It was a night of laughs, great honors and big surprises at the 85th Academy Awards, with Oscars going to a wide array of strong, worthy films. The most notable winner of the evening, though, was Argo, which took home Best Picture, Best Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay. Life of Pi also earned four statues, Les Misérables three, and Django Unchained, Lincoln and Skyfall two each.
Many of tonight's nominated films and Oscar winning-standouts are either available on Blu-ray or already available for pre-order. The winners and nominees are as follows:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Winner:Life of Pi, Ang Lee
Amour, Michael Haneke
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin
Lincoln, Steven Spielberg
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Winner:Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained, Robert Richardson
Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall, Roger Deakins
Winner:Argo, William Goldenberg
Life of Pi, Tim Squyres
Lincoln, Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook, Jay Cassiday and Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg
Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner:Argo, Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi, David Magee
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell
Best Original Screenplay
Winner:Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Amour, Michael Haneke
Flight, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal
Best Foreign Language Film
A Royal Affair, Denmark
War Witch, Canada
Best Animated Feature Film
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Best Documentary Feature
Winner:Searching for Sugar Man
5 Broken Cameras
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Best Documentary Short Subject
Winner: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 Costume Design
Winner:Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
Les Misérables, Paco Delgado
Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Winner:Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Hitchcock, Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami
Best Production Design
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Best Original Score
Winner:Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Lincoln, John Williams
Skyfall, Thomas Newman
Best Original Song
Winner: "Skyfall" from Skyfall, music and lyric by Adele Adkins and
"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
"Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi, music by Mychael Danna, lyric by Bombay
"Suddenly" from Les Misérables, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyric by
Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
Best Animated Short Film
Winner:Paperman, John Kahrs
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
Best Live Action Short Film
Winner:Curfew, Shawn Christensen
Asad, Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys, Sam French and Ariel Nasr
Death of a Shadow, Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
another year where the academy got it wrong. Argo was good but not really a memorable film. Amour, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Master were head and shoulders above the rest. It's one thing to thrill an audience, it's an entirely different matter to have them come out of the theater with lingering thoughts for weeks.
Brave only won because it's Pixar's first fairy tale and introduced us to a new princess. It's fair to say that it's ridiculous that it won though. Brave better than Frankenweenie, ParaNorman & Wreck it Ralph? I can believe it's better than Pirates! Band of Misfits, and I'm not saying Brave is a bad movie... It just was nowhere near as good as Wreck it Ralph. I also think it wasn't even in the same league as Frankenweenie and ParaNorman but that's probably a personal thing. There's no good reason it should've beaten Wreck it Ralph though.
Given the liberties Argo took with the truth, I was disappointed to see it win Best Adapted Screenplay. Glad to hear that Tarantino won for Original Screenplay, however.
(I'm afraid I didn't watch the broadcast. To say I'm not a fan of Seth Macfarlane would be an understatement…)
Extremely happy for Anne Hathaway & Jennifer Lawrence, both did so great in their roles.
Les Mis was one of the best movies i have ever seen, and i just watched Silver Linings Playbook the other day, didn't think i would like it at first but it was surprisingly great.
Also happy for Tarantino & Ben Affleck, obviously Directing is his strong suit.
Also, as much as Daniel Day Lewis deserved the oscar, i cant help but feel bad for Bradley Cooper who gave an absolutely amazing performance in SLP, as someone who suffers from uncontrollable Bi-Polar it was amazing to see how well he brought it to the screen.
Kinda' sad Roger Deakins still hasn't won an Oscar yet. I thought that silhouette fight in Skyfall was the most amazingly shot sequence I'd ever seen; very artsy, stylish, and graceful, but still with a sense of brute power, grit, and subtle rage. One of these days, Mr. Deakins, you'll get yours...
Not too many sympathy votes this time which is great. Tarantinos win was the best moment of the evening for me and Daniel Day Lewis is the greatest actor of his generation and if he hadn't won for his monumental portrayal in Lincoln it would have been fixed. The Icing on the cake was that Sweden(my homecountry) won for best documentary feature, the excellent Searching for Sugarman by Malik Benjelloul.
Gotta agree with a lot of you here, "Brave" robbed "Ralph" big time. As for the rest Hathaway is the ONLY thing worthwhile in Les Mis but she was not the best of the bunch, Neither was Lawrence, but she is a great gal I give her that. With Neither Affleck or Bigelow in the running I'll take Ang Lee. I do love Quentin but would have preferred Coppola/Anderson for "Moonrise Kingdom" - which I think was THE Best Film of the year and it should have gotten something. D.D.L. ho hum, was not moved by "Lincoln" in the slightest, in fact ole Abe came off as an annoying weirdo IMHO. I'm quite fine for Argo, and of course they were going to give it to that film. It makes Hollywood come off as a Hero!
I enjoyed the show but the Bond Tribute, very lame, and am I the only one who heard all 5 Bonds were going to be onstage?
I noticed when Tarantino won they mentioned that this was his second win in the catagory and said his first was for Pulp Fiction. When Lee won for best director they said it was his second win in the catagory, but did not mention the name of his first Oscar which was fo rthe film Brokeback Mountain....an oversight????
