By Fab Poller:
This was a year of serious topic movies rooted in American histoy and its own demons. From political and conlifictual relationships with Iran, but still surprisingly apolitical in its treatment (Argo) the fight against terrorism (Zero Dark Thirty) to slavery (Django; Lincoln)
But also universal themes: Old age and death (Amour) and the crushing weight of poverty and despair (Les misérables). The 2013 Oscars race was possibly one of the most open for years but in the end, it was again a night with few surprises.
As it is the case every year the Academy provided us with its “Oscar snub list”: absence of nomination (or any prize for the matter) for Paul thomas Anderson’s “The Master”, for Kathryn Bigelow in the best Director category (Bigelow previously won the Best Direcor Prize for ‘The Hurt locker” and became the first woman to ever win in this category) Jamie Foxx in Django and Ben Affleck in the Best Direcor category etc.
The evening’s first surprise (but was it?): Christoph Waltz. Over such contenders as Robert De Niro (for “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Tommy Lee Jones (for “Lincoln”), the Austrian actor scored his second Oscar in four years, both times for bringing a voluble Quentin Tarantino character to life like no one else could. This time he was cast as a soft and well-spoken bounty hunter in the American south.
As for the “Best actress prize in a leading role prize”; The Academy seem to have favored youth and beauty over the depth of performance and authenticity that often comes with age: it went to Jennifer Lawrence. This was her first Oscar win (she was nominated previously for “Winter’s Bone “).
Daniel day Lewis made history by becoming the first person to win the Best actor prize. He received his third oscar for his phenomanal peformance as President Lincoln in Steven spielberg’s “Lincoln”
While it was Ben Affleck’s big night (although the Academy for some very odd reasons failed to nominate him for “Best Director”), Argo got the Best Film picture. Affleck paid tribute to the “genius” Steven Spielberg, who (sadly) lost out in the same category.
Best Picture: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty Winner: Argo (Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney)
Best Director: Amour (Michael Haneke), Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin), Life of Pi (Ang Lee), Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell), Lincoln (Steven Spielberg) Winner: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, Denzel Washington Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhané Wallis, Naomi Watts Winner: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christophe Waltz, “Django”
Best Animated Short Film: “Paperman”
Best Animated Feature Film: “Brave”
Achievement in Cinematography: “Life of Pi,” Claudio Miranda
Achievement in Visual Effects: “Life of Pi”
Achievement in Costume Design: “Anna Karenina,” Jacqueline Durran
Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling: “Les Misérables”
Best Live-Action Short Film: Curfew
Best Documentary Short Subject: “Inocente”
Best Documentary Feature: “Searching for a Sugar Man”
Best Foreign-Language Film: “Amour”
Achievement in Sound Mixing: “Les Misérables”
Achievement in Sound Editing: TIE! “Zero Dark Thirty” & “Skyfall”
Achievement in Film Editing: “Argo”
Achievement in Production Direction: “Lincoln”
Original Score: “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna
Original Song: “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth
Adapted Screenplay: “Argo,” Chris Terrio
Original Screenplay: “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino