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The Academy Awards 2013 – All the Oscar Winners

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Last night’s Oscars were pretty damn good, in terms of spreading the awards love around, although I wasn’t too impressed with Seth MacFarlene’s hosting abilities. Jokes ranged from snappy to slow, lame to offensive but never quite leaving the impact previous hosts have had. His opening monologue involved a laborious star trek  themed skit with William Shatner, who let’s face it nobody wants to see. At one point he weirdly states how everyone probably would’ve preferred Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who did a superb job at the Golden Globes…well now that you mention it Seth, doesn’t sound like a bad idea! Overall, Seth MacFarlene was a bit of a lame duck host, neither here nor there. Nothing memorable.

In terms of awards, it turned out to be quite an even spread for all the films involved…well except for Beasts of the Southern Wild, which won nothing. And deservedly so. That film should never have been nominated, and if you want to know why, see my review here.  Overall there was no clear front-runner sweeping the awards, which I preferred.

But my most enjoyable win for the night went to Best Documentary winner Searching for Sugar Man, to creator Malik Bendjelloul, who I predicted would win way back in July 2012! Having grown up in South Africa and knowing about the legendary story, it was nice to see the rest of the world enjoy it too.

Speaking of which, here are the winner totals for the night (Excluding short films):

  1. Life of Pi (4 Oscars)
  2. Argo (3 Oscars)
  3. Les Miserables (3 Oscars)
  4. Lincoln (2 Oscars)
  5. Skyfall (2 Oscars)
  6. Django Unchained (2 Oscars)
  7. Brave (1 Oscar)
  8. Silver Linings Playbook (1 Oscar)
  9. Zero Dark Thirty (1 Oscar)
  10. Amour (1 Oscar)
  11. Searching for Sugar Man (1 Oscar)
  12. Anna Karenina (1 Oscar)

Ben Affleck’s awkward Best Director snub was compensated for a win in the Best Picture category and deservedly so, considering every other awards body (Bafta, Directors Guild, etc) gave him Best Director. Making that Ben Affleck’s second Oscar. One for writing Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon and second as the Producer of Argo, which is odd considering most people know him for his acting. Speaking of multiple Oscar wins…Daniel Day-Lewis effectively became the “GREATEST ACTOR EVAR!”, when he won his third Best Actor Oscar for Lincoln. Nobody has come close to achieving that and probably never will.

The only minor upset for the night was Ang Lee winning Best Director over the front-runner Steven Spielberg. But I was pleased with this as Life of Pi was probably the most beautifully shot 3D film since Avatar and you also need to consider Lee’s diverse body of work before this, which didn’t win, due to the semi-risky pick in Brokeback Mountain, where he should’ve won.

Jennifer Lawrence was the front-runner for quite some time in the Leading Actress category, until Emmanuel Riva won the Bafta award. To make things worse it turned out to be Riva’s 86th birthday on the night of the Oscars, which promoted some to speculate the academy may award the Oscar to Riva in a sympathetic-nostalgic light, leaving Lawrence to fight out for one in the future. But in the end, Jennifer Lawrence was awarded Best Actress and on her way to the podium, tripped up on the stairs and let out a huge “Fuck!”. But never mind, she gave a humble thank you speech and managed to get off stage without tripping again.

Below is a list of all the winners.

Best Picture

  1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  2. Silver Linings Playbook
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Lincoln
  5. Les Misérables
  6. Life of Pi
  7. Amour
  8. Django Unchained
  9. Argo

Best Actor

  1. Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
  2. Denzel Washington (Flight)
  3. Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
  4. Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
  5. Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)

Best Actress

  1. Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
  2. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
  3. Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
  4. Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
  5. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
  2. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
  3. Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
  4. Alan Arkin (Argo)
  5. Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Sally Field (Lincoln)
  2. Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
  3. Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
  4. Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
  5. Amy Adams (The Master)

Best Director

  1. David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
  2. Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
  3. Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
  4. Michael Haneke (Amour)
  5. Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  1. Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  2. Chris Terrio (Argo)
  3. Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
  4. David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
  5. David Magee (Life of Pi)

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

  1. John Gatins (Flight)
  2. Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
  3. Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
  4. Michael Haneke (Amour)
  5. Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. Frankenweenie
  2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  3. Wreck-It Ralph
  4. ParaNorman
  5. Brave

Best Documentary (Feature)

  1. 5 Broken Cameras
  2. The Gatekeepers
  3. How to Survive a Plague
  4. The Invisible War
  5. Searching for Sugar Man

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. Amour
  2. No
  3. War Witch
  4. A Royal Affair
  5. Kon-Tiki

Best Cinematography

  1. Anna Karenina (Seamus McGarvey)
  2. Django Unchained (Robert Richardson)
  3. Life of Pi (Claudio Miranda)
  4. Lincoln (Janusz Kaminski)
  5. Skyfall (Roger Deakins)

Best Film Editing

  1. Argo
  2. Life of Pi
  3. Lincoln
  4. Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Zero Dark Thirty

Best Music (Original Score)

  1. Dario Marianelli (Anna Karenina)
  2. Alexandre Desplat (Argo)
  3. Mychael Danna (Life of Pi)
  4. John Williams (Lincoln)
  5. Thomas Newman (Skyfall)

Best Music (Original Song)

  1. “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
  2. “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
  3. “Suddenly” from Les Misérables
  4. “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted
  5. “Skyfall” from Skyfall

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Argo
  2. Les Misérables
  3. Life of Pi
  4. Lincoln
  5. Skyfall

Best Sound Editing

  1. Argo
  2. Django Unchained
  3. Life of Pi
  4. Skyfall (*Tied)
  5. Zero Dark Thirty (*Tied)

Best Production Design

  1. Anna Karenina
  2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  3. Les Misérables
  4. Life of Pi
  5. Lincoln

Best Visual Effects

  1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  2. Life of Pi
  3. Marvel’s The Avengers
  4. Prometheus
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Costumes

  1. Anna Karenina
  2. Les Misérables
  3. Lincoln
  4. Mirror Mirror
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  1. Hitchcock
  2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  3. Les Misérables

Best Documentary Short Subject

  1. Inocente
  2. Kings Point
  3. Mondays at Racine
  4. Open Heart
  5. Redemption

Best Short Film (Animated)

  1. Adam and Dog
  2. Fresh Guacamole
  3. Head over Heels
  4. Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
  5. Paperman

Best Short Film (Live Action)

  1. Asad
  2. Buzkashi Boys
  3. Curfew
  4. Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
  5. Henry
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