List of 2013 Oscar winners

The 2013 Oscar acting winners - Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway and Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz
The 2013 Oscar acting winners – Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway and Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz

The 2013 Oscars are in the books and now we’re thankfully a full-year away from serious dramas and period-piece films until at least August. There were some surprises and other expected moments so here’s one final look at this year’s winners and my random thoughts.

Ben Affleck celebrates Argo winning 2013 Best Picture Oscar

BEST PICTURE

Amour
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django UnchainedLes MisérablesLife of Pi
LincolnSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark Thirty

*”Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty” seemed to be the favorites in early December, but Ben Affleck’s “Argo” became the runaway favorite picking up steam in January collecting most major awards to the point that it’s win seemed a foregone conclusion. You have to appreciate Affleck’s grateful and heartfelt acceptance speech

Daniel Day-Lewis wins his third Oscar for best actor

BEST ACTOR

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

**Speaking of foregone conclusions. There was never really any chance of anyone winning this award. So much so that Meryl Streep didn’t even need to open her envelope to know this was all Day-Lewis’ moment. How surprisingly great and funny was his acceptance speech and who saw that coming? And while he didn’t take Oscar home last night, Jackman did win Best Gentleman of the night for trying to help up a less than graceful winner.

Oscar 2013 Jennifer Lawrence accepts the award for best actress

BEST ACTRESS

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

** Unlike the Best Actor race there was some legitimate drama in this category as it seemed a toss-up as to whether Chastain and Lawrence would end up holding Oscar at the end. For Lawrence, this was a remarkable accomplishment and following her second nomination, she seems destined to be accepting awards for a long, long time.

2013 Oscar Best Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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

** This was the other no-brainer award to the point that Field joked about it in a skit with host Seth MacFarlane.

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

** Every nominee had a rightful claim to this one, but it was still somewhat of a surprise that Waltz won considering he’d so recently won the award in 2009 for “Inglourious Basterds.” De Niro on the other hand, hadn’t been nominated since 1992’s “Cape Fear.”

2012 Oscar Best Director Ang Lee

BEST DIRECTOR

Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Behn Zeitlin, “Beast of the Southern Wild”
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”

** This was undoubtedly the most controversial award come nomination time with many feeling that Affleck was slighted paving the way for an easy Spielberg win, but someone forgot to tell Academy voters. Lee’s “Life of Pi” had an unexpectedly great night winning four Oscars capped off by Lee’s second Best Director Oscar.

Quentin TarantinoBEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Amour”
“Django Unchained”
“Flight”
Moonrise Kingdom
“Zero Dark Thirty”

**I figured the Academy would steer clear of seemingly endorsing a film about slavery, but that wasn’t the case as this win gave Quentin Tarantino his second Best Original Screenplay (1994’s “Pulp Fiction”). While I didn’t love the film, it definitely embraced the out of the box ORIGINAL thinking spirit of the award. I still think Rian Johnson should have gotten a nomination if nothing else for “Looper.”

Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar AnimationMerida follows a Wisp.
Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation
Merida follows a Wisp.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

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

** This won for having the Pixar brand attached to it, not because it was the best animated film in the category.

85th Annual Academy Awards - ShowBEST 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

**I’m hoping Adele does every Bond theme song until she retires from now on.

Life Of PiBEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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

**Another of “Life of Pi’s” big wins. Hopefully this means, filmmakers will put more effort into their 3D productions now seeing that their hard work will be rewarded.

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