'Argo' after all: Historical drama wins Best Picture; 'Silver' nets only Best Actress

McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE Anne Hathaway took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "Les Miserables."
McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE Anne Hathaway took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in "Les Miserables."
Posted: February 26, 2013

HEAVILY FAVORED "Argo" won the Academy Award for best picture last night, but there was a silver lining for Philadelphia.

Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for her role as a troubled widow determined to woo a bipolar man (Bradley Cooper) in "Silver Linings Playbook." The shot-in-Philadelphia movie had earned eight nominations - this was the only win.

The excited 22-year-old Lawrence tripped on her way to the stage.

"I feel bad that I fell. This is really embarrassing. This," she said, looking at her new Oscar, "is nuts."

Jack Nicholson presented the Best Picture award to "Argo" director Ben Affleck and producer George Clooney; first lady Michelle Obama introduced the nine nominated pictures and announced the winner.

Daniel Day-Lewis won the Oscar for Best Actor for his title role work in "Lincoln," portraying the president as a driven pragmatist determined to engineer the passage of the 13th Amendment. "Lincoln" also won for best production design.

"Les Miserables" star Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress. The movie also received Oscars for its makeup and sound mixing.

Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for his role as a slavery-era bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino's neo-western "Django Unchained," topping Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook" and favorite Tommy Lee Jones in "Lincoln." This was Waltz's second Oscar - he won for his supporting role in 2009's "Inglourious Basterds," also written and directed by Tarantino.

Ang Lee won Best Director for "Life Of Pi," his second Oscar win - he won previously for directing "Brokeback Mountain."

Chris Terrio won Best Adapted Screenplay for "Argo," beating David O. Russell and "Silver Linings Playbook" adapted by the novel written by former Haddonfield teacher Matthew Quick.

Tarantino won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for "Django Unchained," the story of a freed slave who ventures into the Deep South to free his wife.

"Inocente," backed by Eagles owners Jeffrey Lurie and Christina Lurie, who served as executive producers, won the award for Best Documentary Short. It profiles a San Diego teen who uses art to lift herself out of homelessness. You can check it out on iTunes.

The Best Documentary Feature award went to "Searching for Sugarman," the story of the unlikely career of singer/songwriter Rodriguez, whose music has been resurrected by the film. He'll be at the Keswick April 9 and 10.

"Life of Pi" won Best Cinematography, Best Score and Best Visual Effects. There was a quirk in the voting for Best Sound Editing - a tie. "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall" each won an Oscar in that slot.

Disney/Pixar swept the animated categories. "Brave" won Best Animated Film, "Paperman" won Best Animated Short Film.

Former Bond girl Halle Berry introduced a segment celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, featuring the apparently ageless Shirley Bassey, who sang "Goldfinger." Her standing ovation was the emotional high point of the evening. Barbra Streisand sang "The Way We Were" in honor of the late Marvin Hamlisch. Adele performed the title song from "Skyfall," which won the academy award for Best Song.


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