If there was ever a huge fan of the Oscars, I am definitely one. Every year I mentally prepare myself to camp out on the couch in front of the TV for five hours, from the beginning of the red carpet to the last acceptance speech.
This year, of course, was no different.
The dresses worn on the red carpet this year for the 85th annual Academy Awards, which aired on Feb. 24, were absolutely amazing. Jennifer Lawrence was voted best dressed by viewers Tweeting their favorites to Channel 4, with her long, flowing, ruffly pink gown. But my personal favorite was Reese Witherspoon's outfit, mostly because of its navy blue color, and the black bow that wrapped around the top of the gown.
As for host Seth MacFarlane, he wasn't my absolute favorite person I've seen host the Oscars. While I will admit he has an amazing singing voice and his sock-puppet reenactment of "Flight" was hilarious, some of his other jokes just weren't funny. On a few of them, it sounded as if he were trying a little too hard to make everyone laugh. Plus the whole scene with Captain Kirk from "Star Trek" visiting us from the future was just weird.
But MacFarlane earned some extra points in my book for doing a musical number to the song "High Hopes" with Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, because I adore them both.
My favorite acceptance speech was by the winners of the Best Documentary Short, "Inocente," which was about a homeless girl who wants to become an artist. Sean and Andrea Fine, the creators, reminded us of the importance of having dreams, after they had finished thanking everyone. I really liked it because they managed to include a last thought and message with winning their award.
Adele's acceptance speech for winning Best Original Song for "Skyfall" was priceless, of course. Her last words were, "And of course I have to thank my man. Love you baby!" which made me laugh out loud, mostly because it was said in a British accent.
I was extremely excited about "Paperman" winning Best Animated Short, because it's the cutest short film I have ever watched. I was also very happy to see Anne Hathaway win Best Supporting Actress. She was absolutely amazing in "Les Miserables," and she deserved the award, especially after cutting her hair for it, which I would not have been able to do.
The funniest moment in the Oscars program was when the orchestra played "Jaws" as the cue for an award winner to wrap up his acceptance speech. I've never heard it done before, and I thought it was a very good way of hinting that it was time to hurry up and finish.
And, sad though it may be, Jennifer Lawrence played off her tripping up the stairs on the way to get her Best Actress award for "Silver Linings Playbook" very well, making everyone laugh, as usual.
All in all I was satisfied with how the Oscars turned out this year. Like I said, Seth MacFarlane wasn't my favorite, which made these Oscars lose some points in my book. However, with all of the musical numbers, such as "Be Our Guest" at the very beginning of the show and then having the cast of "Les Miserables" perform after a number from "Chicago" -- to show music through the decades -- the program turned out to be very enjoyable, and I loved watching it.
Olivia Andrus is a sophomore at Ogden High School. She enjoys traveling, playing the piano and king-sized Kit-Kats. Email her at email@example.com.