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2013 Oscars: Winners, Surprises, Upsets and Commentary

Life of Pi tops all winners with four Oscars, followed by Best Picture winner Argo

Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Alexandre Desplat, Ben Affleck, Grant Heslov, and George Clooney accept the Oscar for Best Picture
Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Alexandre Desplat, Ben Affleck, Grant Heslov, and George Clooney accept the Oscar for Best Picture
Photo: AMPAS

What a night! Seriously, the 2013 Oscars had its share of ups and downs and I'm sure plenty of hatred will be thrown the way of host Seth MacFarlane whose joke selection was all over the place from great to terrible to tasteless to tame, but I'm actually talking about the way tonight's Oscars shared the wealth so evenly. Twelve films won Oscars tonight, 15 if you count the shorts. Argo took home Best Picture, Film Editing and Adapted Screenplay, but in the end it was Life of Pi with the most awards, including the upset over Steven Spielberg (Lincoln).

The Oscars often give us plenty to discuss in terms of taste and we all may disagree on many of the overall winners, but I have a much harder time disagreeing when there is no kind of consensus. After all, how often does one single film, over the span of 365 days nail every aspect of the filmmaking process? There was a lost of greatness to be found in the films of 2012 and while your winners, and mine, may not have matched up with the Academy's choices, I enjoyed seeing such a variety.

Speaking of which, here are the winner totals for the night:

  1. Life of Pi (4 Oscars)
  2. Argo (3 Oscars)
  3. Les Miserables (3 Oscars)
  4. Lincoln (2 Oscars)
  5. Skyfall (2 Oscars)
  6. Django Unchained (2 Oscars)
  7. Brave (1 Oscar)
  8. Silver Linings Playbook (1 Oscar)
  9. Zero Dark Thirty (1 Oscar)
  10. Amour (1 Oscar)
  11. Searching for Sugar Man (1 Oscar)
  12. Anna Karenina (1 Oscar)

Over the course of the year I am constantly tracking the Oscars, trying to predict the winners and this year my performance was the same as the last, going 19 for 24. The readers, however, one-upped me, going 20 for 24 as their confidence in Django Unchained put them over the top.

Quentin Tarantino at the 2013 OscarsThe two categories I felt I was taking a real chance were in Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay, and both ended up biting me. I just didn't think the Academy would go for Django, but in the end it was Christoph Waltz and Quentin Tarantino giving acceptance awards. Considering it's my favorite film from 2012, I'd rather be wrong and see wins for Django than any other film.

Elsewhere, there was a lot of talk of Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) losing ground to Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), but in the end it was Lawrence taking home her first Oscar and she even managed to play off a slip up the stairs, which she will hopefully be able to forget.

Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) became the only three-time Best Actor Oscar winner and to most it seemed Meryl Streep didn't even open the envelope before announcing his name. (Of course, she probably did what most should have done and opened it while the nominees were being announced.)

For Best Director there was clearly a faction that thought Ang Lee (Life of Pi) would take it, but I remained firm in my belief Spielberg would take it home. When Lee's name was read it was a bit hard to believe. Life of Pi seemed like a film to be respected, but to win Best Director? Like I said, ups and downs.

Probably the biggest surprise of the night, for me at least, came with the tie for Sound Editing. Even the audience was a bit shocked to the point Mark Wahlberg had to say, "It's what it says!" More frustrating for me was that with two shots to predict the winner correctly, Life of Pi still didn't get an Oscar as Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty took home the shared category.

And finally, Argo winning Best Picture seemed like the obvious thing considering all the wins it racked up on the way, but even still, until it was announced I was willing to accept anything. In addition, I thought Ben Affleck gave one of the best speeches of the night and, in fact, the ceremony was bookended with what I'd say were the two most heartfelt speeches -- Waltz to open the show and Affleck to close it.

Now I have the winners all listed right here in my Oscar history database, but I have also listed them all below along with the nominees. The winners are highlighted in bold, red text and other than that... I don't think there is much else to say.

If you missed how the ceremony played out, you can read our six-page live blog and I also have been told viewers in the U.S. will be able to stream tonight's Oscars show in its entirety across multiple platforms including ABC.com, the ABC Player app, and the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. The show will also be available via ABC On Demand, the network's fast forward-disabled VOD service. So, if you missed it, you have your options.

Now check out those winners and keep your eyes peeled, I just might have 2014 Oscar contenders and predictions for you in the very near future.

