Magazine article Screen International

Argo Wins Best Picture Oscar

Magazine article Screen International

Argo Wins Best Picture Oscar

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Argo took the best picture award in an Oscar ceremony that spread its prizes around, with Life of Pi taking four statuettes, Argo three and four other films two apiece.

Click here for the full list of winners (and nominees)

Besides winning the best picture Oscar, Argo also won in the film editing and adapted screenplay categories, making it, as predicted, the dominant film at the 85th Academy Awards.

Ang Lee was named best director for Life of Pi, which emerged as the evening's biggest multiple award winner, also taking the Oscars in the cinematography, original score and visual effects categories.

The best original screenplay Oscar went to Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained, whose Christoph Waltz was named best supporting actor.

Daniel Day-Lewis won the best actor award for his performance in Lincoln, which also took the Oscar for production design.

The best actress prize went to Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook.

Firm favourite Amour was named best foreign language film, Brave best animated feature and Searching for Sugarman best documentary feature.

Anne Hathaway took the best supporting actress Oscar for Les Miserables, which also won the makeup and hairstyling award.

Skyfall was the evening's other multiple winner, with Oscars for original song and sound editing.

Among studios, 20th Century Fox (with Fox Searchlight included) got the biggest tally, winning six Oscars from 31 nominations. Sony (with Sony Pictures Classics included) ended up with five wins from 24 nominations and Universal (including Focus and Working Title) four from 17.

Warner Bros got three wins from ten nominations, Working Title three from 12 and Walt Disney and the Weinstein Company each scored three from 17.

There were no major surprises among the award winners, though films with multiple nominations including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Master came away empty handed. And with the cinematography Oscar going to Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi, Roger Deakins, nominated for a tenth time for his work on Skyfall, missed out on the award yet again.

The sound editing category produced a tie (believed to be only the third in Oscar history), with awards going to the teams from both Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty.

The awards ceremony, held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, ran 30 minutes long and was mostly uneventful. First Lady Michelle Obama added a bit of excitement by appearing via satellite from the White House to help Jack Nicholson announce the best picture winner. And Anne Hathaway, Quentin Tarantino and Adele (who also performed her Skyfall song) were among the winners who gave emotional acceptance speeches. …

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