In other news, Best Live Action Short went to Curfew which was written and directed by its star, Shawn Christensen, who some of you may remember as frontman of early-'00s band stellastarr* (who haven't officially broken up but are on indefinite hiatus).

There were plenty of other musical performances, though, as last night's ceremony was a themed celebration of "music in films" and featured more singing and dancing than we've gotten in a few years. The highlight for me was certainly the tribute to Bond themes, culminating in Shirley Bassey belting out "Goldfinger" and showing she's still got an amazing set of pipes at age 76. If you missed the very long telecast (over four hours) hosted by Seth McFarlane, the whole thing is streaming at Hulu.

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Comments (19)

Adele is only overwhelmingly popular because she's fat and unattractive. Women aren't threatened by her, as opposed to someone like Katy Perry, who has unparalleled boobage and dates hot Hollywood guys. Bitches be jealous!

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 10:21 AM

Adele is the most overrated singer/artist since NMH, Ainimal Collective and GBV!

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 10:25 AM

i saw sugarman. they build him up as a great unknown musician, but the music sucked. he was no bob dylan.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 10:26 AM

I like Rodriguez, but sugarman is just an average documentary.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 10:30 AM

So much Adele hate from jealous bitches. The woman is crazy talented and makes it look effortless. If you are hating on her, you have obviously never performed professionally in your life (so STFU Edith, heh?)

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 10:34 AM

10:25a FTW

Also 10:30a - agree avg movie, people loved the story

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 11:28 AM

Rodriguez made an average singer-songwriter album at a time when there were exceptional singer-songwriter albums coming out.

Also, that documentary is dishonest. The dude had a following and toured in Australia and New Zealand. The editing is also misleading.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 11:51 AM

You did forget to mention that Shawn Christensen of stellastarr* won an Oscar for his Live Action Short, Curfew.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 11:54 AM

"The editing is also misleading."

Add to that the other Oscar winners Bowling For Columbine, An Inconvenient Truth, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, etc., etc., etc.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 12:33 PM

Adele's not bad. Best Song selections are never good. They had to write a new song for Les Miserable to be included, but it is nowhere near as good as the original songs.

Rodriguez has some good songs and a great voice. Even if the editing was accurate, the movie was not Oscar-winning caliber.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 12:37 PM

I have hummusfinger

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 12:49 PM

when i fart my gas smells like hummus

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 1:13 PM

adele needs to cut out the cheeseburgers...horrible awards show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 1:23 PM

^ agree, Adele's cheeseburgers were the reason for for the bad awards show

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 1:46 PM

every second of music should have been cut from last nights broadcast to make the fucking thing remotely watchable.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 1:47 PM

Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln aren't documentaries.

Posted by Anonymous | February 25, 2013 1:57 PM

adele looked like a drag queen at the oscars

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2013 12:19 AM

arbitrary really strange landlord

Posted by chowdercape | February 26, 2013 2:28 AM

Adele's next album will be charmingly titled "Too Big To Fail".

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2013 8:53 AM

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