Oscars 2013: the winners and losers

February 25th, 2013 at 8:41 am by under Entertainment

“Argo” wins best picture and breaks trend, “Life of Pi” leads a spread-the-wealth ceremony, and Daniel Day-Lewis makes Oscars history

Ben Affleck (center) in “Argo” photo courtesy Warner Brothers

 The 85th Oscars saw history, a break from the norm, and as I predicted – the wins were spread out amoung a handful of movies.

“Life of Pi” wins 4
It wasn’t a runaway hit, but “Life of Pi” picked up 4 Oscars (out of 11 nominations) for Best Director (Ang Lee), Cinematography, Musical Score, and Visual Effects.
["Life of Pi" - My Pick to see (video review): http://youtu.be/iEK5025AoSY ]

“Argo” wins 3
In addition to Best Picture, “Argo” also won for Adapted Screenplay and Editing for a total of 3 Oscars (out of 7 nominations).   With its Best Picture win and Ben Affleck’s snub from the directing category, 2013 saw a break in the 23 year trend of the Oscar winning Best Picture also having its director nominated.   1990 was the last time that a movie – “Driving Miss Daisy” – won Best Picture without its director at least getting a nomination.  That also happened in 1929 (“Wings”) and 1932 (“Grand Hotel”).    For the last 23 years, its almost been automatic that the same movie won both Best Picture and Best Director, “Argo” makes it just the 6th time recently that “split” has happened – “Crash” (2006 – Ang Lee won for “Brokeback Mountain”), “Chicago” (2003 – Roman Polanski won for “The Pianist”), “Gladiator” (2001 – Steven Soderbergh won for “Erin Brockovich”), “Shakespeare in Love” (1999 – Steven Spielberg won for “Saving Private Ryan”), and “Driving Miss Daisy” (1990 – Oliver Stone won for “Born on the Fourth of July”).
["Argo" - My Pick to see (video review): http://youtu.be/ByksH6cTP5Q ]

“Les Miserables” wins 3
“Les Miserables” also won 3 Oscars – Best Actress for Anne Hathaway, Sound Mixing, and Makeup & Hairstyle (8 nominations).

“Lincoln” wins 2
Then it was “Lincoln” with 2 wins (out of 12 nominations) for Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor and for Production Design.   Day-Lewis became the first actor to win a 3rd Oscar for Lead Actor (“There Will Be Blood” and “My Left Foot”).
["Life of Pi" - My Pick to see (video review): http://youtu.be/VZcRsOC3xas ]

“Django Unchained” wins 2
“Django Unchained” won 2 Oscars for Original Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino and Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz (who also won in same category for Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds”), “Django” had 5 nominations.

“Skyfall” wins 2
“Skyfall”the 4th biggest money maker in the U.S. in 2012 – won 2 Oscars, the most ever by a Bond film,   for Best Song and Sound Editing (in a tie with “Zero Dark Thirty”), the movie was nominated for 5 Oscars.
["Skyfall" - My Pick to see (video review): http://youtu.be/dEkaP7oD6kM ]

Ohh, and the show went long – a total of 3 hours and 35 minutes, thanks in part to a 17 minute opening number.  Seth MacFarlane was good as first time host, while he was better than last year – overall the show was good, but not great… with some longer periods that lagged between awards… and memorable moments.

HERE’S A LOOK AT ALL THE CATEGORIES

BEST PICTURE:
WINNER: Argo
Nominees: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

( Aaron’s Pick: Argo )

ACTOR:
WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Nominees: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables),  Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)

( Aaron’s Pick: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) )

ACTRESS:
WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Nominees: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour),  Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

( Aaron’s Pick: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) )

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
WINNER: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Nominees: Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The  Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

( Aaron’s Pick: Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook) )

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
WINNER: Anne Hathaway
Nominees: Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)

( Aaron’s Pick: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) )

DIRECTING:
WINNER: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Nominees: Michael Haneke (Amour), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

( Aaron’s Pick: Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) )

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
WINNER: Brave
Nominees: Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Wreck-It Ralph

( Aaron’s Pick: Wreck-It Ralph )

The rest of the categories continue below….

