The Oscar Winners – And The Oscar Goes To

The only day I woke early is today, living in India and The Oscar 2013 scheduled at 6.00AM in the morning, I had to wake up early to catch a glimpse of it. I had never woken up this early to watch The Oscar, I had a reason for this enthusiasm, 4 of my favorite movies were nominated for the Best Picture, first being Life of Pi closely followed by Argo & Amour.

The Oscar Trophy

I was surprised when I saw the nominations for Best picture, and I had uttered why were these movies got nominated, some weren’t that great to get nominated and definitely looked like production houses had spent huge amounts to get these unworthy movies to get nominated. I was surprised to see Suraj Sharma from Life of Pi not being nominated for Best Actor and how could they miss Kathryn Bigelow who directed Zero Dark Thirty, not being nominated for Best Director. It would not be a surprise if Spielberg’s Lobby muscle doesn’t get him the most Oscars this year for Lincoln, which I thought was mediocre.

The Oscar drama has unfolded, but I just started channel surfing as I am not interested to see the gimmicks and skits that are aired during Oscars. Ah! at last the award give out has started and the proceedings has begun

24. Next Oscar is for Best Picture, and who is reading out the Nominations list and giving an introduction to all the nominated is movies is none other than the Michelle Obama



“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

“Django Unchained”

“Les Miserables”

“Life of Pi”


“Silver Linings Playbook”

“Zero Dark Thirty”

And The Oscar goes to “Argo”, well some expected it some weren’t and I was definitely on the weren’t group, Was pinning my hopes on “Beasts of the Southern  Wild”, “Life of Pi” and “Amour”, but “Amour” lost it as soon as it won the “Best Foreign Film”.

Ben Affleck has to say: “I want to acknowledge Steven Spielberg, who is a genius. The other eight films have as much right to be here. I wanna thank Canada, our friends in Iran, my wife – for working on our marriage, it’s the best kind of work and there’s no-one I’d rather work with. I was here 15 years ago [when he won an award for writing Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon] and I had no idea what I was doing. I was just a kid. I never thought I would be back here – because of so many of you who are here tonight. You’ve taught me you have to work harder than you think you do. You can’t hold grudges. It doesn’t matter if you get knocked down in life; you’ve gotta get back up.” He’s choking back tears by the end.

23. Next Oscar is for Best Actor

Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”

Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

Denzel Washington, “Flight”

And The Oscar Goes to Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”, third Oscar for Daniel Day-Lewis. 

22. Next Oscar is for Best Actress

Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”

Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”

And The Oscar Goes to Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”. Oh Shit! I expected it to go to Quvenzhane Wallis or Emmanuelle Riva, this absolutely unbelievable.

21. Next Oscar is for Best Director

Michael Haneke, “Amour”

Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”

David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”

Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

And The Oscar goes to Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”, one of the favorites.  Ang Lee says, “Thank you, movie God. I really need to share this with all 3,000 who worked with me in Life of Pi. I wanna thank you for believing in this story, and sharing this incredible journey with me. Thanks to Yann Martell for writing this incredible book.”

20. Next Oscar is for Original Screenplay:

“Amour,” Michael Haneke

“Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino

“Flight,” John Gatins

“Moonrise Kingdom,” Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola

“Zero Dark Thirty,” Mark Boal

And The Oscar goest to “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino

 19. Next Oscar is for Adapted Screenplay:

“Argo,” Chris Terrio

“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin

“Life of Pi,” David Magee

“Lincoln,” Tony Kushner

“Silver Linings Playbook,” David O. Russell

And the Oscar goes to “Argo” Chris Terrio

18. Next Oscar is for Original Song:

“Before My Time” (from “Chasing Ice”) – Music and Lyric by J. Ralph

“Ted” (“Ted”) – Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane

“Pi’s Lullaby” (“Life of Pi”) – Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri

“Skyfall” (“Skyfall”) – Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth 

“Suddenly” (“Les Miserables”) – Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

And The Oscar goes to “Skyfall” (“Skyfall”) – Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth 

17. Next Oscar is for Original Score:

“Anna Karenina” – Dario Marianelli

“Argo” – Alexandre Desplat

“Life of Pi” – Mychael Danna

“Lincoln” – John Williams

“Skyfall” – Thomas Newman

And The Oscar Goes to “Life of Pi” – Mychael Danna. Yeah! Life of Pi is ahead of Lincoln, lets see what happens.

16. Next Oscar is for Production Design:

“Anna Karenina” -Sarah Greenwood (Production Design); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration)

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” – Dan Hennah (Production Design); Ra Vincent and Simon Bright (Set Decoration)

“Les Miserables” – Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration)

“Life of Pi” – David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)

“Lincoln” – Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)

And The Oscar goee to “Lincoln” – Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)

15. Next Oscar is for Film Editing:

“Argo” – William Goldenberg

“Life of Pi” – Tim Squyres

“Lincoln” – Michael Kahn

“Silver Linings Playbook” – Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers

“Zero Dark Thirty” – Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

And The Oscar goest to “Argo” – William Goldenberg, I was counting on Life of Pi.

