Best and Worst Moments of the 2013 Oscars

Beliefnet's Entertainment expert and Movie Mom blogger Nell Minow counts down the 5 best and 5 worst moments of the 2013 Oscars.

BY: Nell Minow

Best moments of the night:

1. The singers of the 60’s rocked our world all over again. Barbra Streisand followed an exquisite tribute to those the movie industry lost last year with a beautiful rendition of “The Way We Were.” And Dame Shirley Bassey concluded the 50 Years of Bond tribute by showing us how to raise the roof with “Goldfinger.”

2. A satisfying win for “Brave.” It was a great year for animation and all the nominees deserved a prize. But I especially loved Pixar’s first-ever movie with a female lead character and it was a delight to see Mark Andrews (in a kilt) and Brenda Chapman honored for their work in bringing this marvelous story to life with such vibrancy and meaning.

3. Spotlighting the musicals. Bringing back Oscar winners Catherine Zeta Jones and Jennifer Hudson to reprise their show-stopping numbers from “Chicago” and “Dreamgirls” was a terrific lead-in to the performance from the cast of “Les Miserables.”

4. A surprise guest appearance from the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama honored the Best Picture nominees and the way that the best movies inspire us and bring us together.

5. Daniel Day-Lewis set a new record. With his extraordinary performance as Abraham Lincoln, Day-Lewis became the first actor to win three Best Actor Oscars. And his acceptance speech was a model of graciousness and charm.

Continued on page 2: Worst moments of the night »

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