February 24, 2013 marked the end of the 2012-2013 awards season that began with The Gotham Awards in October 2012. Hosting the Academy awards this year, Seth McFarlane was at his sarcastic best. Beginning the show as a “quest to make Tommy Lee Jones Smile” he took his jabs at the nominees, the actors and the industry overall.The 85th Annual Academy Awards was a spectacular event filled with powerful musical performances by the industries most talented – Catherine Zeta Jones, cast of ‘Les Miserables’ and others all sung live by the performers at the event. Adele joined Halle Berry in paying tribute to the Bond movie series and wooed the audience with the ‘Skyfall’ theme song that also went on to win an Oscar for the Best Song. If that was not enough, First Lady Michelle Obama surprised everyone when she introduced the nominees for the – Best Picture, live from the White House and also announced the winner of the most prized award of the night “Best Picture” to ‘Argo’. A clearly very excited Ben Affleck, Producer, Director and star of the movie, accepted the award along with his team. In his acceptance speech Ben thanked everyone in the movie, on the movie and everyone else who worked on this movie. “There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right to be up here as we do,” said Affleck.
‘Life of Pi’ took the lead in taking home four Oscars including Best Director – Ang Lee (taking the title away from Steven Speilberg for: ‘Lincoln’) and Best Cinematography while Ben Affleck’s Argo took home three Oscars yesterday. Seth MacFarlane made fun on Ben Affleck missing out on the Best Director nomination for his Film ‘Argo’ that won so many rave reviews “The story was so top secret that the film’s director is unknown to the academy,” MacFarlane said. “They know they screwed up. Ben, it’s not your fault.”
The very talented and our favorite for this category Daniel Day Lewis won the Oscar for Best Actor (presented by Meryl Streep) for his portrayal of Lincoln in the movie ‘Lincoln’, making it his third Academy win. Jennifer Lawrence, the star of LRFF 2010 Golden Rock Winner for Best Narrative Film “Winter’s Bone” won the Best Actress Award for her role in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ making her the second youngest star at 22 after Marlee Matlin 21 (‘Children of a Lesser God’) to win an Oscar. Taking a fall on the stairs on her way up to the stage to receive her award, Lawrence received a standing ovation and joked that “You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell,”. Lawrence was also the winner last night as the Best Dressed Celebrity at the Oscars 2013.
Anne Hathaway and Christop Waltz took home the Best Supporting actress and actor award for their roles in ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Django Unchained’ respectively. “It came true,” she said as Anne accepted her golden statuette. Quentin Taratino received the Oscar for best original screenplay for ‘Django Unchained” and on stage thanked his characters for the movies success. “I have to cast the right people to make those characters come alive,” said Tarantino, “And boy, this time, did I do it. Thank you so much, guys.”
“So you are nominated for an Oscar, a 9year old can do that” Seth joked while introducing LRFF2012 Golden Rock Winner for Best Narrartive ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ child star Quvenzhane Wallis, who at age 9, became the youngest Oscar nominated actress in the Best Actress category. LRFF 2011 alum Hal Needham won the 2013 Oscar Honorary Award along with D.A. Pennebaker and George Stevens Jr.
Oscar 2013 winners – Full List
1. Best Picture: “Argo.”
2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.”
3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”
4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”
5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables.”
6. Directing: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi.”
7. Foreign Language Film: “Amour.”
8. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, “Argo.”
9. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained.”
10. Animated Feature Film: “Brave.”
11. Production Design: “Lincoln.”
12. Cinematography: “Life of Pi.”
13. Sound Mixing: “Les Miserables.”
14. Sound Editing (tie): “Skyfall,” ”Zero Dark Thirty.”
15. Original Score: “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna.
16. Original Song: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.
17. Costume: “Anna Karenina.”
18. Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man.”
19. Documentary (short subject): “Inocente.”
20. Film Editing: “Argo.”
21. Makeup and Hairstyling: “Les Miserables.”
22. Animated Short Film: “Paperman.”
23. Live Action Short Film: “Curfew.”
24. Visual Effects: “Life of Pi.”