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Oscar Analysis: Why 'Argo' Beat 'Lincoln' and More on Oscar's Winners and Losers

by Anne Thompson
February 25, 2013 1:30 PM
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Silver Linings Playbook

Best motion picture of the year

     "Argo" Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
Performance by an actor in a leading role

    Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"
Performance by an actor in a supporting role

    Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained"

Performance by an actress in a leading role

    Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook"

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

    Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables"

Best animated feature film of the year

     "Brave" Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
    Achievement in cinematography

    "Life of Pi" Claudio Miranda
Achievement in costume design

     "Anna Karenina" Jacqueline Durran
Achievement in directing

     "Life of Pi" Ang Lee
Best documentary feature

    "Searching for Sugar Man"
Best documentary short subject

    "Inocente" Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Achievement in film editing

    "Argo" William Goldenberg

Best foreign language film of the year

     "Amour" Austria
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

     "Les Misérables" Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

    "Life of Pi" Mychael Danna
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

    "Skyfall" from "Skyfall"  Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Achievement in production design

    "Lincoln" Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Best animated short film

    "Paperman" John Kahrs
Best live action short film

    "Curfew" Shawn Christensen
Achievement in sound editing

    "Skyfall" Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
     "Zero Dark Thirty" Paul N.J. Ottosson
Achievement in sound mixing

      "Les Misérables" Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Achievement in visual effects

      "Life of Pi"  Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
Adapted screenplay

    Argo" Screenplay by Chris Terrio
Original screenplay

   "Django Unchained" Written by Quentin Tarantino

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  • Denis McKeown | February 27, 2013 10:23 AMReply

    As a Director, Affleck should have known better than to cast himself as the Hispanic leading man. It was probably the Hispanic and short character of the leading man that contributed to the success of the operation in the first place! And Hispanic actors need every opportunity to get them selves seen as Leading characters! Shame, shame, shame, Director Affleck!!!

  • Tommy Wiseau | February 26, 2013 12:15 AMReply

    I honsetly believe that "Argo" would have won the BP oscar, even without Affleck's snub. It did win the Best Picture awards at the Critic's choice, and the Globes. Either way, this was a great year for movies and will easily go down as one of the best ever.

  • cadavra | February 25, 2013 6:24 PMReply

    Sorry, but in no known universe could PLAYBOOK be considered a romantic comedy. It's a dark drama with some humorous moments and a feel-good finale, but that doesn't make it a "comedy." Hell, even Billy Wilder said he never considered THE APARTMENT a comedy, and that was a hell of a lot funnier than PLAYBOOK!

  • sergio | February 25, 2013 2:22 PMReply

    Argo won because it makes Hollywood look good and anything that makes Hollywood looks good those self centered Oscar voters love. But I agree with what one person said that back during the 70's movies like Argo were a dime a dozen. Gone Baby Gone and The Town were WAY better than Argo which is O.K. but nothing more.

    Silver Linings Playbook was the other "what the hell are people making such a big fuss about?" movie. The main message of the film is that if you have a mental illness falling in love with a cute chick can cure it. Aside from being totally predictable 50 years ago the exact same movie would have starred Jack Lemmon and Kim Novak and would have been a better film to boot too

  • kevin | February 25, 2013 1:55 PMReply

    "Moonrise Kingdom" was not nominated for Best Picture.

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