14. Next Oscar is for Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, “The Master”

Sally Field, “Lincoln”

Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”

And The Oscar Goes to Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”, this is a no surprise, it was straight forward.

13.  Next Oscar is for Sound Editing

“Argo” – Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn

“Django Unchained” – Wylie Stateman

“Life of Pi” – Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton

“Skyfall” – Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers

“Zero Dark Thirty” – Paul N.J. Ottosson

And The Oscar goes to Zero Dark Thirty” – Paul N.J. Ottosson and “Skyfall” – Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers, this is a surprise.

12. Next Oscar is for Sound Mixing:

“Argo” – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia

“Les Mis rables – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

“Life of Pi” – Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin

“Lincoln” – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins

“Skyfall” – Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

And The Oscar goes to “Les Mis rables – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

11. Next Oscar is for Foreign Language Film:

“Amour” – Austria

“Kon-Tiki” – Norway

“No” – Chile

“A Royal Affair” – Denmark

“War Witch” – Canada

And The Oscar Goes to “Amour” – Austria , it was the most popular choice among critics and people, and is one among my favorites of 2012, and its chances to win the “Best Picture” goes down the drain. But a great news for Emmanuelle Riva, this win makes it easier for her to win the “Best actress” award.

10. Next Oscar is for Documentary Feature:

“5 Broken Cameras” – Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi

“The Gatekeepers” – Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky and Estelle Fialon.

“How to Survive a Plague” – David France and Howard Gertler

“The Invisible War” – Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

“Searching for Sugar Man” – Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn

And The Oscar Goes to “Searching for Sugar Man” – Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn. I was able to watch 3 out of the five,but unfortunately hadn’t had a chance to see the winner, earlier my pick was “5 Broken Cameras”.

9. Next Oscar is for Documentary Short Subject:

“Inocente” – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

“Kings Point”- Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider

“Mondays at Racine” – Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan

“Open Heart” – Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern

“Redemption” – Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

And The Oscar Goes to “Inocente” – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

8. Next Oscar is forShort Film – Live Action:

“Asad” – Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura

“Buzkashi Boys” – Sam French and Ariel Nasr

“Curfew” – Shawn Christensen

“Death of a Shadow” – Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele

“Henry” – Yan England

And The Oscar Goes to “Curfew” – Shawn Christensen

7. Next Oscar is for Makeup and Hairstyling:

“Hitchcock” – Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” – Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane

“Les Miserables” – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

And The Oscar Goes to Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for “Les Miserables”, no comments as this is out of my bounds, with a receding hair line and hate superficial touch.

Next, a tribute for Bond to celebrate the 50 years of 007 franchise, Shirley Bassey performs the Goldfinger theme.

6. Next Oscar is for Costume Design:

“Anna Karenina” – Jacqueline Durran 

“Les Miserables” – Paco Delgado

“Lincoln” – Joanna Johnston

“Mirror Mirror” – Eiko Ishioka

“Snow White and the Huntsman” – Colleen Atwood

And the Oscar Goes to Jacqueline Durran for “Anna Karenina”, no comments, but all the costumes looked the same.

5. next Oscar award is forVisual Effects: this is a very very tight one

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White

“Life of Pi” – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott

“Marvel’s The Avengers” – Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick

“Prometheus” – Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill

“Snow White and the Huntsman”  – Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

 And the Oscar Goes To “Life of Pi”. The Hobit and The Avengers were close runners. When I watched Life of Pi in 3D, was awestruck with effects and had rooted for to win in this category.

4. next Oscar award for Cinematography:

“Anna Karenina” -Seamus McGarvey

“Django Unchained” – Robert Richardson

“Life of Pi” – Claudio Miranda

“Lincoln” – Janusz Kaminski

“Skyfall” – Roger Deakins

And the Oscar Goes to “Life of Pi”, it was a favorite in this category.

3. Next is Animated Feature:

“Brave” – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

“Frankenweenie” – Tim Burton

“ParaNorman” – Sam Fell and Chris Butler

“The Pirates! Band of Misfits” – Peter Lord

“Wreck-It Ralph” – Rich Moore

And the Oscar Goes to “Brave”, seriously I hadn’t watched any of these movies, so no comments.

2. Next is Short Film – Animated:

“Adam and Dog”

“Fresh Guacamole”

“Head over Heels”

“Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare”


And The Oscar Goes to “Paperman”, a deserving short movie from Disney.

 1. Best Actor in Supporting Role

Alan Arkin, “Argo”

Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

And The Oscar goes to Christoph Walts, “Django Unchained” ; I sort of expected this and second fav was Philip Seymour Hoffman from “The Master” .



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