85th Academy Award Winners

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oscarsYesterday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honoured the best of 2012 in film, announcing the winners of the Academy Awards.

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