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"Argo" walks away with Best Picture

Writer: Elaine Ewe


Director Ben Affleck accepting the Oscar for "Argo", which took home the top prize as Best Picture.

25 Feb – It is no surprise that "Argo" ended up with the winner for the film industry's grand event with Best Picture, as it was a critics and fan favourite that won numerous awards prior to the 85th Oscars while Ang Lee took home his third Oscar trophy and his second Best Director Oscar for "Life Of Pi".

While "Life Of Pi" took home awards for Best Cinematography, Best Score, and Best Visual Effects, it was not really a movie that would have garnered Best Picture, considering the other contenders. Also unsurprisingly, Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for "Lincoln", which also marked his third time winning an Oscar while Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for "Silver Linings Playbook".

Other winners include Christoph Waltz as Best Supporting Actor for "Django Unchained" and Anne Hathaway as Best Supporting Actress for "Les Misérables", which made this year's Oscars fairly predictable.

From the winning films mentioned above, "Life Of Pi" and "Les Misérables" have already been shown at Malaysian cinemas, "Lincoln" is currently showing, while "Django Unchained" is slated for release this 14 March. The big winner for the night, "Argo", had not made it to our shores as of yet and no release plans have been made prior to the Oscars.

It is however possible that with the "Argo's" big win today, expected local distributor Warner Bros. Malaysia might consider bringing the movie over as a limited release screening similar to last year's Best Picture winner "The Artist", which was only brought over after it had won the honour; screening for a limited time during the French Film Festival which was held at GSC Cinemas.


(From left) 2013 Oscars' Best Actor in a Leading Role and his partner and Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Here's the full list of winners:

BEST PICTURE
"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 Misérables")

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino ("Django Unchained")

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio ("Argo")

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE
"Amour" (Austria)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
"Brave"

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"Searching For Sugar Man"

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
"Inocente"

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
"Lincoln"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Claudio Miranda "Life Of Pi"

BEST FILM EDITING
William Goldenberg ("Argo")

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Mychael Danna ("Life Of Pi")

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Skyfall" – Skyfall

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"Life Of Pi"

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
"Anna Karenina"

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
"Les Misérables"

BEST SOUND EDITING
"Skyfall"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

BEST SOUND MIXING
"Les Misérables"

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
"Paperman"

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE-ACTION)
"Curfew"

Cinema Online, 25 February 2013



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