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2013 Oscar Highlights: Dancing and Tripping Stars, Eloquent Acceptance Speeches and More; Show Scores 40.3 Million Viewers UPDATED

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 25, 2013 at 12:06PM

The 2013 Oscars held many noteworthy moments, including the race's sixth tie in history, and the six major category wins all going to different films. It also saw plenty of song belting, some charmingly old-school dance numbers and moving speeches from award recipients. Below, video highlights from the night, updated ratings info and more.
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Jennifer Lawrence accepting her Best Actress Oscar
Jennifer Lawrence accepting her Best Actress Oscar

The 2013 Oscars held many noteworthy moments, including the race's sixth tie in history, and the six major category wins all going to different films. Full list of winners here. It also saw plenty of song belting, some charmingly old-school dance numbers and moving speeches from award recipients. Below, video highlights from the night, updated ratings info and more.

UPDATE: In terms of ratings, ABC originally reported a 4% gain in show viewership, which has now been amended to a 2% increase, making the 2013 telecast the best since 2010. The show averaged a 26.6 rating, or an average of 40.3 million viewers, reports the LA Times. It also scored on social media, with 13.3 million interactions on February 24. Love or hate host Seth MacFarlane, he did help to pull in that cherished 18-49 demographic, with an 11% ratings boost in that group.

Nate Silver, who used his statistical election strategy to predict the Oscars, only accurately guessed four out of the six major categories -- he went wrong with Best Director (predicting Spielberg when Lee took home gold) and Supporting Actor (opting for Tommy Lee Jones when Christoph Waltz won -- see video below).

Meanwhile, TOH's Anne Thompson received a winning Oscar pick performance of 84% accuracy on Gold Derby, proving that professional Oscar prognosticators can often bring more to the race than the mathematical tools used by staticians. A little experience and intuition -- and listening to Academy voters -- goes a long way.

Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest Oscar nominee in history, is adorable on the red carpet:

Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron engage in some ballroom dancing, with host Seth MacFarlane singing:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe do some soft-shoe, while MacFarlane sings:

Christoph Waltz receives his second Supporting Actor Oscar, here for "Django Unchained":

Ang Lee wins Best Director for "Life of Pi," thanks God and his wife:

Jennifer Lawrence wins Best Actress for "Silver Linings Playbook," and trips on her way to the stage:

Daniel Day-Lewis accepts his award for Best Actor, and charmingly teases Meryl Streep:

Michelle Obama announces Best Picture:

"Argo" wins Best Picture, Grant Heslov and Ben Affleck give equally moving and eloquent acceptance speeches:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.