Monday, 25 February 2013

"And the Academy Award goes to…"

Last night saw the 85th Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre (formerly Kodak Theatre) in Los Angeles. A night that most Oscar viewers would consider mixed, but there were a few surprises and a lot of winners that many will have predicted.

Anne Hathaway scooped Best Supporting Actress for her role as Fantine in the epic musical Les Misérables. In one of the few highlights of the evening, Anne was joined by the likes of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried for a rousing live medley of songs from the musical.

Lincoln's Daniel Day-Lewis picked up the Best Actor gong, making Oscars history by winning the best actor prize for a third time. He previously won best actor for My Left Foot (1990) and There Will Be Blood (2008). It's also worth noting that he has starred in just six films over the past fifteen years.

Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role as a young widow in Silver Linings Playbook alongside fellow nominee Bradley Cooper.

Christoph Waltz took home another Best Supporting Actor trophy for his brilliant turn as Dr. King Schultz in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. A film that also saw Tarantino take home the award for Best Original Screenplay.

Michael Haneke was the predictable champ in the Foreign Film category.

More unexpectedly, Ang Lee won Best Director for The Life Of Pi. An award many considered would go to Steven Speilberg for Lincoln.

There was also a rare tie in the Sound Editing Category between Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall.

Brave gave Pixar yet another Oscar win in a year where the Best Animated Feature category was fairly wide open.

Adele struggled through tears to thank the Bond producers and her co-writer Paul Epworth who collected the Oscar for Best Original Song alongside her.

It was also great to see the award for Best Animated Short go to the fabulous Paperman, as feaured on this very blog last month.

Hollywood gave it's top honour to Ben Affleck's Tehran hostage thriller Argo, which took the prize for Best Film, presented by the First Lady Michelle Obama.

Backstage, Affleck described how surreal it was when he heard her say the word 'Argo'.

"I was sort of hallucinating when that was happening," he explained. "In the course of a hallucination it doesn't seem that odd. 'Oh look, a purple elephant. Oh look, Michelle Obama'."

The full list of nominees and winners are below.

Best Picture
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life Of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director
Life Of Pi - Ang Lee
Lincoln - Steven Spielberg
Amour - Michael Haneke
Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell
Beasts Of The Southern Wild - Benh Zeitlin

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Denzel Washington - Flight
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Alan Arkin - Argo
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln

Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Naomi Watts - The Impossible

Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
Amy Adams - The Master
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Sally Field - Lincoln
Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook

Best Animated Film
The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists

Best Adapted Screenplay
Chris Terrio - Argo
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin - Beasts Of The Southern Wild
David Magee - Life Of Pi
Tony Kushner - Lincoln
David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook

Best Original Screenplay
Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Michael Haneke - Amour
Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola - Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal - Zero Dark Thirty
John Gatins - Flight

Life Of Pi - Claudio Miranda
Anna Karenina - Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained - Robert Richardson
Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall - Roger Deakins

Costume Design
Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables - Paco Delgado
Lincoln - Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka
Snow White And The Huntsman - Colleen Atwood

Best Documentary Feature
Searching For Sugar Man
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How To Survive A Plague
The Invisible War

Best Documentary Short
Kings Point
Mondays At Racine
Open Heart

Best Film Editing
Argo - William Goldenberg
Life Of Pi - Tim Squyres
Zero Dark Thirty - Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg
Lincoln - Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers

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

Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Les Misérables - Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell
Hitchcock - Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater

Best Original Score
Life Of Pi - Mychael Danna
Anna Karenina - Dario Marianelli
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Lincoln - John Williams
Skyfall - Thomas Newman

Best Original Song
'Skyfall' from Skyfall
'Before My Time' from Chasing Ice
'Everybody Needs A Best Friend' from Ted
'Pi's Lullaby' from Life Of Pi
'Suddenly' from Les Miserables

Best Production Design
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Life Of Pi

Best Animated Short
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson In "The Longest Daycare"

Best Live Short Film
Buzkashi Boys
Death Of A Shadow

Best Sound Editing
Zero Dark Thirty & Skyfall
Django Unchained
Life Of Pi

Best Sound Mixing
Les Misérables
Life Of Pi

Best Visual Effects
Life Of Pi
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Marvel Avengers Assemble
Snow White And The Huntsman

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