Another year of brilliant films and another year of awarding them for their great art and dedication. Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” received the most awards, four in total, including Best Director. “Argo” and “Les Misérables” followed close behind with three prizes each. The ceremony closed with “Argo” winning Best Film.
The 85th Academy Awards’ ceremony had all through out a musical theme, in which the organizers wished to pay tribute to the revival of musicals on the big screen. Catherine Zeta-Jones went up on stage to reenact a song from the incredibly succesful musical “Chicago” (2003). Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey and Adele also performed live. The high-light of the night was the live perfomance of the Les Misérables’ cast of a medley of the film’s soundtrack.
Daniel Day-Lewis made Hollywood history by becoming the first male actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor three times. His role as Lincoln has won him various awards and critics say that the fact is that he not only plays the role, but he is actually Lincoln, his performance is so real.
Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for Best Actress and became the second youngest to have ever won it, she is 22 years old and was nominated a few years ago as Best Actress for “Winter’s Bone”. As she walked up on stage to give her acceptance speach and pick up her Oscar she tripped.
Anne Hathaway won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Fantine in “Les Misérables” and showed up in a Prada gown that showed off her nipples. Just seems to be wardrobe fiasco after wardrobe fiasco for the actress as she also had wardrobe malfunctions in other award ceremonies, such as the Baftas.
Christoph Waltz won the Best Supporting Actor award, for the second time, for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”. The first time he won the award, three years ago, was also under the command of Tarantino in the film “Inglourious Basterds”.
The whole movie industry was in an uproar when Ben Affleck was deprived of being nominated for best director for his work on “Argo”, but he soon saw himself rewarded with the most important prize of the night, Best Film. It was a suprise when Jack Nicholson introduced First Lady Michelle Obama who presented the Best Film award to Ben Affleck’s “Argo”.
Ben Affleck’s career as a director has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. In 1998, Affleck and Matt Damon picked up the award for Best Screenplay, but since then he has also won some Golden Raspberry Awards for his film “Gigli”. It seems that Ben Affleck is back with a BOOM! with “Argo”.
Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” won four Oscars: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Best Visual Effects. It turned out to be the most awarded film of the night. In the category of Best Director he was up against Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” which was one of the favourites of the night, but only ended up winning two of the prizes.
Most of the awards for “Life of Pi” were for the visual effects. Most people after reading the book on which the film is based was an “unfilmable” concept, but Ang Lee sure proved them wrong. Rhythm & Hues, the company in charge of the visual effects of this production, is recently filing for bankrupcy.
Here is a full list of the 2013 Academy Awards winners:
Best Film: “Argo”
Best Director: Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Waltz – Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
Best Animated Film: Brave
Best Original Screenplay: Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
Best Adapted Screenplay: Argo – Chris Terrio
Best Cinematography: Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
Best Sound Mixing: Les Misérables – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Best Sound Editing (joint winners): Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty
Best Original Song: Skyfall (Skyfall) – Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Best Original Score: Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
Best Costumes: Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
Best Documentary Film: Searching for Sugarman
Best Documentary Short: Inocente
Best Film Editing: Argo – William Goldenberg
Best Animated Short Film: Paperman
Best Live Action Short Film: Curfew
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Best Make-up: Les Misérables
Best Production Design: Lincoln