Oscars 2013: The Winners of the 85th Academy Awards

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In a night of few upsets, and mostly deserving winners, the Oscars close awards season with one of the most competitive ceremonies in the last decade. Below you’ll find the full list of winners, and you might notice that not too many films won multiple awards. That’s just a testament to how great a year it was. After the list of winners, check out our thoughts on Seth MacFarlane, the tie, and, of course, the results.



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 Miserables)

Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained

Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo

Best Animated Film: Brave

Best Foreign Film: Amour

Best Original Score: Life of Pi

Best Original Song: “Skyfall” (Skyfall)

Best Editing: Argo

Best Cinematography: Life of Pi

Best Production Design: Lincoln

Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Les Miserables

Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi

Best Sound Mixing: Les Miserables

Best Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall

Best Animated Short: Paperboy

Best Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man

Best Live Action Short: Curfew

Best Documentary Short: Inocente


So Argo defied the odds and won Best Picture despite Ben Affleck’s Best Director snub. Was it the best film nominated? Not in my book, but Affleck gave a wonderful speech.

Speaking of Best Director, Ang Lee beat out Steven Spielberg which makes sense, I guess. I guess Lincoln didn’t resonate as well with voters as it did with me.

The acting noms went pretty well (who didn’t love seeing the two best living actors embrace on the stage after Meryl Streep called Daniel Day Lewis’ name?). Christoph Waltz is still the wrong man nominated from Django Unchained (sorry Leo), and now he’s the wrong person to win with so many great performances also nominated.

The only other thing really worth mentioning was the tie, in Best Sound Editing, which was only the sixth tie in history. It did give the excellent Zero Dark Thirty it’s only win of the night, and Skyfall got another trophy so it’s worth it.

As for our host, Twitter seemed pretty divided on MacFarlane during the telecast. I personally found him very funny, but I also loved Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes. Speaking of, get ready for the comparisons tomorrow.

So all in all it was a solid, long as ever, Academy Awards. But the difference that made this year a bit more exciting was that 2012 was an excellent year at the movies, making all the nominees worthy and then some. So we’ll see what’s to come in 2013. See you next year.

By Matt Dougherty

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