2013 Oscars: 'Argo' Wins Best Picture, Academy Spreads The Love

In the end, there probably weren't too many things we could call surprises at last night's 85th Oscar Awards. Seth MacFarlane was a good host who sang a few songs and took the jokes as far as you would probably expect them to take it with a billion people watching, but it was a nice departure from a few stinker hosts in recent years. Ben Affleck got his make-up award when Argo was announced for best picture (and two other awards including Chris Terrio for best adapted screenplay, and just about everyone else expected to win actually won.

In fact the only thing that was surprising was the lack of surprises. Amour's Emmanuelle Riva had a lot of buzz going for her going into the event or Best Actress, seeing as it was her 86th birthday on the day of the event, and Harvey Weinstein had been lobbying a lot for Silver Linings Playbook. That film only took home one statue for the incredibly charming Jennifer Lawrence in the same category (who took a tumble on her way up to the stage which only made her even more charming). His other film, Django Unchained, took home two awards though, both expected, for Christoph Waltz (Best Supporting Actor) and Quentin Tarantino himself (Best Original Screenplay).

Still, it was nice to see the Academy spread the love around when it seems like only certain movies and movie types had been dominating in recent years. Life of Pi went home with four awards, the most of any movie, including a deserved Best Director award for Ang Lee. Les Miserables was the other film that went home with three, Lincoln and Skyfall taking two along with Django, and nine other movies all taking home awards.

So it was a satisfying show even if it wasn't a surprising show. And if we learned anything from it, it's that the old guard, the Harvey Weinsteins and the Steven Spielbergs, they still have their power, but it's fading quickly as another man, a man that stood up there at the end of the show and didn't say anything in George Clooney, as his power rises. Although Weinstein flexed his muscle by getting first lady Michelle Obama to appear, if anything was a surprise, that was.

Check the full list of winners below, and let us know what you thought of the show in the comments!

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

BEST DIRECTOR
Winner: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Nominees: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook; Ang Lee, Life of Pi; Steven Spielberg, Lincoln; Michael Haneke, Amour; Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST ACTRESS
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Nominees: Naomi Watts, The Impossible; Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty; Emmanuelle Riva, Amour; Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST ACTOR
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Nominees: Denzel Washington, Flight; Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables; Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook; Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Winner: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Nominees: Sally Field, Lincoln; Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook; Helen Hunt, The Sessions; Amy Adams, The Master

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Winner: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Nominees: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master; Robert de Niro, Silver Linings Playbook; Alan Arkin, Argo; Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Winner: Argo - Chris Terrio
Nominees: Beasts of the Southern Wild - Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin; Life of Pi - David Magee; Lincoln - Tony Kushner; Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Winner: Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino
Nominees: Amour - Michael Haneke; Flight - John Gatins; Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Winner: Brave
Nominees: Frankenweenie, Pirates: Band of Misfits, Wreck-It-Ralph, Paranorman

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Winner: Amour (Austria)
Nominees: No, (Chile); War Witch (Canada); A Royal Affair (Denmark); Kon Tiki (Norway)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Winner: ‘Skyfall,’ Skyfall
Nominees: ‘Before My Time,’ Chasing Ice; ‘Pi’s Lullaby,’ Life of Pi; ‘Suddenly,’ Les Misérables; ‘Everybody Needs a Best Friend,’ Ted

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

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Winner:Anna Karenina
Nominees: Les Misérables, Lincoln, Mirror Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Winner: Inocente
Nominees: Kings Point, Mondays at Racine, Open Heart, Redemption

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

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Winner: Life of Pi
Nominees: Anna Karenina, Argo, Lincoln, Skyfall

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Winner: Les Misérables
Nominees: Hitchcock, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Winner: Lincoln
Nominees: Anna Karenina , The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Misérables , Life of Pi

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

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

BEST SOUND EDITING
Winner: TIE - Skyfall & Zero Dark Thirty
Nominees: Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi

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

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

Comments 2
Shane Brennan's picture

I've got to see Django to check out Waltz but the best supporting actor category was stacked
and probably the most wide open. Thought TLJ and PSH were both incredible.

George Prax's picture

I not only saw Django but read the script, and I'm telling you, Tarantino was born to write for this guy. Normally scripts change between the final draft and what we see on screen, but it's like they kept Schultz's lines intact word for word. Tarantino won because of Waltz and vice-versa. That said I would have been happy with any of the five (and a couple of others who didn't make the cut) winning. For instance Samuel L. Jackson at the very least deserved a nom because that may have been the first time he's actually acted since the last time Tarantino got him nominated for Pulp Fiction.