Argo Goes Gold: Rundown of the Oscars 2013
Despite his controversial exclusion from the Best Director race this year, Ben Affleck had the last laugh at the 85th Academy Awards last night. Just before midnight, actor Jack Nicholson and First Lady Michelle Obama pronounced Affleck’s latest directorial effort Argo as the big winner of the prestigious Best Picture award. While Argo’s path to the award might have seemed like a smooth sail, especially with its wins at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, it was actually anything but.
Best Actor/Actress Victory:
Steven Spielberg’s formidable biopic Lincoln was perhaps a co-favorite (alongside Argo) for Best Picture. In the end, this film received an award it deserved: Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis’s astonishing turn as the titular sixteenth president. Playing Lincoln led Day-Lewis the first to ever win the Best Actor award three times. As Lincoln he captivated the Oscars audience by transforming into a legend of American history: “My wife Rebecca has lived with some very strange men,” Day-Lewis joked during his speech, referring to his reputation for completely transforming into the characters he portrays (most recently, he won the Oscar in 2007 for becoming an oil man Daniel Plainview in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood).
My personal favorite film of 2012 was Silver Linings Playbook, a dramatic romantic comedy starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. I was a little bit worried throughout the ceremony that this latest David O. Russell film might go home empty-handed, but thankfully Jennifer Lawrence saved the day with a Best Actress victory for her role as Tiffany Maxwell, edging out a record-breaking competition from the youngest-ever nominee Quvenzhané Wallis and the oldest-ever Emmanuelle Riva. Since her first nomination in 2011 for Winter’s Bone, Lawrence has considerably grown as a brilliant, expressive actress who packs an emotional punch. If you find yourself watching or re-watching Silver Linings Playbook in the near future (which I wholeheartedly urge you to do), keep an eye out for her spot-on facial expressions and body languages.
Best Supporting Actor/Actress:
The other two acting awards went to two equally-deserving stars from two drastically different films. Christoph Waltz won the Best Supporting Actor for playing Dr. King Schultz, the German dentist/bounty hunter, in Quentin Tarantino’s historical epic revenge fantasy, Django Unchained. Like Day-Lewis, Waltz steals every scene with his disarming style and endless charm, even in the face of the pure evil of the plantation owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Anne Hathaway’s victory for playing Fantine in Tom Hooper’s screen adaptation of popular musical Les Misérables was perhaps one of the least surprising moments of the night. Though Fantine does not get much screen time in Les Mis, Hathaway brings an incredible level of emotion to her tragic role.
The aforementioned Best Director race was controversial because it failed to recognize Ben Affleck (Argo) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) with nominations. The race eventually boiled down to a standoff between Ang Lee (Life of Pi) and Steven Spielberg (Lincoln). Lee took the prestigious award in the end, just as he had done in 2006 for Brokeback Mountain.
I would have given the award to David O. Russell, the man behind Silver Linings Playbook, but I am admittedly extremely biased toward that movie (Seriously, you really should go watch it right now. Okay, I’ll stop now. But please, go see it). Still, Lee did a great job of bringing Yann Martel’s imaginative masterpiece of a novel to life in beautiful, high definition 3D, completed with incredible CGI effects. As a member of the visual effects team for the film bluntly stated while accepting the award for Best Visual Effects, everything in the film (especially Richard Parker, the awe-inspiring tiger) looks so real, but it is—for the most part—completely fake.
Recap of Oscars 2013:
Oddly enough, this year at the Oscars six of the major awards were attributed to six different films: Argo for Picture, Lincoln for Actor, Silver Linings Playbook for Actress, Django Unchained for Supporting Actor, Les Mis for Supporting Actress, and Life of Pi for Director. This was a great way for the Academy to recognize all of the brilliant filmmaking of 2012. Some repetitions were finally seen in the Best Screenplay awards, with Quentin Tarantino’s award for his Original Screenplay for Django Unchained, and with Chris Terrio’s award for adapting the screenplay for Argo (Argo wasbased on an actual account of the Iran hostage crisis from former CIA operative Tony Mendez, played by Affleck in the film).
As for the award show itself, funnyman Seth MacFarlane was, in my opinion, a great host. Best known for creating Family Guy as well as last year’s hilarious comedy Ted, MacFarlane kept the jokes coming.
Other notable appearances were: William Shatner, Goldfinger theme song-singer Shirley Bassey, Skyfall theme song-singer Adele, most of the cast of The Avengers, and, perhaps most impressively, almost the entire cast of Les Misérables, which put on a memorable on-stage performance of a song from the musical.
Hollywood’s biggest night was a success. Allow me to conclude by returning to the night’s biggest winner, Argo. Brilliantly put together by Affleck and his team, Argo features memorable and sometimes hilarious performances from Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, and Alan Arkin. And the emotional payoff at the end of the movie is worth the price of admission alone. So, please, if you haven’t already, check out Argo—it’s the 85th film in an ever-lengthening list of movies to go down in history as Oscar’s pick for Best Picture.
For a complete list of nominees and winners, check out the Oscars website.
Pictures taken by courtesy of Entertainment News.
