Oscars 2013: ‘Argo’ wins best film award, Ang Lee best director

And the Oscar goes to

Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage drama “Argo” took home the Oscar for best picture, in a unique presentation done by Jack Nicholson in Hollywood and First Lady Michelle Obama by videolink.

“Argo” bested eight rivals for the top prize: “Amour,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” ” Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

On Nicholson’s cue, Obama — in a glittering silvery gown as stunning as any worn by the stars inside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood — opened the envelope at the White House and declared “Argo” the winner.

“I want to thank Canada. I want to thank our friends in Iran, who live under terrible circumstances,” said Affleck, a co-producer of the film, speaking at top speed in the very last minutes of the live prime-time Oscar broadcast.

“Argo” recounts how a group of US diplomats who took refuge in the Canadian embassy in Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis were spirited out of the Islamic republic as members of a bogus movie crew.

Putting all speculations to rest, director Ang Lee has won the best director award second time at the 85th Academy Awards. His ‘Life of Pi’, a fantasy adventure drama widely shot in India, has also won four Oscars, including best cinematography, best visual effects and best original score.

Here are the winners:

Best Picture Argo
Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Director Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Best Animated Feature Film Brave
Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)
Best Short Film Animated Paperman (director John Kahrs)
Best Short Film (Live Action) Curfew (Directed by Shawn Christensen)
Best Original Screenplay Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Best Adapted Screenplay Chris Terrio (Argo)
Best Original Song Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth (Skyfall)
Best Original Score Mychael Danna (Life of Pi)
Best Actor In A Supporting Role Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Best Visual Effects Life of Pi
Best Documentary Feature Searching For Sugarman
Best Documentary Short Inocente (Directed by Sean Fine, Andrea Nix)
Best Sound Mixing Les Miserables
Best Sound Editing Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall
Best Film Editing William Goldenberg (Argo)
Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Best Foreign Language Film Amour
Best Makeup & Hairstyling Lisa Westcott & Julie Dartnell (Les Miserables)
Best Production Design Lincoln
Best Costume Design Jacqueline Durran (Anna Karenina)

Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com,
Photo by courtesy: http://in.movies.yahoo.com


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