Previous Oscar awards often had one obvious winner which took most of the prices, but the 85th Academy Awards – a.k.a. the Oscars – didn’t really have one winner. However, there were movies that lost a lot, especially Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which only won 2 of the 12 categories for which they were nominated. The Academy itself failed as well. For the first time sinds Driving Miss Daisy (1990), the best movie (Argo) wasn’t nominated in the category best director (Ben Affleck).
Before the by Seth MacFarlane introduced awards began (definitely worth the watch), the choice of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to NOT nominate Ben Affleck for his role as director for Argo raised some questions and criticism. Affleck won pretty much every award for Best Director on his other films. However, Argo did manage to win three prizes. Best Movie, Best Edited Script and Best Editing. So despite not winning Best Director, Affleck still seemed happy with what he won.
The price for Best Director went to Ang Lee for his colorful adaption of Life Of Pi (Yann Martel). The film won 4 Oscars in total, mainly in technical categories (the movie was absolutely stunning, so this didn’t really surprise us!).
The 85th Oscar Ceremony was an historic edition. Daniel Day-lewis won an award for Best Male Lead Performance for his role in Lincoln. He won this award three times (previously for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood), something no other actor ever managed to perform. His won for his role in Lincoln was therefore not very surprising.
Whereas the males had a clear winner, the Best Lead Female performance was a bit more closer together. Jennifer Lawrence won it eventually, for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. She was obviously shock by the news, because the fell on her way to the stage. She 22-year old actress won from her colleagues Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts Of The Southern Wild) and Noami Watts (The Impossible).
Best Supporting Role was obvious for the females. Anne Hathaway won it for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables. No surprises here. In the category Best Male Supporting Role, Christoph Waltz won for his role as Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained. If you haven’t seen this movie and the performance of Waltz, you should. What a great actor!
The best non-English movie was super obvious up front: it was gonna be Amour. And ofcourse, Amour won it. No surprises here. The movie was even nominated for Best Movie so. Brave was chosen as the best animation movie, where we expected Wreck It Ralph to win. But we guess it’s a matter of taste. Adele won the price for best soundtrack for her “Skyfall” theme. Again, opinions differ on this price, but we congratulate her anyway!
Best Film: Argo
Best Director: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Beste Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Male Support: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Best Female Support: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
Best Original Scenario: Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
Best Edited Scenario: Argo
Best Non-English Movie: Amour
Best Long Animation: Brave
Best Movie Music: Life of Pi
Best Song: Skyfall (Adele)
Best Camera: Life of Pi
Best Visuals: Life of Pi
Best Costums: Anna Karenina
Best Editing: Argo
Best Production Design: Lincoln
Best Sound Mixing: Les Misérables
Best Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty én Skyfall
Best Make-Up and Costumes: Les Misérables
Best Short Movie: Curfew
Best Short Animation: Paperman
Best Short Documentary: Inocente
Best Long Documentary: Searching for Sugarman