The Academy Awards and Ben Affleck’s ARGO took home the top prize. The film won for Best Picture, Best Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Taking the stage, Affleck reflected upon his life in Hollywood. He said that when he was on stage accepting an award for GOOD WILL HUNTING, he never thought he’d be back. He credits the generosity and community of Hollywood for not giving up on him. “What I learned was it doesn’t matter if you get knocked down in life, what matters is that you’ve got to get back up,” Affleck said.
Affleck was conspicuously snubbed in the Best Director category, failing to earn a nomination (The Academy also drew criticism for overlooking Kathryn Bigelow for ZERO DARK THIRTY). Host Seth MacFarlane joked about the faux pax at the beginning of the show. Regarding ARGO’s story of a top secret rescue mission, MacFarlane quipped, “The story was so top secret that the film’s director is unknown to the Academy.” He added, “They know they screwed up, Ben” and then impersonating Robin Williams from GOOD WILL HUNTING said, “It’s not your fault.”
ARGO may have only snatched three awards, but in a refreshing change of pace, many of the Best Picture nominees got to take home Oscars in other categories.
LIFE OF PI actually picked up more awards. This includes Ang Lee for Best Director, winning in a category that could have gone to anyone but was narrowly favored for Steven Speilberg. LIFE OF PI also won awards for Best Original Score (Mychael Danna), Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography (Claudio Miranda).
Daniel Day-Lewis won for his performance in LINCOLN, becoming the first actor to win three Oscars in the Best Actor category. Jennifer Lawrence, who took a nasty spill on the way to the podium, earned a Best Actress Oscar for her work in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. This makes for a great weekend, since she also won the Independent Spirit Award the night before.
In the first award of the evening, Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for DJANGO UNCHAINED. Quentin Tarantino also won the award for Best Original Screenplay for the western, which was Austin’s favorite film of 2012. Best Supporting Actress went to Anne Hathaway for LES MISERABLES. Looking at her award, Hathaway said, “It came true,” with tears in her eyes. It was one of three awards for the musical, which also won for Best Sound Mixing and Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Here is the complete rundown of winners at the 2013 Academy Awards:
BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR: ARGO (Producers: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Daniel Day-Lewis – LINCOLN
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Jennifer Lawrence – SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Christoph Waltz – DJANGO UNCHAINED
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Anne Hathaway – LES MISERABLES
BEST DIRECTOR: Ang Lee – LIFE OF PI
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Quentin Tarantino – DJANGO UNCHAINED
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Chris Terrio – ARGO
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: “Skyfall” – SKYFALL (Adele, Paul Epworth)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Mychael Danna – LIFE OF PI
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: AMOUR (Austria)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: LINCOLN (Rick Carter, Jim Erickson)
BEST EDITING: ARGO (William Goldenberg)
BEST SOUND EDITING: SKYFALL (Per Hallberg, Karen M. Baker and Zero Dark Thirty (2012) – Paul N.J. Ottosson)
BEST SOUND MIXING: LES MISERABLES (Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes)
BEST DOCUMENTARY, FEATURE: SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn)
BEST DOCUMENTARY, SHORT SUBJECT: INOCENTE (Sean Fine, Andrea Nix)
BEST SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION: CURFEW (Shawn Christensen)
BEST SHORT FILM, ANIMATED: PAPERMAN (John Kahrs)
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: BRAVE (Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman)
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING: LES MISERABLES (Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell)
BEST COSTUME DESGIN: ANNA KARENINA (Jacqueline Durran)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: LIFE OF PI (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: LIFE OF PI (Claudio Miranda)