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Argo and the Other 2013 Oscar Winners

oscars01Despite the best predictions, the 85th Annual Academy Awards wound up being filled with a bit more tension than most people would have expected. The first upset came early in the evening as Best Animated Picture went a different way than a lot of people expected, and some surprises just kept coming. I know my Twitter feed was filled with fellow web critics commenting on how quickly some of their predictions fell apart, and I was certainly among them (11 out of the 18 categories I made predictions in).

In case you missed the broadcast and the millions of other websites out there carrying coverage of the film world’s major event, here’s a list of the nominees and winners in each category. Join us Monday night as we recap the night and give our takes on the winners, losers, and some of the big surprises to come out of the night, including reactions to Seth McFarlane’s polarizing stint as host.

2013 Academy Award Winners (85th Academy Awards)

Best Picture


Argo - WINNER!

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Les Miserables

Life of Pi


Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty



Michael Haneke - Amour

Ang Lee - Life of Pi WINNER!

David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook

Steven Spielberg - Lincoln

Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild


Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln - WINNER!

Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables

Joaquin Phoenix - The Master

Denzel Washington - Flight


Actress in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook - WINNER!

Emmanuelle Riva - Amour

Naomi Watts - The Impossible

Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild


Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin - Argo

Robert DeNiro - Silver Linings Playbook

Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master

Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln

Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained – WINNER!!


Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams - The Master

Sally Field - Lincoln

Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables – WINNER!

Helen Hunt - The Sessions

Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook


Animated Feature Film

Brave - WINNER!



The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Wreck-It Ralph


Writing (Original Screenplay)

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola - Moonrise Kingdom

Mark Boal - Zero Dark Thirty

John Gatins - Flight

Michael Haneke - Amour

Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained - WINNER!


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Tony Kushner - Lincoln

David Magee - Life of Pi

David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook

Chris Terrio - Argo - WINNER!


Visual Effects

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Life of Pi – WINNER!

The Avengers


Snow White and the Huntsman


Music (Original Score)

Anna Karenina


Life of Pi – WINNER!




Music (Original Song)

“Before My Time” – Chasing Ice (Music and Lyrics by J. Ralph)

“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” – Ted (Music by Walter Murphy; Lyrics by Seth MacFarlane)

“Pi’s Lullaby” – Life of Pi (Music by Mychael Danna; Lyrics by Bombay Jayashri)

“Skyfall” – Skyfall (Music and Lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth) – WINNER!

“Suddenly” – Les Misérables (Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil)


Production Design

Anna Karenina

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Les Misérables

Life of Pi

Lincoln- WINNER!



Anna Karenina - Seamus McGarvey

Django Unchained - Robert Richardson

Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda - WINNER!

Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski

Skyfall - Roger Deakins


Costume Design

Anna Karenina – WINNER!

Les Misérables 


Mirror Mirror

Snow White and the Huntsman


Documentary Feature

5 Broken Cameras

The Gatekeepers

How to Survive a Plague

The Invisible War

Searching for Sugar Man - WINNER!


Documentary Short Subject

“Inocente” - Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine - WINNER!

“Kings Point” - Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider

“Mondays at Racine” - Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan

“Open Heart” - Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern

“Redemption” - Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill


Film Editing

Argo - William Goldenberg - WINNER!

Life of Pi - Tim Squyres

Lincoln - Michael Kahn

Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers

Zero Dark Thirty - Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg


Foreign Language Film

Amour (Austria) - WINNER!

Kon-Tiki (Norway)

No (Chile)

A Royal Affair (Denmark)

War Witch (Canada)


Makeup and Hairstyling


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Les Misérables - WINNER!


Short Film (Animated)

“Adam and Dog” Minkyu Lee

“Fresh Guacamole” PES

“Head over Heels” Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly

“Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”" David Silverman

“Paperman” John Kahrs - WINNER!


Short Film (Live Action)

“Asad” Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura

“Buzkashi Boys” Sam French and Ariel Nasr

“Curfew” Shawn Christensen - WINNER!

“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)” Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele

“Henry” Yan England


Sound Editing (A tie!)


Django Unchained

Life of Pi

Skyfall - WINNER!

Zero Dark Thirty - WINNER!


Sound Mixing


Les Misérables - WINNER!

Life of Pi



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  • Doctor Rotten

    Do I have to say it? Yay! For Ang Lee winning Best Director with Life of Pi. Well deserved, if you ask me. Thankfully, Ben Afleck wasn’t nominated so he could win. Woot! LOL The cinematography, music and visual effects nods well deserved too. Rafe, go see this film!

    And! How about that TIE for Sound Editing. Wassup with that?

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