ARGO Takes Home Big Prize At 85th Academy Awards – List of Winners

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85th Academy Awards, Backstage

In one of the most unique Oscar races to come down the pike in quite a while, Warner Bros. Pictures’ ARGO won the Academy Award for best motion picture of the year during the live ABC telecast of the Oscars from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday night. Actor Jack Nicholson and First Lady Michelle Obama (via satellite) presented producers Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney the statue.

Of the win, director Ben Affleck said backstage, ” I was excited about making the movie.  These guys had a script, I really liked it, I called them up, and asked will you put me on the movie?  And I wanted to do the movie and I wanted to work with them.  That’s what I thought would happen.  I wanted to work on some quality.  I did the movie, we all worked really hard, I hoped that people would like it.  I didn’t think it had a more meta approach to it than that.  I was excited to make it, I was excited to work with these guys and the cast we had, and I was willing to let the chips kind of fall where they may, as long as we thought we did something we were interested in.”

Clooney is directing, co-writing and co-producing with Heslov for Sony Pictures’ THE MONUMENTS MEN due to be released next awards season – December 18, 2013.

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, THE MONUMENTS MEN is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys – seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 – possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

The film stars Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Jean Dujardin and Bill Murray.

85th Academy Awards, Portraits

LINCOLN’s Daniel Day-Lewis made history when he won his third Oscar for Best Actor and Jennifer Lawrence took home her first Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. As expected Anne Hathaway won Supporting Actress for LES MISÉRABLES and Christoph Waltz became an Oscar winner for a second time for his performance by an actor in a supporting role for DJANGO UNCHAINED. Director Ang Lee won Best Director for his work on LIFE OF PI.

85th Academy Awards, Portraits

85th Academy Awards Winners:

Best Picture: ARGO
Best Director: ANG LEE (Life of Pi)
Best Actor: DANIEL DAY-LEWIS (Lincoln)
Best Actress: JENNIFER LAWRENCE (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Supporting Actor: CHRISTOPH WALTZ (Django Unchained)
Best Supporting Actress: ANNE HATHAWAY (Les Misérables)
Best Cinematography: LIFE OF PI – Claudio Miranda
Best Costume Design: ANNA KARENINA – Jacqueline Durran
Best Documentary Feature: SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
Best Documentary Short: INOCENTE
Best Editing: ARGO – William Goldenberg
Best Foreign Language Film: AMOUR (Austria)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: LES MISERABLES – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Best Original Score: LIFE OF PI – Mychael Danna
Best Original Song: “Skyfall” from SKYFALL – Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Best Production Design: LINCOLN – Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)
Best Animated Short Film: PAPERMAN – John Kahrs
Best SHORT FILM Live Action: CURFEW – Shawn Christensen
Best Sound Editing (tie):

  • SKYFALLPer Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
  • ZERO DARK THIRTY – Paul N.J. Ottosson

Best Sound Mixing: LES MISERABLES -Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Best Visual Effects: LIFE OF PI -Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
Best Adapted Screenplay: ARGO – Written by Chris Terrio
Best Original Screenplay: DJANGO UNCHAINED – Written by Quentin Tarantino

By Picture:

ARGO – 3

Hosted by Seth MacFarlane, the show included a Celebration of Movie Musicals with performances by Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) and this year’s Oscar nominees from LES MISÉRABLES – Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway along with co-stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks and Helena Bonham Carter.

85th Academy Awards, Backstage

There was also a very special performance from Barbra Streisand to salute composer Marvin Hamlisch with “The Way We Were,” Norah Jones performed “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from the motion picture TED, Shirley Bassey belted out her 007 theme “Goldfinger” and Adele sang the Oscar-nominated theme song from SKYFALL.

85th Academy Awards, Telecast

For the first time, viewers in the U.S. will be able to stream tonight’s Oscars show in its entirety across multiple platforms including, the ABC Player app, and the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service.  The show will also be available via ABC On Demand, the network’s fast forward-disabled VOD service.

The Oscars, in its entirety, will be available to stream within hours of its broadcast completion, beginning Monday, Feb. 25th at 6:00 a.m. EST through Wednesday, February 27, at midnight EST.

The Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 were presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and were hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation was televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 countries worldwide.


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