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Argo Wins Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards

Argo Wins Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards

After a 3 and a half hour long telecast the 85th annual Academy Awards aka the Oscars finally wrapped with a special guest announcing what we already knew, Argo is the Best Picture of 2012 as voted for by The Academy.

The Oscars a whole this year had its ups and down like every year, and while host Seth MacFarlane had an above average opening monologue, which high points included a dancing Channing Tatum and dancing/singing Daniel Radcliffe, he failed at keeping the telecast on time.

CHANNING TATUM, SETH MACFARLANE, CHARLIZE THERONThe theme this year was a celebration of music, and celebrate it did with more musical numbers than the past 5 years combined.  This included a tribute to movie musicals but was really just an excuse for the cast of Les Miserables to sing live on stage (but also included Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Hudson), Shirley Bassey singing the theme from “Goldfinger”, Norah Jones performing “Everyone Needs a Best Friend” from Ted, Barbra Streisand sang “The Way We Were” during the In Memoriam section, and Adele bringing down the house with “Skyfall”.  We did find it amusing that the theme from “Jaws” was used to tell award winners their time was up on stage.

As for the who won and who is going home empty handed, it was Argo‘s big night as the film took home the Best Picture award, the win was slightly overshadowed on twitter thanks to the special appearance of First Lady Michelle Obama who announced the win live from the White House.  Ang Lee took home the Best Directing award for “Life of Pi” while Adele got halfway to a G.O.T.E. with her Oscar, all she needs now is a Tony and Emmy award for a full set.

In the Best Acting categories, Christoph Waltz was the wild card winner (and only prediction we got wrong) for Best Supporting Actor inDaniel Day Lewis_Jennifer Lawrence_Oscars 2013 “Django Unchained” while Anne Hathaway continued her clean sweep in the Supporting Actress category for her role in “Les Miserable”.  Daniel Day Lewis became the first actor to ever win three Academy Awards in the same category by winning Best Actor for his role as President Lincoln in “Lincoln” and Jennifer Lawrence also continued her sweep in the Best Actress category for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook”.

You can see all the winners below and be sure to see our picks for Oscars 2013 Best Dressed.  If you missed any of the Oscars telecast or want to watch it again you’re in luck; for the first time ever the full broadcast will be available starting February 25th on ABC’s video player, Hulu, Hulu Plus and ABC On Demand.

Winners of the 85th Annual Academy Awards 

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”

Best Animated Short Film
“Paperman,” John Kahrs

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

 “Brave,” Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

Achievement in Cinematography
“Life of Pi,” Claudio Miranda

Achievement in Visual Effects
“Life of Pi,” Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott

Achievement in Costume Design

 “Anna Karenina,” Jacqueline Durran

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
“Les Miserables,” Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Best Live-Action Short Film
“Curfew,” Shawn Christensen

Best Documentary Short Subject

 “Inocente,” Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Best Documentary Feature
“Searching for Sugar Man,” Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn

Best Foreign-Language Film

 “Amour,” Austria

Achievement in Sound Mixing
“Les Miserables,” Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

Achievement in Sound Editing (tie)
“Skyfall,” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
“Zero Dark Thirty,” Paul N.J. Ottosson

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables”

Achievement in Film Editing

 “Argo,” William Goldenberg

Achievement in Production Design
“Lincoln,” production design: Rick Carter; set decoration: Jim Erickson

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
“Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)
“Skyfall,” from “Skyfall”; music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Adapted Screenplay

“Argo,” screenplay by Chris Terrio

Original Screenplay
“Django Unchained,” written by Quentin Tarantino

Achievement in Directing
“Life of Pi,” Ang Lee

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”

Best Motion Picture
“Argo,” Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, producers

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2 Responses to Argo Wins Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards

  1. [...] The biggest shock of the Oscars wasn’t who won/lost it was the surprise presenter for the Best Picture award.  First Lady of the United State Michelle Obama (introduced by actor and Oscar winner Jack Nicholson) appeared via a live satellite appearance from the Governors’ Dinner to announce that the Ben Affleck directed flick Argo was the big winner of the night. [...]

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