Argo, a film about a fake movie, last night nabbed a very real prize: best picture at the Academy Awards. From the White House, first lady Michelle Obama joined actor Jack Nicholson to help present the final honor.
Argo, a film about a fake movie, last night nabbed a very real prize: best picture at the Academy Awards.
From the White House, first lady Michelle Obama joined actor Jack Nicholson to help present the final honor.
“There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right to be up here as we do,” director Ben Affleck said of the other best-picture nominees.
In share-the-wealth mode, Oscar voters spread the awards among a range of films — with Argo winning three trophies but Life of Pi garnering four.
Daniel Day-Lewis, 55, joined a select group of recipients with his third Oscar, earning best actor for his monumental performance as President Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War saga Lincoln.
He became the first three-time winner in the leading-actor category, having also been honored for My Left Foot (1989) and There Will Be Blood (2007).
Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, 22, triumphed in the big games of Hollywood, picking up best actress as a damaged soul in Silver Linings Playbook.
She was previously nominated for best actress in 2011 for Winter’s Bone.
Ang Lee, meanwhile, managed an upset as best director for the shipwreck story Life of Pi, taking the prize over Steven Spielberg, who had been favored for Lincoln.
In the supporting-actress race, Anne Hathaway went from propping up leaden sidekick James Franco at the Academy Awards two years ago to holding up a golden statue — for her role as a doomed mother turned prostitute in the musical Les Miserables.
“It came true,” said Hathaway, who had warm thanks for co-star Hugh Jack-man, with whom she once sang a duet at the Oscars when he took a turn as host.
Christoph Waltz won his second supporting-actor Oscar for a Quentin Tarantino film, this time as a bounty hunter in Django Unchained.
A veteran performer in Germany and his native Austria, Waltz was virtually unknown in Hollywood when Tarantino cast him as a gleefully evil Nazi in Inglourious Basterds (2009) — which won him his first Oscar.
Tarantino also won his second Oscar, for the original screenplay of Django.
“I have to cast the right people to make those characters come alive,” said Tarantino, who was tapped previously for writing Pulp Fiction.
“And, boy, this time, did I do it. Thank you so much, guys.”
Argo claimed the adapted-screenplay Oscar for Chris Terrio, who helped create a liberally embellished story based on an article about the rescue and part of a memoir by CIA operative Tony Mendez.
Terrio dedicated the award to Mendez, saying, “33 years ago, Tony, using nothing but his creativity and his intelligence, Tony got six people out of a bad situation.”
The foreign-language prize went to Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke for his old-age love story Amour, which had drawn a surprising five nominations.
The adventure Brave, from the Pixar Animation unit of Disney, was named best animated feature, giving Pixar films seven of the 12 Oscars since the category was added.
Oscar host Seth MacFarlane opened the show last night with a mildly edgy monologue that offered the usual polite jabs.
He included a poke at academy voters over the Affleck snub in the directing category.
“The story was so top-secret,” MacFarlane said, “that the film’s director is unknown to the academy!”