The 85th Academy Awards Recap!

AA-85The 85th Academy Awards held Sunday, February 25, 2013, managed to finish the Ben Affleck apology tour by giving the night’s top honors to ArgoArgo also took home Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing to firmly place it in tie for second place with Les Misérables behind the night’s bigger (if only slightly) winner, Life of Pi, with 4 awards.  Life of Pi took home Best Score, Cinematography, and Visual Effects as well as the coveted Best Director award for Ang Lee.  This marked Ang Lee’s second win in the Best Directory Category, also having won for Brokeback Mountain.

In a surprise to no one, Anne Hathaway took home the Best Supporting Actress prize while Jennifer Lawrence continued her run and snatchedSM2 the Best Actress Award. Probably the most memorable moment about either of those awards was a hilarious skit involving Seth McFarlane and Sally Field.

But in a a crushing disappointment to those who actually thought The Best Actor should win that award, Daniel Day-Lewis’s unstoppable “street-cred” topped what was a stronger, perhaps lifetime performance by Joaquin Phoenix in The Master.  Sadder still, people are trying to make “DDL” work – he’s won three Oscars people – say the full name!  Waltz won for Django Unchained (he had previously won for Inglorious Basterds) in a remarkable performance yet somehow that entire category seemed up-for-grabs, even as Tommy Lee Jones finally found a few smiles in his back pocket – a little too late Mr. Jones.

In addition and worthy of note, Quentin Tarantino won his sceond Best Original Screenplay award for Django Unchained, his first win since Pulp Fiction in 1994.

Here is the full listing of category wins:

BEST PICTURE: Argo
BEST DIRECTOR: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
BEST ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz,  Django Unchained
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Django Unchained
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Argo
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Brave
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Amour
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Searching for Sugar Man
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Life of Pi
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Life of Pi
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: Skyfall” from Skyfall 
BEST EDITING: Argo
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Lincoln
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Anna Karenina
BEST MAKEUP: Les Misérables
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Life of Pi
BEST SOUND MIXING: Les Misérables
BEST SOUND EDITING: Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty
BEST ANIMATED SHORT: Paperman
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT: Curfew
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Inocente

****Also, see 2011 winners here.*****

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