The Oscars: “Argo” Best Picture; “Life of Pi” Wins 4

Posted by Eugene Hernandez on 2.24.2013


Ben Affleck (center) with Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Alexandre Desplat, Ben Affleck, Grant Heslov, and George Clooney. Photo by Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

It was Oscar night in Hollywood this evening as the 85th Academy Awards were presented at the Dolby Theater. Life of Pi was a big winner, receiving four Academy Awards, including the gold statue for Best Director. However, it was Argo that won Best Picture and two other Oscars (Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing).

Ben Affleck, the director of Argo, reflected on the ten years since he won an Oscar for writing Good Will Hunting

"I had no idea what I was doing, I was really just a kid, I went out and I never thought that I would be back here," Affleck said during an emotional speech. "You have to work harder than you think you possibly can. You can't hold grudges. It doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life, because that's gonna happen. All that matters is that you get back up."

The recipient of an extended standing ovation from his peers tonight, Best Director winner Ang Lee thanked the movie gods. He also saluted his countrymen in Taiwan where he shot Life of Pi, the Opening Night film at last year's 50th New York Film Festival.

"It's great to have your support," Ang Lee said before offering heartfelt words to his wife. The directing Oscar was Lee's second; he last won the award for the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain

Michael Haneke was hardly a surprise winner tonight, honored with the award for Best Foreign Film. His Amour, winner of the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival, received the top international prize from the Academy. Michael Haneke thanked his wife, "the center of his life," and also singled out actors Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant for their performances in the acclaimed Austrian movie.

Daniel Day Lewis, the Best Actor Oscar winner for Lincoln, praised what he said was a significant share of good luck. He also singled out his wife, Rebecca Miller. Concluding his speech, Day Lewis held up his trophy and said simply, "for my mother."

"This is nuts," laughed Jennifer Lawrence, accepting the Best Actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook tonight. She tripped on her way up the stairs to accept the honor on stage and the audience stood to offer a supportive ovation as she smiled broadly.

Quentin Tarantino, accepting the Original Screenplay prize for Django Unchained, touted his own choice of actors for the film and praised their work in its roles. He also saluted the other screenwriters honored this year. "The writing is just fantastic," Tarantino gushed. "This will be the writer's year, man!"

What do you think of the honorees this year? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section below!

Tonight's winners are bolded below.

Best Picture
"Amour" Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz, Producers
"Argo" Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
"Django Unchained" Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
"Les Misérables" Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
"Life of Pi" Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
"Lincoln" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
"Silver Linings Playbook" Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
"Zero Dark Thirty" Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers

Achievement in Directing
"Amour" Michael Haneke
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" Benh Zeitlin
"Life of Pi" Ang Lee
"Lincoln" Steven Spielberg
"Silver Linings Playbook" David O. Russell

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"
Hugh Jackman in "Les Misérables"
Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master"
Denzel Washington in "Flight"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour"
Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Naomi Watts in "The Impossible"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin in "Argo"
Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook"
Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones in "Lincoln"
Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in "The Master"
Sally Field in "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables"
Helen Hunt in "The Sessions"
Jacki Weaver in "Silver Linings Playbook"

Adapted Screenplay
"Argo" Screenplay by Chris Terrio
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
"Life of Pi" Screenplay by David Magee
"Lincoln" Screenplay by Tony Kushner
"Silver Linings Playbook" Screenplay by David O. Russell

Original Screenplay
"Amour" Written by Michael Haneke
"Django Unchained" Written by Quentin Tarantino
"Flight" Written by John Gatins
"Moonrise Kingdom" Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
"Zero Dark Thirty" Written by Mark Boal

Best Foreign Language Film
"Amour" Austria
"Kon-Tiki" Norway
"No" Chile
"A Royal Affair" Denmark
"War Witch" Canada

Best Documentary Feature
"5 Broken Cameras", Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
"The Gatekeepers", Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky and Estelle Fialon
"How to Survive a Plague", David France and Howard Gertler
"The Invisible War", Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
"Searching for Sugar Man", Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn

Best Animated Feature Film
"Brave" Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
"Frankenweenie" Tim Burton
"ParaNorman" Sam Fell and Chris Butler
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" Peter Lord
"Wreck-It Ralph" Rich Moore

Achievement in Cinematography
"Anna Karenina" Seamus McGarvey
"Django Unchained" Robert Richardson
"Life of Pi" Claudio Miranda
"Lincoln" Janusz Kaminski
"Skyfall" Roger Deakins

Achievement in Film Editing
"Argo" William Goldenberg
"Life of Pi" Tim Squyres
"Lincoln" Michael Kahn
"Silver Linings Playbook" Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
"Zero Dark Thirty" Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Achievement in Production Design
"Anna Karenina", Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
"Les Misérables", Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
"Life of Pi", Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
"Lincoln", Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Original Score
"Anna Karenina" Dario Marianelli
"Argo" Alexandre Desplat
"Life of Pi" Mychael Danna
"Lincoln" John Williams
"Skyfall" Thomas Newman

Original Song
"Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice", Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
"Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from "Ted", Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
"Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi", Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
"Skyfall" from "Skyfall", Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
"Suddenly" from "Les Misérables", Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Achievement in Costume Design
"Anna Karenina" Jacqueline Durran
"Les Misérables" Paco Delgado
"Lincoln" Joanna Johnston
"Mirror Mirror" Eiko Ishioka
"Snow White and the Huntsman" Colleen Atwood

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
"Hitchcock", Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
"Les Misérables", Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Achievement in Sound Editing
"Argo" Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
"Django Unchained" Wylie Stateman
"Life of Pi" Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
"Skyfall" Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers (tie)
"Zero Dark Thirty" Paul N.J. Ottosson (tie)

Achievement in Sound Mixing
"Argo", John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
"Les Misérables", Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
"Life of Pi", Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
"Lincoln", Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
"Skyfall", Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in Visual Effects
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
"Life of Pi", Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
"Marvel's The Avengers", Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
"Prometheus", Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
"Snow White and the Huntsman", Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

Best Live Action Short Film
"Asad" Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
"Buzkashi Boys" Sam French and Ariel Nasr
"Curfew" Shawn Christensen
"Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)" Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
"Henry" Yan England

Best Documentary Short Subject
"Inocente", Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
"Kings Point", Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
"Mondays at Racine", Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
"Open Heart", Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
"Redemption", Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill

Best Animated Short Film
"Adam and Dog" Minkyu Lee
"Fresh Guacamole" PES
"Head over Heels" Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
"Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare" David Silverman
"Paperman" John Kahrs

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