Apply to Write for Uloop NewsJoin the Uloop News Team
Discuss This Article
More Uloop Entertainment Articles
Recent University of Michigan News Articles
RECENT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN CLASSIFIEDS
WRITE FOR ULOOPApply to Write for Uloop News
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
TOP 5 NEWS ARTICLES
BROWSE OTHER COLLEGES
- By CollegeCentral Michigan UniversityEastern Michigan UniversityGrand Valley State UniversityUniversity of MichiganMichigan State UniversityWayne State UniversityWestern Michigan UniversityOakland UniversityDavenport UniversityFerris State UniversityAquinas CollegeDelta CollegeLansing Community CollegeMontcalm Community CollegeNorthwestern Michigan CollegeNorthern Michigan UniversityAdrian CollegeAlbion CollegeAlma CollegeAndrews UniversityBaker CollegeCalvin CollegeCollege for Creative StudiesCornerstone UniversityHope CollegeKalamazoo CollegeKettering UniversityLake Superior State UniversityLawrence Technological UniversityMadonna UniversityMarygrove CollegeMichigan Technological UniversityNorthwood UniversityOlivet CollegeRochester CollegeSaginaw Valley State UniversitySiena Heights UniversitySpring Arbor UniversityThomas M. Cooley Law SchoolUniversity of Detroit MercyUniversity of Michigan-DearbornUniversity of Michigan-FlintWalsh College of Accountancy and BusinessGrand Rapids Community CollegeWashtenaw Community CollegeKalamazoo Valley Community CollegeFinlandia UniversityAlpena Community College Bay De Noc Community CollegeBay Mills Community College Glen Oaks Community College Gogebic Community College Henry Ford CollegeJackson CollegeKellogg Community College Kirtland Community College Lake Michigan College Macomb Community College Mid Michigan Community College Mott Community College Muskegon Community College North Central Michigan College Oakland Community College Oakland Community College- Auburn HillsOakland Community College- Highland LakesOakland Community College- Royal OakSchoolcraft College Southwestern Michigan College St Clair County Community CollegeWayne County Community College DistrictWest Shore Community College Abcott InstituteAnn Arbor Institute of Massage TherapyBaker College Center for Graduate StudiesBaker College of Allen ParkBaker College of CadillacBaker College of Clinton TownshipBaker College of JacksonBaker College of OwossoBaker College of Port HuronBayshire Academy of Beauty Craft IncBlue Water College of Cosmetology IncBrighton Institute of CosmetologyCadillac Institute of CosmetologyCalvin Theological SeminaryCareer Quest Learning Centers-LansingCarnegie InstituteCleary UniversityCranbrook Academy of ArtDavenport University - Treasury Site DimondaleDavenport University-Battle Creek LocationDavenport University-Flint LocationDavenport University-Grand Rapids DowntownDavenport University-Holland LocationDavenport University-Kalamazoo LocationDavenport University-Lansing LocationDavenport University-Livonia LocationDavenport University-Midland LocationDavenport University-Saginaw LocationDavenport University-Traverse City LocationDavenport University-Warren LocationDavid Pressley School of CosmetologyDeVry University-MichiganDorsey Business Schools-DearbornDorsey Business Schools-LansingDorsey Business Schools-Madison HeightsDorsey Business Schools-RosevilleDorsey Business Schools-SaginawDorsey Business Schools-SouthgateDorsey Business Schools-Waterford PontiacDorsey Business Schools-WayneDouglas J Aveda InstituteEcumenical Theological SeminaryEmpire Beauty School-MichiganEverest Institute-DearbornEverest Institute-DetroitEverest Institute-Grand RapidsEverest Institute-KalamazooEverest Institute-SouthfieldExcel Academies of CosmetologyExcel Academies of Cosmetology-TroyFlint Institute of Barbering IncFocus-Hope Information Technologies CenterFrench Academy of CosmetologyGallery College of BeautyGreat Lakes Christian CollegeHillsdale Beauty CollegeHoughton Lake Institute of CosmetologyIn Session Arts of Cosmetology Beauty SchoolInternational Cosmetology AcademyITT Technical Institute-CantonITT Technical Institute-Swartz CreekITT Technical Institute-TroyKeweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community CollegeKuyper CollegeM J Murphy Beauty College of Mount PleasantManthano Christian CollegeMarketti Academy of CosmetologyMichigan Barber School IncMichigan Career and Technical InstituteMichigan State University-College of LawMoody Theological Seminary and Graduate School--MichiganP&A Scholars Beauty SchoolPaul Mitchell the School-EscanabaPaul Mitchell the School-MichiganProtege AcademyRegency Beauty Institute-LansingRoss Medical Education Center-Ann ArborRoss Medical Education Center-BrightonRoss Medical Education Center-CantonRoss Medical Education Center-DavisonRoss Medical Education Center-LansingRoss Medical Education Center-New BaltimoreRoss Medical Education Center-PortageRoss Medical Education Center-TaylorSacred Heart Major SeminarySalon AcademySchool of Missionary Aviation TechnologySharps Academy of Hair StylingSouth University-NoviTaylortown School of Beauty IncThe Art Institute of MichiganThe Salon Spa AcademyTwin City Beauty CollegeWest Michigan College of Barbering and BeautyWestern Theological SeminaryYeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit
- By State
- By City