2013 Academy Awards Winners - 'Argo' & Ang Lee Take Top Prizes
by Alex Billington
February 24, 2013
The 85th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and announce the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre with an odd host this year - Seth MacFarlane, nominated himself. Once again, we have nine Best Picture nominees from 2012, including Les Mis, Lincoln, Django, Beasts and of course, Ben Affleck's Argo, which has been building up tremendous awards momentum leading to this day. What will win this year? The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for any updates.
Read on for the complete list of nominees and winners. Be sure to let us know what you think of the results!
This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Thoughts: As much as it's not my personal favorite film of 2012, I fully expected it to win. It kept building up momentum and I feel like this is the perfect way for everyone at the Oscars to say screw you for Affleck getting snubbed for Best Director. Now the film gets its victory, and that's that.
Michael Haneke - Amour
Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Ang Lee - Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
Thoughts: Wow, big congrats to Ang Lee. He's an incredibly talented filmmaker and this is a great second win for him. Life of Pi is a beautiful film and I'm very happy Ang won (my interview with him). Bravo!
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Denzel Washington - Flight
Thoughts: Expected DDL to win, no surprise. I would've much preferred Joaquin Phoenix from The Master, but I knew he wasn't going to win.
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts - The Impossible
Thoughts: I don't think this is Lawrence's best role, but I'm fine she won. My top choice would've been Jessica Chastain, but I loved Quvenzhané Wallis, and would even support Emmanuelle Riva from Amour, which is an amazing performance.
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin - Argo
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
Thoughts: Wow! Congratulations, I'm very excited to see that Waltz won this. We're off to a great start, since this is the first category they announce, but I'm quite happy. Waltz was fantastic and this is deserved.
Amy Adams - The Master
Sally Field - Lincoln
Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook
Thoughts: The biggest shoo-in of this year, I think. Great performances all, but this was Hathaway's lock.
Amour - Michael Haneke
Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino
Flight - John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal
Thoughts: Whoa! Big surprise here, expected either Zero Dark Thirty or Amour, but not Django. That said, I loved Django, I'm happy to see Tarantino win. I think it's a brilliant script, great work Tarantino!
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
Thoughts: Not a surprise, but not my pick. I was hoping for Zero Dark Thirty or Beasts of the Southern Wild, both of which I thought were better scripts than Argo. But, Argo is on a roll now, and pundits were predicting this win, so I can't be too surprised.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Thoughts: Interesting. So Pixar's Brave wins this year, which isn't really the popular choice. I'm fine with it, but I think many would've preferred Wreck-It Ralph. But it is still a Pixar film, right?
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
War Witch (Canada)
Thoughts: Yep, with all the love this got in nominations, I'm not surprised it won here.
Anna Karenina - Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained - Robert Richardson
Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda
Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall - Roger Deakins
Thoughts: Ah man! As much as I really, really wanted Roger Deakins to finally win this Oscar, especially for how stunning Skyfall is... I have to admit Life of Pi was a beautiful film and this is a good win anyway. Though I really wish it was Deakins...
5 Broken Cameras - Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi
The Gatekeepers - Dror Moreh
How to Survive a Plague - David France
The Invisible War - Kirby Dick
Searching for Sugar Man - Malik Bendjelloul
Thoughts: Yes! I just watched this recently and it's a fantastic, wonderful, awesome documentary. Great music, an incredible story, everything about it is outstanding. I'm glad it won, congrats to Malik.
Inocente - Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine
Kings Point - Sari Gilman & Jedd Wider
Mondays at Racine - Cynthia Wade & Robin Honan
Open Heart - Kief Davidson & Cori Shepherd Stern
Redemption - Jon Alpert & Matthew O'Neill
Adam and Dog - Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole - PES
Head over Heels - Timothy Reckart & Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare" - David Silverman
Paperman - John Kahrs
Thoughts: Congrats! This was my pick, I love Paperman, everything about it from score to the look is wonderful.
Asad - Bryan Buckley & Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys - Sam French & Ariel Nasr
Curfew - Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) - Tom Van Avermaet & Ellen De Waele
Henry - Yan England
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel's The Avengers
Snow White and the Huntsman
Thoughts: Expected to win, and it's a good one. Not The Avengers of The Hobbit, but Life of Pi. That tiger!
Anna Karenina - Sarah Greenwood (Production Design); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Dan Hennah (Prod. Design); Ra Vincent & Simon Bright (Set Dec.)
Les Misérables - Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration)
Life of Pi - David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
Lincoln - Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)
Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables - Paco Delgado
Lincoln - Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman - Colleen Atwood
MAKE-UP & HAIR:
Hitchcock - Howard Berger, Peter Montagna & Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater & Tami Lane
Les Misérables - Lisa Westcott & Julie Dartnell
Thoughts: No big surprise here, it was all about Hugh Jackman's beard! That was all it took, right?
Argo - William Goldenberg
Life of Pi - Tim Squyres
Lincoln - Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy & Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty - Dylan Tichenor & William Goldenberg
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Thoughts: Wait... what? We have a tie - both films just won an Oscar. You read that right. They both gave their own acceptance speeches too, which is rather interesting, but I'll take it. Two winners? Why not.
Anna Karenina - Dario Marianelli
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi - Mychael Danna
Lincoln - John Williams
Skyfall - Thomas Newman
Thoughts: Whoa! Life of Pi did win the Golden Globe as well, but wasn't exactly expecting this. I still was hoping that Cloud Atlas would've at least received a nomination, but Life of Pi is a solid win. Can't argue.
"Before My Time" from Chasing Ice - Music & 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
"Skyfall" from Skyfall - Music & Lyrics by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth
"Suddenly" from Les Misérables - Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer & Alain Boublil
Thoughts: So happy to see this finally win, have been pulling for Adele ever since first hearing this song!
D.A. Pennebaker, George Stevens Jr., Jeffrey Katzenberg
Final Thoughts: Another year, another Oscars. I didn't want Argo to win, but after the Best Director snub and Golden Globe win, it seemed to become nearly unstoppable. I think Zero Dark Thirty wasn't recognized enough, and Argo won too much, but there are a few justifiable wins tonight. I'm happy for Skyfall getting two Oscars, especially Adele, I'm very happy that Paperman won for Best Animated Short, and Ang Lee won for Best Director. Beyond that, these are the usual, expected winners - including Day-Lewis and Hathaway. No bold honest picks like Cloud Atlas (for Best Score) or Joaquin Phoenix, but we always have another year.
Chime in below as we continue to update this 2013 Oscars winners list live throughout the night and let us know if you're satisfied with this year's results (so far) and what your thoughts are on the actual Oscar ceremony with Seth MacFarlane and lots of show-stopping twists. Plus, of course, a big congratulations to all of this year's winners and the nominees as well! Thoughts on the 2013 Academy Awards winners?