Argo wins Academy Award for best picture

Argo, the film about the Iranian hostage crisis, won the top prize at the Academy Awards Sunday in Los Angeles, beating Lincoln, which was widely expected to win.

Ben Affleck, Argo’s director and co-producer, thanked “everyone who had anything to do with the movie” in his acceptance speech.

First lady Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance from the White House toward the end of the ceremony. She praised the films that were nominated in the best picture category saying “they made us laugh and they made us weep.” She then announced the winner, Argo.

Daniel Day Lewis won the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln.

Jennifer Lawrence fell on the steps up to the stage to pick up her best acting Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook.

Ang Lee thanked the “movie god” when he edged out Steven Spielberg with Lincoln to win the best director prize for The Life of Pi.

Ann Hathaway won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in the musical Les Miserables, while Christoph Waltz picked up his second Oscar for his supporting role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. He won his first supporting acting prize in 2009 for his role as a Nazi in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.

Tarantino won the prize for best original screenplay for Djano Unchained.

Searching for Sugarman, the chronicle of a forgotten musician’s rediscovery took home the Oscar for best documentary.

The French-language film Amour won the best foreign language Academy Award.

This year’s show featured a film tribute to the so-called “Bond girls” who have appeared the five decades of the British super-spy James Bond films. Halle Berry, herself a “Bond girl” introduced the tribute. Afterwards, Shirley Bassey sang Goldfinger.

The Oscar winners are chosen by some 5,800 movie industry professionals who are members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Seth MacFarlane was the host of this year’s show.

Oscars winners list
Best Picture – “Argo” – Ben Affleck
Achievement in Directing – Ang Lee “Life of Pi”
Actor in a Leading Role – Daniel Day Lewis “Lincoln”
Actress in a Leading Role – Jennifer Lawrence “Silver Linings Playbook”
Actor in a supporting role – Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”
Actress in a supporting role – Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables”
Foreign Language Film – Amour – Michael Haneke (Austria)
Best Original Song – “Skyfall” – Adele Adkins and and Paul Epworth
Best Original Score – “Life of Pi” – Michael Danna
Original Screenplay – “Django Unchained” – Quentin Tarrantino
Adapted Screenplay – “Argo” – Chris Terrio
Animated Short Film – “Paperman”- John Kahrs
Animated Feature Film – “Brave” – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Cinematography – “Life of Pi”, Claudio Miranda
Visual Effects – “Life of Pi” – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
Achievement in Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran, for “Anna Karenina”
Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyle – Lisa Wescott and Julie Dartnell, for “Les Miserables”
Life Action Short Film: Shawn Christensen, for “Curfew”
Documentary Short Subject: Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, for “Inocente”
Documentary Feature: Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn, for Searching for “Sugar Man”


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