Every industry has its pinacle. Just as music has Grammy Awards and television has Emmy Awards, motion pictures have a spectacle of their own. On the 24th of February 2013, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed the worthy and zealous icons of motion pictures with the gold statuette – popularly known as the Oscar – to celebrate the chronicles of the greatest films of the year 2012.
Presided at the Dolby Theatre for the twelfth year in a row, the grand ceremony began with Steven Tyler and his band Aerosmith as they sang ‘Dream On’. An immense feeling of anticipation was filled in the nail-biting crowd as Family Guy creator and former animator for Hanna-Barbera, Seth MacFarlane hosted the show with his ‘jokes’ which surprisingly failed at making the spectators laugh. Taken in a negative sense and cited by critics as extremely sexist, distressingly racist and inappropriate for the minors, the failed attempt was not the only display that shocked the audience as this year’s Oscars once again snubbed Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg; who was unsuccessful at bagging the Academy Award for Best Director for his historical drama film, Lincoln.
The night of Academy Awards totally belonged to Ang Lee’s Life of Pi; nominated for eleven awards and winning four of them – more than any other film and including the one for Best Director. With expectations high and with key figures such Spielberg, Tommy Lee Jones and Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln became the highest nominated film of the year with twelve nominations but winning just two of them.
However, Day-Lewis became the most celebrated man of the ceremony as the 55-year old veteran won his third Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the 16th President of Unites States of America, Abraham Lincoln; earning the reputation of winning the most Academy Awards for Best Actor alongside Jack Nicholson. Speaking of Presidency and Jack Nicholson, the latter First Lady Michelle Obama presented the Oscar for Best Picture. Marking a visible hint that Lincoln might just win, the award took a drastic turn as it was bagged by Ben Affleck’s Argo.
Winning Grammies for a musician is a big deal and even a bigger deal is winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Adele – who secured the victory for her song Skyfall for sam Mendes’ Skyfall – was hardly able to thank the bond team for providing her the opportunity of becoming a member of 007 team.
Rolling Stone has not called Jennifer Lawrence the most talented young actress in the country for nothing as the 22-year old actress won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as the energetic widow Tiffany Maxwell in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook.
The ceremony had a fair share of fun moments of its own such as Daniel Day-Lewis’ wisecracks – which were surprisingly better than the host – and the dance number performed by MacFarlane, Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Nonetheless, the ceremony did manage to spice up controversy even before the inception due to a clear snub to Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to the Batman Trilogy The Dark Knight Rises and the winning of Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor by Christoph Waltz instead of Tommy Lee Jones for his role of Radical Republican Congressional leader Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln.
Apart from the true deservers, fan favourites Anne Hathaway and Brave won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as the distressed factory employee Fantine in Les Miserables and for Best Animated Feature, respectively.
Hopefully, if there is one thing anyone has surely learned from the 85th Academy Awards ceremony is that animation veteran and adult-humor trouper, MacFarlane’s comedic material might be accepted on his debatable television show but definitely never for an audience concerning a miscellaneous of ages.
Oscar Awards 2013 Winners Complete List
Here is a complete list of 85th Academy Awards winners:
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Director
Ang Lee for Life of Pi
Academy Award for Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
Academy Award for Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings of Playbook
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables
Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained
Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Chris Terrio for Argo from Joshuah Bearman’s The Great Escape
Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Academy Award for Best Documentary (Feature)
Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn’s Searching for Sugar Man
Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject)
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine’s Inocente
Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
Academy Award for Best Original Score
Mychael Danna for Life of Pi
Academy Award for Best Original Song
Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth for Skyfall
Academy Award for Best Sound Editing
Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for Skyfall
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Andy nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes for Les Miserables
Academy Award for Best Production Design
Rick Carter and Jim Erickson for Lincoln
Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi
Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for Les Miserables
Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina
Academy Award for Best Film Editing
William Goldenberg for Argo
Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan de Boer and Donald R. Elliott for Life of Pi