Seth Macfarlane, who expectedly garnered controversy, did quite a good job of hosting with some questionable material. The ceremony overall was entertaining.
As many of came to expect, following its dominance of the precursors, Argo took out Best Picture, but there were a share of surprises (Lee, Waltz and Lawrence were named after some genuine suspense) too.
Moments like Daniel Day Lewis’ humble speech, and Jennifer Lawrence’s fall on the way to the stage will be remembered in Oscar history.
My predictions (I got 17 out of 21 correct) can be found here – http://www.graffitiwithpunctuation.net/2013/02/14/85th-academy-award-predictions/ – and the winners follow:
Best Pic: 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 Miserables
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo
Best Animated Film: Brave
Best Documentary Feature: Searching For Sugar Man
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
Best Cinematography: Life of Pi
Best Editing: Argo
Best Original Score: Life of Pi
Best Production Design: Lincoln
Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina
Best Original Song: Skyfall
Best Sound Mixing: Les Miserables
Best Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty/Skyfall
Best Make-up and Hairstyling: Les Miserables
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Best Documentary (short subject): Inocente
Best Animated Short Film: Paperman
Best Live Action Short Film: Curfew
I liked that the winners were spread across the board this year, even including a rare tie. This honours the strength of the field, with no film viewed to excel in every category. With the exception of Beasts of the Southern Wild all films nominated for Best Picture received an award. Life of Pi led all winners with 4; Argo picked up 3 and Lincoln, Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Skyfall each won 2. Lawrence was the lone winner for Silver Linings Playbook.
Andrew Buckle - follow Andy on Twitter here: @buckle22