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
WINNER: Amour
Nominees: Amour (Austria), Kon-Tiki (Norway), No (Chile), A Royal Affair (Denmark), War Witch (Canada)

( Aaron’s Pick: Amour )

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
WINNER: Chris Terrio (Argo)
Nominees: Chris Terrio (Argo), Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), David Magee (Life of Pi), Tony Kushner (Lincoln), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

( Aaron’s Pick: Chris Terrio (Argo) )

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
WINNER: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Nominees: Michael Haneke (Amour), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), John Gatins (Flight),  Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)

( Aaron’s Pick: Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom) )

PRODUCTION DESIGN:
WINNER: Lincoln
Nominees: Anna Karenina, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln

( Aaron’s Pick: Lincoln )

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
WINNER: Life of Pi
Nominees: Anna Karenina, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall

( Aaron’s Pick: Life of Pi )

SOUND MIXING:
WINNER: Les Miserables
Nominees: Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall

( Aaron’s Pick: Life of Pi )

SOUND EDITING:
WINNER: Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty
Nominees: Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty

***Last Oscars tie was 1968, how it can happen and when: http://weeklytrivia.blogspot.com/2004/09/oscar-ties.html

( Aaron’s Pick: Life of Pi )

ORIGINAL SCORE:
WINNER: Life of Pi
Nominees: Anna Karenina (Dario Marianelli), Argo, (Alexandre Desplat), Life of Pi (Mychael Danna), Lincoln (John Williams), Skyfall (Thomas Newman)

( Aaron’s Pick: Lincoln (John Williams) )

ORIGINAL SONG:
WINNER: “Skyfall” – Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth (Skyfall)
Nominees: “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice (J. Ralph), “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted (Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane), “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi (Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri), “Skyfall” from Skyfall (Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth), “Suddenly” from Les Miserables (Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil)

( Aaron’s Pick: “Skyfall” from Skyfall (Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth) )

COSTUME:
WINNER: Anna Karenina
Nominees: Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Lincoln, Mirror Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman

( Aaron’s Pick: Les Miserables )

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
WINNER: Searching for Sugarman
Nominees: 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War, Searching for Sugar Man

( Aaron’s Pick: Searching for Sugar Man )

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT):
WINNER: Inocente
Nominees: Inocente, Kings Point, Mondays at Racine, Open Heart, Redemption

( Aaron’s Pick: n/a )

FILM EDITING:
WINNER: Argo
Nominees: Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty

( Aaron’s Pick: Argo )

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:
WINNER: Les Miserables
Nominees: Hitchcock, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Miserables

( Aaron’s Pick: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey )

ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
WINNER: Paperman
Nominees: Adam and Dog, Fresh Guacamole, Head over Heels, Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare, Paperman

( Aaron’s Pick: Paperman )

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM:
WINNER: Curfew
Nominees: Asad, Buzkashi Boys, Curfew, Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw), Henry

( Aaron’s Pick: n/a )

VISUAL EFFECTS:
WINNER: Life of Pi
Nominees: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life of Pi, Marvel’s The Avengers, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman

( Aaron’s Pick: Life of Pi, (but I’d love to see Marvel’s The Avengers get the movie an Oscar) )

Annual Oscar Picks:
I went 13-of-22 in my picks (59%)… my lowest % since making my picks public/professionally… but I did get Best Picture correct for the 4th year in-a-row.

The EightWest picks went: Rachael (5 for 7), myself (4 for 7), Terri (2 for 7)… so congrats Rachael – “Brave” won it for you!

Previous Oscar Picks:

My 2012 Oscar Picks (62% including “The Artist”)

My 2011 Oscar Picks (85.7% including “The King’s Speech”)

My 2010 Oscar Picks (63% including “The Hurt Locker”)

My 2009 Oscar Picks (78%)

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