Oscars recap, The Academy Award winners and losers


The Academy Awards results are in and as usual it was filled with many expected winners, many heartfelt acceptance speeches, a few laughs, and a few upsets. Argo became the first film since Driving Miss Daisy to win Best Picture without the director being nominated for Best Director, Ang Lee took home the Best Director award for Life of Pi, making it his second win for the category, and to no surprise, Daniel Day-Lewis took the Best Actor award. There was even a tie in the mix of awards. Check out the list of winners below and tell us who you thought should have won.


Argo takes home Best Picture


Best Picture

Winner: “Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”

Jennifer Lawrence “stumbles” to victory for Best Actress


Actress in a Leading Role

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner: Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner: Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Amy Adams – “The Master”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Jackie Weaver – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Animated Feature Film

Winner: “Brave”
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Ang Lee gets his second win for Best Director for Life of Pi



Winner: “Life of Pi” – Ang Lee
“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Benh Zeitlin
“Lincoln” – Steven Spielberg
“Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell

Writing – Original Screenplay

Winner: “Django Unchained” – Quentin Tarantino
“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Flight” – John Gatins
“Moonrise Kingdom” – Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
“Zero Dark Thirty” – Mark Boal

Writing – Adapted Screenplay

Winner: “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

Music – Original Song

Winner: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“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
“Suddenly” from “Les Miserables,” music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Foreign Language Film

Winner: “Amour” (Austria)
“Kon-Tiki” (Norway)
“No” (Chile)
“A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
“War Witch” (Canada)

Life of Pi’s stunning visuals steal the win for Cinematography



Winner: “Life of Pi”
“Anna Karenina”
“Django Unchained”

Costume Design

Winner: “Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“Mirror Mirror”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Documentary – Feature

Winner: “Searching for Sugar Man”
“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Gatekeepers”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Invisible War”

Documentary – Short

Winner: “Inocente”
“Kings Point”
“Mondays at Racine”
“Open Heart”

Film Editing

Winner: “Argo”
“Life of Pi”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Makeup And Hairstyling

Winner: “Les Miserables”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Music – Original Score

Winner: “Life of Pi”
“Anna Karenina”

Production Design

Winner: “Lincoln”
“Anna Karenina”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”

Short Film – Animated

Winner: “Paperman”
“Adam and Dog”
“Fresh Guacamole”
“Head over Heels”
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”

Short Film – Live Action

Winner: “Curfew”
“Buzkashi Boys”
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”

Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall share the win for Sound Editing


Sound Editing

Tie: “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”

Sound Mixing

Winner: “Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”

Visual Effects

Winner: “Life of Pi”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Here are my thoughts. I was expecting either Argo or Silver Linings Playbook to take Best Picture because of the buzz surrounding the two films. For me, it was the moment when Argo beat out Silver Linings Playbook for Best Adapted Screenplay that sealed the deal. After that I knew Argo had it in the bag. I have to say though, it seems to be quite a slap in the face to not even give the film’s director credit by leaving him out of the Best Director category, but from the speech Ben Affleck gave, you could tell he was definitely not bitter and very happy with his win. I was happy to see Jennifer Lawrence take the win for Best Actress, I loved her role in Silver Linings Playbook and even though I think it was neck and neck between her and Jessica Chastain, I think the win will help to keep Lawrence as a consideration for deeper roles in the future rather than being known as The Hunger Games girl. I was not surprised at all with the win for Daniel Day-Lewis in the Best Actor category, and I feel sorry for any other nominees in that category because his performance in Lincoln was on a different level. In fact, it was his performance that carried the film. Life of Pi won for Best Cinematography and no one could deny that win, the film was beautiful, even though I think Skyfall definitely deserved recognition, just not the win. Of course there were some things that the Academy overlooked that we all loved but it’s expected. Let’s hear everyone else’s thoughts now!

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