Well deserved award for Tarantino, but he got snubbed a nomination for best director! Really thought Leo should have been nominated for best supporting actor, let's hope he eventually gets the recognition he deserves!
Yeah the liberal love in fest was a real treat to sit through. I like how the visual effects people got cut off when their time ran out but Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck and others got to talk as long as they wanted to. But we got to see Ted and Mark Wahlberg (oh joy) and the cast of The Avengers (oh joy) and tons of other things that ate up too much time but the winners of visual effects didn't get their due. Piss on the Oscars! Friggin popularity contest! George C. Scott was right.
Argo was a good movie, but giving it the Oscar is just self-serving Hollywood bullshit. It starts out saying the CIA messed up in Iran and that we basically deserve to have the embassy stormed, then degenerates into the "white people need to be saved from non-white people" by of all people THE CIA. It was one of the better movies from 2012 but Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln were both better.
Django won for screenplay? Give me a break. Tarantino's dialog is such shit. Nobody talks like that. And the story wasn't any more believable. And a revenge movie to boot. I liked it a lot but Django is an inconsequential fantasy bloodbath. Oh well, at the much worse Moonrise Kingdom didn't win.
One of the better oscar telecasts in many years. I have no problems with any of the winners. Would have liked Cloud Atlas to be nominated for makeup, but oh well. Its totally a popularity contest, but still a fun show in the long run. One issue though. Was it only me that using the "Jaws" theme was somewhat rude to kick people off the stage? The Avengers cast talked FOREVER and never kicked them off the stage. :/
# of Oscars don't mean much. Life of Pi also won more than The Godfather. What matters is which ones you win. I'm sure Argo and WB are happy to have won Picture, Editing, and Adapted Screenplay. The only reason Ang Lee won for Director is because Affleck wasn't on the ballot.
The guy who won for visual effects deserved to get run off the stage. The guy cleaarly was going to keep talking all night. I liked how tjey played the Jaws theme really loud to let him know to wrap it up. Of course that didn't work and they finally had to just cut his mic.
I was very happy that Lincoln didn't dominate the Oscars (without a doubt one of the most over-rated films in years). Much deserved Oscar wins for Jennifer Lawrence, Quentin Tarantino, and Christoph Waltz...was hoping Silver Linings Playbook would win best picture, but Argo winning was not a surprise. The Academy knew they screwed up big time not nominating Affleck with best director so they had to correct it somehow.
Pretty sure Christoph Waltz is in debt to QT for the rest of his natural life. Also, if I'm not mistaken, I think this was also the first time an actor has won any kind of Oscar under Steven Spielberg, who are we kidding though, DDL could win an Oscar in a Michael Bay movie most likely.
You're right nathanp. I believe Day-Lewis is the first actor or actress to win an Academy Award for acting in a Spielberg film. The guy I always thought got snubbed the worst in a Spielberg film was Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's List. He looked and sounded exactly like the real life monster Amon Goeth.
Fack! The thing I hate the most about the Oscars? Not who wins or who gets snubbed, but all of the armchair quarterbacks griping about who should or shouldn't have won. It's a subjective electoral process, nothing more. Who knows what's in the minds of voters when they pick what they do, I'm sure some people take it more seriously than others, but people do the same thing when voting for president. It's an industry event and I'm perfectly happy for people in the industry to make these decisions and I'm not going to take it personally because my fave films didn't win a shiny trinket.
Seth's song and dance number " I saw your boobs" was probably one of the funniest bits I have ever seen on the Oscars. Sorry Charlize......
They should all remenber that they live a lifestyle most of us can't ever afford and a little humor goes a long way.
I agree the Bond collage of clips wasnt much, but what made up for it was seeing and hearing Shirley Bassey belt out the entire song of Goldfinger (not just some lame montage of songs, but the whole thing) and she is 76 years old, and sounds 10x better and more talented than any of the so-called Grammy performers of this year and past... That is an artist, and was the highlight of the show for me. I was hoping to see either TLJ or DeNiro win in supporting actor, but for the most part there were no real surprises.
Chastain did a fine job but her character didn't have the emotional range the Academy looks for. Basically, if you aren't played someone of the opposite gender or a mentally challenged person you have to spend the whole movie crying or yelling to get the Oscar. That and maybe the "I'm the m-fer that found him" thing was a bit too cute.
I liked the Michelle Obama appearance at the end. I think she's the 1st First Lady to do that. Reagan taped an appearance for the show in '81. FDR addressed the Oscars in '41 by radio. I'm pretty sure that's it.
I think it makes the night bigger, grander...so I like it.
"The guy who won for visual effects deserved to get run off the stage. The guy cleaarly was going to keep talking all night."
That guy and everyone at that visual effects company just got fired because the company had to file for bankruptcy. Time for the vfx workers to unionize. They are the backbone of many of these major features now and are treated like dirt.
For me the telecast was one of the worst Oscars ever. The jokes were rude and mean spirited. We had to fast forward through the bits with the host after awhile, it just got too uncomfortable to watch. There is a fine line with comedy; just because you can doesn't mean you should. The host crossed that line all night. Adele was amazing as usual.