Scott Harris February 24, 2013
The 85th annual Academy Awards were held earlier this evening and “Argo” won Best Picture. The award was accepted by producers Grant Heslov, George Clooney and Ben Affleck, who was famously snubbed in the Best Director category.
Heslov was anything but subtle in pointing out the oversight, making a special point to thank Affleck for being a “great director” before turning over the mic.
“I want to thank my wife, who I don’t normally associate with Iran,” Affleck said in a charming acceptance speech, also thanking everyone up to and including the entire nation of Canada.
Ang Lee, for what it’s worth, won Best Director for “Life of Pi.” It was the fourth win for the film on the evening, follwing Oscars for Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score.
In the acting categories, Daniel Day-Lewis received his expected coronation as the greatest actor in Academy history, becoming the first man to ever win three Best Actor Oscars, this time for “Lincoln.”
He was joined in the spotlight by Jennifer Lawrence, who won Best Actress for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Surprisingly, she was so gobsmacked she wasn’t even able to provide a juicy soundbite in her speech.
Earlier, to nobody’s surprise, Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Les Miserables.” And Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for his role as a bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s slavery epic “Django Unchained,” which also earned Tarantino an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
“This will be the writers’ year, man,” Tarantino said, lauding his comeptition.
There was at least one big surprise at the show, as there was actually a rare tie, with “Zero Dark Thirty” sharing the award for Best Sound Editing with “Skyfall.” They say that ties are like kissing your sister — something that has, in fact, also happened at the Oscars before (sorry, Angelina Jolie).
And in other action, “Amour” took home the award for Best Foreign Language Film, while in the Best Documentary Feature category, the Academy actually honored the prohibitive favorite for perhaps the first time in Oscar history, giving the award to “Searching to Sugar Man.” And Pixar’s “Brave” was the surprise winner in the Best Animated Feature category, beating out Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph.”
The show, which was built around the theme of music in cinema, included a number of song and dance numbers, including a live performance by Adele, who later went on to win the Oscar for Best original Song for the theme to “Skyfall.”
Before that rousing moment, though, host Seth MacFarlane kicked off the show with one of the strangest opening sequences in Oscar history, which is really saying something. But there’s no other way to describe a 20 minute monologue that included dancing by Daniel Radcliffe, a surprise appearance by William Shatner as Captain Kirk, a sock-puppet skit and MacFarlane making out with Sally Field while wearing a nun outfit.
Here’s a complete list of all the winners:
Best Picture: “Argo”
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Best Director: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Best Adapated Screenplay: Chris Terrio, “Argo”
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Amour”
Best Animated Feature Film: “Brave”
Best Animated Short: “Paper Man”
Best Visual Effects: “Life of Pi”
Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, “Anna Karenina”
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Julie Westcott and Julie Dartnell, “Les Miserables”
Best Live Action Short: “Curfew”
Best Documentary Short: “Inocente”
Best Documentary Feature: “Searching For Sugar Man”
Best Sound Mixing: “Les Miserables”
Best Sound Editing: “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall”
Best Film Editing: William Goldenberg, “Argo”
Best Production Design: “Lincoln”
Best Original Score: Mychael Danna,”Life of Pi”
Best Original Song: Adele, “Skyfall”
Categories: AwardsTags: 2013 Academy Awards, 2013 Oscars, Oscars