2013 Academy Awards Winners - 'Argo' & Ang Lee Take Top Prizes

February 24, 2013

85th Academy Awards

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.

Argo directed by
Ben Affleck
Ang Lee
Ang Lee for
Life of Pi
Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook

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.

Winner! Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
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
Winner! 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
Winner! 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
Winner! 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.

Winner! 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
Winner! 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
Winner! 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!

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

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.

Winner! Pixar's Brave
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

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?

Winner! Amour (Austria/France)
Kon-Tiki (Norway)
No (Chile)
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
Winner! 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
Winner! 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.

Winner! 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
Winner! 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
Winner! 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
Winner! 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)
Winner! Lincoln - Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)

Winner! Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables - Paco Delgado
Lincoln - Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman - Colleen Atwood

Hitchcock - Howard Berger, Peter Montagna & Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater & Tami Lane
Winner! 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?

Winner! 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

Winner! Les Misérables
Life of Pi

Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Winner! Skyfall
Winner! 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
Winner! 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
Winner! "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!

Winner! 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?

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just a random suggestion. Would it make more sense if you listed the categories in chronological order, in terms of winners announced?

bat0u on Feb 24, 2013


Well done, Seth. A couple gags fell flat, and musical performances aren't for everyone, but it was very enjoyable. "Adele's out there screaming her song at everybody." Gold. -Brave was great, but it should have been outstanding. That bear subplot cheapened the emotion with goofy slapstick humour. -I think those ILM boys deserved the win for their work on Avengers. Pi had a lot of work, but it was more noticable aside the live action elements. -Streisand was absolutely unbelievable. I'm also glad that Norah got to present, since Best Friend sadly had no chance, despite being a great song. -I guess Lawrence was a brave choice, I would bet that the pressure to make history with the youngest winner ever was great. I'll have to see SLP... -Glad that Argo won, that's good karma for that director snub that everyone was complaining about.

OfficialJab on Feb 24, 2013


Thank you for this. Someone always has something negative don't they? 😉

daphne on Feb 24, 2013


Such bullshit that Wreck-it Ralph didn't win!

Zade_92 on Feb 24, 2013


i'm with you, Ayotunde. Other than 'Ralph'... the best animated feature of the year.

Duane on Feb 24, 2013


I thought Hotel Transylvania was fantastic also

Cody W on Feb 25, 2013


How did Frankenweenie get a nomination?!

Chris Amaya on Feb 24, 2013


thanks for share....

city on Feb 24, 2013


Dear Alex Billington, RE PIXAR: That's exactly what I thought! Brave was such a butt of jokes even upon release, because as the Huffinton Post said, Cheers. Eagerly awaiting Best Pic (and why wasn't Mr Afflec nommed for Best Dir?!).

Lizziebeth-1_IMDb on Feb 24, 2013


Im so hung up on the idea if TED was edited in there or not, he looked so real!

Zade_92 on Feb 24, 2013


His suit didn't look too great. I'm wondering if it was just a rear-projection. Like Tupac and Hatsune Miku.

OfficialJab on Feb 24, 2013


I like how both the guys who tied for sound editing had similar hairstyles, I believe they were in kahootz together.

Zade_92 on Feb 24, 2013


So far I like all the winners...except for Brave...that wasn't deserving, imo.

Xerxexx on Feb 24, 2013


Yep, I'd say Paranorman or Wreck It Ralph were way better man.

Carpola on Feb 25, 2013



Xerxexx on Feb 25, 2013


I'm Gunna WreckiT! My kid loves it.

Carpola on Feb 25, 2013


“I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me."

Xerxexx on Feb 26, 2013


Thanks to the Academy for all the bs politics. Ang Lee did not deserve best picture and Jennifer Lawrence did not deserve best actress.

Andrew on Feb 24, 2013


Which politics got Ang Lee the win? That was quite surprising. I can see corporations pulling to get a 'Best Actress Winner' on all future Lawrence film ads, but that's just conspiracy BS. I didn't see the film, and the ads hadn't convinced me, but that clip was impressive.

