Oscars Review: 'Argo' Takes Best Picture

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

'Argo' takes best picture at the Oscars

If Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Oscars, everyone should be so lucky. His Iran rescue thriller "Argo" has won best picture from the Academy Awards.

It's the first best picture winner not to be nominated for best director since 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy." But despite the omission of Affleck -- or perhaps buoyed by it -- "Argo" emerged as the Oscar favorite, winning top honors from the directors, producers, screen actors and writers guilds.

Affleck and fellow producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov accepted the award Sunday night.

Among the other eight nominees, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" was perceived as the biggest competition to "Argo."

The other nominees were "Life of Pi," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Les Miserables," "Amour," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Django Unchained."

Jennifer Lawrence wins Oscar for best actress
Jennifer Lawrence has won the Academy Award for best actress for her performance as a young widower in "Silver Linings Playbook."

It's the first Oscar for the 22-year-old Lawrence, who was also nominated for "Winter's Bone" in 2011. It's the first Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook" on the night.

The actress tripped on her way to the stage, but by the time she got to the microphone, the Dolby Theatre crowd applauded her with a standing ovation.

The other nominees Sunday night were Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour"), Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Naomi Watts ("The Impossible").

Day-Lewis wins record third best actor Oscar
Daniel Day-Lewis has won the Academy Award for best actor for his exactingly authentic performance as President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's historical drama.

He's the first to ever win the best actor Oscar three times. He's been nominated five times, winning for "My Left Foot" in 1990 and "There Will Be Blood" in 2008.

Day-Lewis spent a year preparing for "Lincoln," and, in his customary method, remained in character during the production. His widely-expected Oscar win further cements his status as the most admired actor currently working.
The other nominees Sunday night were Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables"), Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master") and Denzel Washington ("Flight").

Hathaway wins Oscar for best supporting actress
Anne Hathaway has won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for her teary, show-stopping performance in "Les Miserables."

Hathaway famously cropped her hair on camera playing the gaunt Fantine, and her full-throated, one-take rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" was classic Oscar-winning stuff. She was one of the night's most obvious shoo-ins, having swept the major awards leading up to the Oscars.

It's Hathaway's first Oscar. She was previously nominated in 2008 for "Rachel Getting Married."

The other nominees Sunday night were Amy Adams ("The Master"), Sally Field ("Lincoln"), Helen Hunt ("The Sessions") and Jacki Weaver ("Silver Linings Playbook").

The 85th Academy Awards are airing live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with host Seth MacFarlane.

Christoph Waltz wins best supporting actor Oscar
Christoph Waltz has won best supporting actor from the Academy Awards for his performance as a refined bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino's outlandish slavery epic "Django Unchained."

It's the second time in three years Waltz has won the category. He won the award in 2010 for his performance in Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," the role that catapulted the Austrian actor to Hollywood.

The category's competition was particularly stiff. All of the nominees were previous Oscar winners: Alan Arkin ("Argo"), Robert De Niro ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("The Master") and Tommy Lee Jones ("Lincoln").

Waltz was seen as an underdog to the more venerated Jones and De Niro.

Ang Lee wins best director Oscar for 'Life of Pi'
Ang Lee has won the Academy Award for best director for his "Life of Pi."

It's the second Oscar for Lee, who won in 2005 for "Brokeback Mountain."

He was also nominated in 2000 for directing "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." He becomes only the 19th director to win the honor multiple times.

The other nominees Sunday night were Steve Spielberg ("Lincoln"), Michael Haneke ("Amour"), David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild").

This year's directing category was one of the most controversial, as it left out Ben Affleck for "Argo" and Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty."

Adele's 'Skyfall' theme wins Oscar for best song
Adele's "Skyfall" has won the Academy Award for best original song, a first for a James Bond theme.

While 007 themes have long been a beloved movie tradition, they've never before won an Oscar. Three previous Bond tunes were nominated: "For Your Eyes Only," "Nobody Does It Better," and "Live and Let Die."

The Oscar extends Adele's award show dominance, leaving only an Emmy eluding her of the major American awards.

She accepted the Oscar with producer Paul Epworth, with whom she wrote the lyrics and composed the music.

Adele also performed "Skyfall" for the first time at the Sunday night ceremony.

The other nominees were "Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice"; "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted"; "Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi"; and "Suddenly" from "Les Miserables."


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