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article imageOscars: Best Picture goes to 'Argo'

By Tim O'Brien     Feb 24, 2013 in Entertainment
UPDATE: The surprise that was promised for The Oscars was Michelle Obama introducing the Best Picture category and then turning it back to Jack Nicholson. But, it was the First Lady who announced the winner.
The winner for Best Picture, in a night that saw Oscar spread the love, was awarded to "Argo."
Earlier story...
What to expect from the show...And with it will come a tribute to 10 years of musicals, performances by Adele and Barbra Streisand, among others. It will feature a wise-cracking host, who is also a talented music man himself.
There will also be a tribute to Bond - James Bond. Host Seth MacFarlane was picked in infuse a jolt and bring in a younger audience who like his cartoon work. So, how about the host? "In addition to his proven appeal to contemporary audiences and his gifts as a performer, Seth is also a classic showman who has carefully studied previous Oscars," said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "We know that he will carry the tradition of great Oscars' hosting that extends from Bob Hope through Johnny Carson and Billy Crystal forward while giving it his own distinctive spin."
When tuning in to The Oscars, remember that phrase. Plus, the name of the theatre has changed, too.
The Wrap reported earlier this week, that producers Neil Meron and Cragi Zadan are hoping by only using The Oscars in reference to this year's show, it will catch on for future years. They noted as February rolled along, press releases dropped using The 85th Academy Awards, trying to take the number away.
The long used Kodak Theater is now the Dolby Theatre.
But what is to be expected for many is an "Argo" win, since it dominated the major awards. One thing is certain, if "Argo" wins, its director will not and that alone makes for headlines. But, here is the latest buzz before getting to the winners.
Usually, each category comes down to two but that is not the case for best picture. Three films can win this and right when one banks on the favorite, this is the type of year when another could sneak in, like "Silver Linings Playbook."
That's right, "Silver," the film with eight nominations, may pull off the upset due to late voters. And perhaps the Harvey Weinstein marketing machine can pull off another coup. If "Silver Linings Playbook" is on the way to an upset, it may be seen early in the supporting categories. Likewise, if "Lincoln" steals those two, perhaps Abe is set for a big night. If they are split or go as expected, then it should be Anne Hathaway and Tommy Lee Jones walking away with those.
The lead actor category is a slam, one would think. Can anybody beat Daniel Day-Lewis? Don't think so and if he wins he joins a rare group - three-time winner. Meanwhile, actress is between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence, with the latter the favorite. A split vote could mean Emmanuelle wins and, thus, she would become the oldest winner ever – on her birthday.
The most intriguing race is director. The older Academy members will likely go with Steven Spielberg, and if they do, they night have enough influence to lean "Lincoln" for best picture as well. But Lee could win this one.
All that aside, can anything derail “Argo”?
Mark your ballot (winners in bold as they are announced): For a feed, head here.
Best Picture
"Argo"
"Django Unchained"
"Les Miserables"
"Life of Pi"
"Amour"
"Lincoln"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Notes: The oddest Oscars in all my years of covering it. From Ben Affleck: "It doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life, all that matters is that you gotta get up"
Directing
"Amour" - Michael Haneke
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" - Benh Zeitlin
"Life of Pi" - Ang Lee
"Lincoln" - Steven Spielberg
"Silver Linings Playbook" - David O. Russell
Notes: He won for "Brokeback Mountain," too. Upset? You be the judge. Backstage quote: Ang Lee on his speech: "I screwed up a little bit because I couldn’t say some of the Indian names very fast, so I had to skip them!"
Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"
Hugh Jackman - "Les Miserables"
Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master"
Denzel Washington - "Flight"
Notes: He is one of he best we have ever witnessed. Backstage quote: Daniel Day-Lewis: "I need to have a lie down now for a couple of years! It's hard to imagine playing another historical figure."
Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Emmanuelle Riva - "Amour"
Quvenzhané Wallis - "Beasts of Southern Wild"
Naomi Watts - "The Impossible"
Notes: She was the favorite and took that tide home. Backstage quote: Jennifer Lawrence on her film: “I don’t think we’ll stop until we get rid of the stigma of mental illness. David O. Russell won’t.”
Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin - "Argo"
Robert De Niro - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Philip Seymour Hoffman - "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones - "Lincoln"
Christoph Waltz - "Django Unchained"
Notes: Going in Jones was a slight favorite but Waltz had early buzz. He got it back. One quote backstage: "I was on a list with the greatest actors around. How do you think someone feels when all of a sudden his name is called in that context?"
Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams - "The Master"
Sally Field - "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway - "Les Miserables"
Helen Hunt - "The Sessions"
Jackie Weaver - "Silver Linings Playbook"
Notes: Nobody was going to beat Hathaway. The one consensus from "Les Miserables" was her performance.
Animated Feature Film
"Brave"
"Frankenweenie"
"ParaNorman"
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits"
"Wreck-It Ralph"
Notes: Solid choice but "Wreck-It Ralph" had it going in.
Writing - Original Screenplay
"Amour" - Michael Haneke
"Django Unchained" - Quentin Tarantino
"Flight" - John Gatins
"Moonrise Kingdom" - Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
"Zero Dark Thirty" - Mark Boal
Notes: He is all about characters and is original.
Writing - Adapted Screenplay
"Argo" - Chris Terrio
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" - Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
"Life of Pi" - David Magee
"Lincoln" - Tony Kushner
"Silver Linings Playbook" - David O. Russell
Notes: kind of a surprise.
Music - Original Song
"Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice," music and lyrics by J. Ralph
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted," music by Walter Murphy, lyrics by Seth MacFarlane
"Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi," music by Mychael Danna, lyrics by Bombay Jayashri
"Skyfall" from "Skyfall," music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
"Suddenly" from "Les Miserables," music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
Notes: The host was nominated, too, but Bond it is - on an Adele.
Music - Original Score
"Anna Karenina"
"Argo"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Skyfall"
Notes: "Life of Pi" picking up key awards.
Foreign Language Film
"Amour" (Austria)
"Kon-Tiki" (Norway)
"No" (Chile)
"A Royal Affair" (Denmark)
"War Witch" (Canada)
Notes: Nothing else was in the running.
Cinematography
"Anna Karenina"
"Django Unchained"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Skyfall"
Notes: Hands on, this was the one.
Costume Design
"Anna Karenina"
"Les Miserables"
"Lincoln"
"Mirror Mirror"
"Snow White and the Huntsman"
Notes: Red carpet highlighted this category this year.
Documentary - Feature
"5 Broken Cameras"
"The Gatekeepers"
"How to Survive a Plague"
"The Invisible War"
"Searching for Sugar Man"
Notes: "Sugar" was odds on favorite going in and it wins.
Documentary - Short
"Inocente"
"Kings Point"
"Mondays at Racine"
"Open Heart"
"Redemption"
Film Editing
"Argo"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
Notes: This is truly a tough job.
Makeup And Hairstyling
"Hitchcock"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Les Miserables"
Notes: Only three. Again, only three.
Production Design
"Anna Karenina"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Les Miserables"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
Notes: On set, Daniel Day-Lewis insisted on being called Mr. President.
Short Film - Animated
"Adam and Dog"
"Fresh Guacamole"
"Head over Heels"
"Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare'"
"Paperman"
Notes: "Simpsons" from TV denied a movie award.
Short Film - Live Action
"Asad"
"Buzkashi Boys"
"Curfew"
"Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)"
"Henry"
Notes: Even these can be expensive.
Sound Editing
"Argo"
"Django Unchained"
"Life of Pi"
"Skyfall"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
Notes: A tie. Did you hear that? Sorry, had to. Not something that happens often.
Sound Mixing
"Argo"
"Les Miserables"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Skyfall"
Notes: After that musical tribute and this wins, it fits.
Visual Effects
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Life of Pi"
"Marvel's The Avengers"
"Prometheus"
"Snow White and the Huntsman"
Notes: No surprise as this film will win these awards.
The Oscars air live on ABC tonight (Sunday, Feb. 24).
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