The 85th Annual Academy Awards (2013)

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The 85th Annual Academy Awards

(2013)

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The Oscars came to town once more, and brought with them the usual mixed bag of highs and lows, of spectacle and unbelievable culture shock. As ever the whole affair had the flavour of a shiny, cotton candy circus tent, filled with the beautiful and the tarnished (a sad passing of the baton between acting generations) sat side by side with the frightfully ordinary and downright freakish army of king for a day unknowns.. wide eyed Producers, Writers, Cameramen, Gaffers, 2nd assistant Directors, stunt coordinators, the guy who prostrated himself as a living footstool for Meryl Streep during lunch breaks.. all sewn into their ill fitting suits and desperately trying to look nonchalant about sitting three seats down from a God or Goddess. 

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OSCARS - 85th Academy Awards - Overview

Seth McFarlane

This year’s show fell a little flat, mostly due to its shiny, middling host, and lack of the usual drum-roll, witty opening piss take of the year in films. Instead, we were (treated?) to a series of lukewarm comedic songs, incongruous dance routines (even so, Charlize Theron did look rather stunning gliding about the stage), and a lacklustre barrage of twaddle from Seth Mcfarlane’s big bumper book of unfunnies. Digging out William Shatner didn’t drag back much more than an initial, ‘Oh, doesn’t he look old..’ reaction, and as for McFarlane’s ‘Now begins the task of trying to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh’ joke..  well.. he didn’t laugh a 2nd time, and nor did anyone else. 

Tommy Lee Jones laugh

Shatner

Taking as it’s theme this year,  ‘Music of the Cinema’, we were presented with a succession of  renditions by the great and the current, in various degrees of quality. There was a genuine thrill to see the old school magic of Streisand and Bassey, even at somewhat diminished power, the effect was still impressive and lasting. The modern contingents were somewhat lack lustre in comparison, with Norah Jones and Adele (far outshone by Paloma Faith at this years BAFTAS back across the water) running to catch up, and Jennifer Hudson  belting out something incoherent, with whoops and many curious hand gestures to the crowd (making damned sure everyone knew she ‘wasn’t miming’, after that tricky Beyonce inauguration business). Catherine Zeta Jones reenacted ‘All that jazz’, from Chicago, and though clearly not singing live,  did look fabulous and moved very impressively.. although I think we were all waiting for Renee Zellweger to show up at some point. The cast of ‘Les Miserables’ collectively sang their hearts out with ‘One day more’, and turned in the performance of the night, clearly illustrating that they were the true winners of Best Picture.

Shirlry Bassey

Les Mis

Am I the only one feeling more than a little mystified and downright suspicious of Argo’s success. I can’t quite shake the feeling that Ben Affleck had to do some serious ring kissing to Godfather George Clooney, and sign away his soul and god knows what else for a nice shiny statuette. Whatever the deal, it didn’t stretch to Best Director, since that of course would be plainly ridiculous, alongside such talented heavyweights as Tarantino, Ang Li and Kathryn Bigelow.. even so, Affleck still managed to give a ‘I won the jackpot!’ speech, whilst Godfather Clooney stood smugly alongside, ready to take possession of his soul once the curtain falls. I like Clooney, but the Academy are clearly working on finding a replacement for Jack Nicholson when he pops his clogs. Will it be old Hollywood charm Clooney, or their back-up cat who got the cream, Robert Downey Jnr.? Only time will tell who gets the spotlight, and more perks than the new Pope. Until then, they’ll both give that knowing nod to the cameras, emperors in the making. 

The Argo Conspiracy

Jennifer Lawrence falls as she walks up the steps to accept the award for best actress at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood

On the whole the awards themselves found reasonable enough homes, even if the Argo fiasco left a strange aftertaste on the cine-palette. The Best Supporting category brought Anne Hathaway and the exceedingly likeable Christoph Waltz recognition for two performances that somewhat outshone the Best Actor & Actress winners. Between Jennifer Lawrence’s tumble upon mounting the stage (with over 2 million hits on YouTube, that topple will no doubt prove as valuable a piece of self-promotion as the Oscar itself), and Daniel Day Lewis’ highly witty speech, the Oscars managed to recaptured some of that unexpected live magic that is guaranteed with even the lamest of hosts at the helm.

Anyway, here be the results:

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BEST MOTION PICTURE

Argo
Amour
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

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BEST DIRECTOR

David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Steven Speilberg – Lincoln
Michael Haneke – Amour
Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

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BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

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BEST ACTOR

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight

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Salma Hayek behind the scenes

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BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Amy Adams – The Master
Sally Field – Lincoln
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook

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BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Alan Arkin – Argo
Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
Phillip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Amour
Django Unchained
Flight
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

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BEST ADAPTED SCRENNPLAY

Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

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Kidman behind the scenes

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BEST ANIMATED FILM

Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

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BEST FOREIGN FILM

Amour (Austria)
Kon-Tiki (Norway)
No (Chile)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
War Witch (Canada)

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BEST DOCUMENTARY

5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

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Oscar Winner's Photocall

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BEST FILM EDITING

Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Anna Karenina
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

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BEST MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING

Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables

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Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis - 85th Annual Academy Awards, press room   85th Academy Awards, Portraits

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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel’s The Avengers
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman

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BEST SOUND EDITING
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

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BEST SOUND MIXING

Argo
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

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BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
“Skyfall” from Skyfall
“Suddenly” from Les Misérables

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Charlize Theron & Dustin Hoffman Presenting   85th Academy Awards, Backstage

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BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Best Animated Short
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
The Longest Daycare
Paperman

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BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew
Death of a Shadow (Dood Van Een Schaduw)
Henry

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BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

Inocente
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption

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85th Academy Awards, Portraits

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Salma Hayek - 85th Annual Academy Awards

THE RED CARPET

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Amanda Seyfried & Jessica Chastain 85th Annual Academy Awards  Anne Hathaway - 85th Annual Academy Awards

Catherine Zeta-Jones - 85th Annual Academy Awards  Charlize Theron - 85th Annual Academy Awards

85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals    Helena Bonham Carter - 85th Annual Academy Awards

Jennifer Lawrence - 85th Annual Academy Awards   Jessica Chastain - 85th Annual Academy Awards

85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals   Renee Zellweger - 85th Annual Academy Awards

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