OfficialJab on Feb 24, 2013


No Zero Dark thirty as Best Picture, please!! Had enough of this sh** from Hurt Locker!

Yukk on Feb 24, 2013


What no thoughts about Jennifer Lawrence winning?

ocp on Feb 24, 2013


Wow did you actually delete my comment about posting thoughts about Jennifer Lawrence?

ocp on Feb 24, 2013


Not sure what comment you're referring to? Don't believe we've deleted any here from here... If it has a link, it'll need to be approved. Try again? Sorry.

Alex Billington on Feb 24, 2013


so happy that Waltz and Tarantino got an oscar. Really loved Django Unchained and Dicaprio's scary performance 🙂

Redguy on Feb 24, 2013


Love that Brave won!!!

Manuel Alejandro Vargas Perez on Feb 24, 2013


Are the Oscars rigged this year or everyone in the academy voted for Affleck and Tarantino for their snubs??? If Affleck and Tarantino were nominated for the director category I dont think they would've won anything. You be the judge. Both deserve the wins in my playbook (no pun intended). IMHO I think everyone voted for them because they deserved something if not best director. This year the winners were almost evenly divided. So many great movies this year. Just like the Superbowl....A nations presidential nomiation...or even some "....... Idol" competition, someones got to go home a winner.

Gangnam Hottie Yoonjung on Feb 24, 2013


skyfall should have won for cinematography.

lshannel on Feb 24, 2013


I died a little bit inside when it didn't.

$45974493 on Feb 25, 2013


Way to go Academy for that bit of awkwardness during the Visual Effects nomination and Ang Lee for thanking his lawyer instead of the people that made his vision happen at all.

RH on Feb 24, 2013


Ang Lee thanked a bunch of people, including those who made his vision happen, like all the people he worked on location with, the studio, cast, crew, he thanked them all. He even thanked his wife. And why not thank his lawyer? He probably had some part to do with the movie.

$45974493 on Feb 25, 2013


He thanked the outsourced workers from Asia. In case some of you guys didn't know - there was a VFX protest outside Oscars beforehand. Visual fx artists are overworked and underpaid, and the studio that made VFX for Life of Pi went bankrupt. When they tried to say something about it, they got cut off by the Jaws theme song. Ang Lee could've acknowledge their existence a little more at least. He didn't. I understand this is not common knowledge, it hasnt been covered well by the mass media for one reason or another. Things is, people laughing at the play off music don't realize that the folks who made Life if Pi don't have jobs anymore.

Anonymous on Feb 25, 2013


Ok, but you're making two arguments here. You're complaining about Ang Lee not thanking enough people (Which I responded to) not about the VFX issue but if you wanna get technical... skip to 3:30

$45974493 on Feb 26, 2013


Sure, this wasnt the live-speech when he won the awards, which is the one I'm talking about. I dont know when this was (behind the curtain? after-party? immediately after they were walking out of the hall?) It certainly wasnt the one millions saw when he wont the category and walked up to accept the award. 2 - What a backhanded "thanks" speech, if it even was a thank you speech. "it's very expensive". Of course it takes money dammit. Can you shoot Avatar in 5 days with 5 people total (crew and cast)? Can you shoot any of this years Oscar nominated films in 5 days with 5 people? No. Obviously you cannot. It takes time and people to make these things. Yet they have a huge disconnect when they view visual effects. Doing visual effects is like making a film. It takes time and it takes skilled and talented people, which you can't just give them cookies and milk in exchange of hours and hours of work. I'm really not trying to get into any big arguments or anything, It's probably the internet not translating well what we're trying to say to each other. I understand you may be a fan and that's fine, but my industry is on the line and indirectly or not, he has some level of involvement in this, and his attitude towards this bothers me greatly.

Anonymous on Feb 27, 2013


I understand man, really hope everything somehow works out.

$45974493 on Feb 28, 2013


Confirmed: An original post by me that there were rumors that Ben Affleck was giving handjobs to the academy under the table for the last 6 months....those rumors were confirmed tonight. Gimme a fuckin break.

