It was a big night for movie lovers in Fresno tonight as the winners of this year’s Academy awards have been revealed, after over a month of speculation since the nominees were first announced. Hosted by Seth McFarland, this year’s awards saw a wide assortment of films take hope high honors and and even a few surprises as well.
Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, took home the top honor tonight by being awarded Best Picture of the year (announced by First Lady Michelle Obama no less). The film also won for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Winning Best Actor in a Leading Role tonight was Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance in Lincoln, making him the only actor to win the award three times, his previous two victories being for his performances in My Left Foot (1989) and There Will Be Blood (2007).
The award for Best Actress in a Leading Role went to Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence beat out a list of extremely talented actresses, including 9-year old Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest actress to ever be nominated for the award.
The award or Best Actor in a Supporting Role went to Christoph Waltz for his strong performance in Django Unchained.
Winning for Best Actress in a Supporting Role this year was Anne Hathaway for her powerful and emotional portrayal of Fantine in Les Misérables.
The title of Best Director this year went to Ang Lee for his latest film Life of Pi, which also took home the awards for Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Score by Mychael Danna.
Les Misérables also took home the awards for Best Makeup and Best Sound Mixing. Likewise, Lincoln also claimed the award for Best Production Design, and Quentin Tarantino won the award for Best Original Screenplay for Django Unchained.
A surprise came this year when two films–Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall–tied for the award for Best Sound Editing. Skyfall also won for Best Original Song, “Skyfall,” by Adele Adkins.
Rounding out the technical categories, Anna Karenina was awarded for Best Costume Design.
Armour was recognized as Best Foreign Film this year, while Disney and Pixar’s Brave won for Best Animated Film.
Searching for Sugar Man won for Best Documentary Feature, while Inocente was awarded for Best Documentary Short.
Winning for Best Live Action Short Film tonight was Curfew, while the award for Best Animated Short Film was given to Paperman, which played before screenings of Wreck-It Ralph, and was the first animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win the Academy Award since 1969’s It’s Tough to Be a Bird.
This examiner would like to personally congratulate all of the winners and nominees of this year’s awards and eagerly looks forward to whatever other great films we can look forward to next year at the movies.