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: