The Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences handed out honors at their yearly Academy Awards, Feb. 24, 2013, in Hollywood, Calif. The Academy Awards honors the finest in motion pictures and presents each winner with the coveted Oscar. The evening was hosted by “Family Guy” Seth MacFarlane and featured a musical theme.
“Argo” won top honors as it was named the Best Motion Picture of 2012. The film also took home an award for the film’s editing and a screenplay nod to writer Chris Terrio. Ang Lee’s visionary film “Life of Pi” actually earned the most Oscars of the evening. Lee won the honor as Best Director and the film was also honored for it’s score, cinematography and its visual effects.
The musical epic “Les Miserables” earned a total of three Oscars. Actress Anne Hathaway won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and the film was honored for Best Makeup and Hair Design and for Best Sound Mixing.
Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” was only able to win two out of the 12 categories it was nominated for, including a Best Actor Oscar to Daniel Day Lewis and recognition for the film’s production design.
Quentin Tarantino took home an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his film “Django Unchained.” And actor Christoph Waltz took home his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. His previous Oscar was for working in the Tarantino film “Inglorious Bastards.”
Jennifer Lawrence was the only winner from the film “Silver Linings Playbook.” The actress took home her first Academy Award for Best Actress for her role.
The newest James Bond Flick earned two Oscars. The first Oscar went to Adele and Epworth for Best Song and the film tied with “Zero Dark Thirty” for the Best Sound Editing Oscar.
“Amour” was victorious for Best Foreign Language Film, “Searching for Sugar Man” was the winner for Best Documentary Feature and Pixar’s “Brave” took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
All in all, the evening was mix of awards going to various films and not one the most exciting Oscars in history. MacFarlane seemed to have difficulty with being on the large stage and I would be really surprised if he ever returns to it.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com