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Dalton Valete, Staff Reporter

Here are the results for the 85th Acadamy Awards, hosted by Seth MacFarlane.

Best Picture: Argo

Best Actor: Daniel Dy-Lewis (Lincoln)

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz  (Django Unchained)

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)

Best Animated Film: Brave

Directing: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)

Original Screenplay: Quentin Taratino (Django Unchained)

Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio (Argo)

Original Song: Adele “Skyfall” (Skyfall)

Foreign Language Film: Amour

Cinematography: Life of Pi

Costume Design: Anna Karenina

Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short: Incocente

Film Editing: Argo

Makeup and Hairstyling: Les Miserables

Music- Orignial Score: Life of Pi

Production Design: Lincoln

Short Film- Animated: Paperman

Short Film- Live Action: Curfew

Sound Editing: Skyfall AND Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Mixing: Les Miserables

Visual Effects: Life of Pi

 

This year yielded some surprises, nothing overall that made my jaw drop but quite a few that made me think “oh, wow.” Sound Editing ending in a tie was unique as a tie has only ever happened six other times in Oscar history. I was surprised that Brave beat out Wreck It Ralph for Best Animated Film, but that may be in part to my general dislike for Brave. Still, I do not feel Jennifer Lawrence should have won Best Actress. I mean, she is a fine actress, but was she really better than Jessica Chastain’s exhilarating turn in the overlooked Zero Dark Thirty and Naomi Watts’ harrowing portrayal in The Impossible? I personally don’t think so. The closest to a jaw dropper surprise of the evening was Ang Lee winning Best Director for Life of Pi over Steven Spielberg for Lincoln. That was a major surprise to me, and I imagine most everyone else, as Spielberg appeared to be the clear front runner with Ben Affleck being snubbed. And Affleck surely would have won Best Director if he had been nominated. Added onto that, I still don’t believe Argo was a better film than Lincoln or Zero Dark Thirty, or even Django Unchained for that matter. But in the end, it’s just a trophy. And, there’s always next year! (And perhaps for next year, the Academy could get a host other than Seth Macfarlane?)