Cody W on Feb 24, 2013


I love the fact (oncoming sarcasm) that neither Daniel Day-Lewis nor QT didn't mention anything about the slave experience that was essentially the basis of both films in their acceptance speeches. That said.... DDL is a very talented performer and his range is beyond scary. Him and Streep should breed a buttload of little gold babies.

Duane on Feb 24, 2013


Shocker that Argo won - can't believe Hollywood would vote for a movie aggrandizing themselves. Argo was pretty good,but Best Picture good? Worst Best Picture winner since laughable Crash. Although Crash was fascinating in that it shows you how Hollywood thinks race relations work. Kind of like watching a Nazi movie and realizing how effed up those people were. There was more insightful commentary on race in America in 30 seconds of The Wire than that crap-fest Crash. Best Pic should have been Zero Dark Thirty, but too many Oscar voters couldn't vote for a torture scene. But they will give a standing ovation and an Oscar to child rapist Polanski. Way to stand for something Hollywood. Shameful.

AK on Feb 25, 2013


LOL. I got to agree with the ARGO self-aggrandization point, it makes sense. It was a good movie though, at least give it that. Easily in the TOP FIVE of 2012 conversation, no? I agree that ZERO DARK THIRTY should have won for Best Film though, as well as Jessica Chastain for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her five minutes chewing out Kyle Chandler's character was good enough for me.

DAVIDPD on Feb 25, 2013


Man, The Oscars are so predictable that it's not even fun to watch anymore. Shame. It use to be fun to watch.

IamSlave on Feb 25, 2013


Complete disagree with these choices. - Jennifer L??? Come on. Really? Oscar worthy performance? I surely thing not. - Waltz again. Playing the same thing again. Great. Not. Should have gone to Jac Phoenix who was amazing in the master. - That just lame Bond song. Is winning all the awards. Its such a lazy written song. I just dont get why it wins all the awards. Adele is meh and overrated, imo. - Lincoln. Yeah. It was a great performance but he already won 3 times. Was it THAT great? Not really sure. - Argo. Loved the movie but was it really an Oscar worthy movie? I mean think of the godfather, once upon a time in America, The Untouchables...these are Oscar calibre movies in my book. Im just really happy that Paperman won. Really well done and well deserved. I dunno, i really wasnt a fan of most that came out in 2012. Really hope '13 will be better. So far is has been terrible.

buzzfunk on Feb 25, 2013


Your just one negative dude.

Cody W on Feb 25, 2013


You think Joaquin Phoenix should have won for a category he wasn't nominated in? How was Waltz playing the same character (don't you dare just say, "THEY'RE BOTH GERMAN!!!") Regard Daniel Day-Lewis, do you think that because he's won before multiple times that his performance shouldn't be considered best of the year? (That's the award I knew was going to happen, but wished Joaquin Phoenix won). Jennifer Lawrence most definitely did give an Oscar worthy performance. You can tell because she won the Oscar. I agree about Paperman and Argo, though. And dude, it's February. It's rare that any thing good comes out by this point, and I think two good movies, (including one great one) have already come out. (Side Effects and Warm Bodies, Side Effects being the great one)

Greg dinskisk on Feb 25, 2013


LOL, BEST PICTURE :Argo......directed by Ben Affleck, give it up guys we all knew he directed it, he just wasn't nominated. It just wasn't his time

me on Feb 25, 2013


Hmm...48fps was the true looser of the night? Zero Oscars to The Hobbit, I'm not sure it should have gone home empty handed? Maybe the idea is to save it for the last installment, like with Return of The King? Btw, The First Lady handing out an Oscar for Argo was a bit...strange?

David Banner on Feb 25, 2013


Yeaaa, it's a little early for HFR right now I think... As I keep saying, we won't truly "get" HFR until Cameron makes Avatar 2 in 60FPS and that's not until, what, 2015/2016 maybe? Though I am excited to see the next two The Hobbit movies, which will still probably be the only two HFR movies the next few years. But I don't think using HFR alone will secure a win for any of them.

Alex Billington on Feb 25, 2013


roger deakins should have been the winner for best cinematography.... miranda is a genius but deakins is never recognized by the academy...

Nicolas Dalli Bortolot on Feb 25, 2013

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