Best Picture

  1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  2. Silver Linings Playbook
  3. Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Lincoln
  5. Les Misérables
  6. Life of Pi
  7. Amour
  8. Django Unchained
  9. Argo

Best Actor

  1. Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
  2. Denzel Washington (Flight)
  3. Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
  4. Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
  5. Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)

Best Actress

  1. Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
  2. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
  3. Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
  4. Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
  5. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
  2. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
  3. Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
  4. Alan Arkin (Argo)
  5. Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Sally Field (Lincoln)
  2. Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
  3. Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
  4. Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
  5. Amy Adams (The Master)

Best Director

  1. David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
  2. Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
  3. Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
  4. Michael Haneke (Amour)
  5. Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  1. Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  2. Chris Terrio (Argo)
  3. Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
  4. David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
  5. David Magee (Life of Pi)

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

  1. John Gatins (Flight)
  2. Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
  3. Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
  4. Michael Haneke (Amour)
  5. Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. Frankenweenie
  2. The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  3. Wreck-It Ralph
  4. ParaNorman
  5. Brave

Best Documentary (Feature)

  1. 5 Broken Cameras
  2. The Gatekeepers
  3. How to Survive a Plague
  4. The Invisible War
  5. Searching for Sugar Man

Best Foreign Language Film

  1. Amour
  2. No
  3. War Witch
  4. A Royal Affair
  5. Kon-Tiki

Best Cinematography

  1. Anna Karenina (Seamus McGarvey)
  2. Django Unchained (Robert Richardson)
  3. Life of Pi (Claudio Miranda)
  4. Lincoln (Janusz Kaminski)
  5. Skyfall (Roger Deakins)

Best Film Editing

  1. Argo
  2. Life of Pi
  3. Lincoln
  4. Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Zero Dark Thirty

Best Music (Original Score)

  1. Dario Marianelli (Anna Karenina)
  2. Alexandre Desplat (Argo)
  3. Mychael Danna (Life of Pi)
  4. John Williams (Lincoln)
  5. Thomas Newman (Skyfall)

Best Music (Original Song)

  1. "Before My Time" from Chasing Ice
  2. "Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi
  3. "Suddenly" from Les Misérables
  4. "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted
  5. "Skyfall" from Skyfall

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Argo
  2. Les Misérables
  3. Life of Pi
  4. Lincoln
  5. Skyfall

Best Sound Editing

  1. Argo
  2. Django Unchained
  3. Life of Pi
  4. Skyfall
  5. Zero Dark Thirty

Best Production Design

  1. Anna Karenina
  2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  3. Les Misérables
  4. Life of Pi
  5. Lincoln

Best Visual Effects

  1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  2. Life of Pi
  3. Marvel's The Avengers
  4. Prometheus
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Costumes

  1. Anna Karenina
  2. Les Misérables
  3. Lincoln
  4. Mirror Mirror
  5. Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  1. Hitchcock
  2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  3. Les Misérables

Best Documentary Short Subject

  1. Inocente
  2. Kings Point
  3. Mondays at Racine
  4. Open Heart
  5. Redemption

Best Short Film (Animated)

  1. Adam and Dog
  2. Fresh Guacamole
  3. Head over Heels
  4. Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"
  5. Paperman

Best Short Film (Live Action)

  1. Asad
  2. Buzkashi Boys
  3. Curfew
  4. Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
  5. Henry
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  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    I think the biggest surprise was Ang Lee over Spielberg, but even then - it was a tough category to predict. I had a hard time splitting Orig Screenplay (Django), Supp Actor (went Jones) and Animated (went Brave). 20/24 from the night so I'm happy, a mammoth effort from the reader's too.

    It's a shame we don't get to see numbers from the Academy, as usual I wish it was more transparent.

    And Brad, although the reader's and myself tipped it as well, I still think you should be congratulated on tipping Inocente - Open Heart was the safe choice but we went against the grain (to an extent anyway!)

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      Why is everyone so surprised about Ang Lee taking best director? It really wasn't a big surprise, I knew he would win it over Spielberg.

      • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

        Well, odds wise he was $5-1, meaning for every $1 you put on you get $6 back so you could have made a fortune ;)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HarryFuertes/ Harry Fuertes

    The best win for me was Ang Lee for Pi and Tarantino for Django. Both very deserved. The biggest snub in my opinion has to be Emmanuelle Riva although I really like Lawrence's performance. Brave winning was a travesty but I correctly predicted it.

    Overall I guessed 19 to 24. It was a good show with fun surprises and great wins like I mentioned above. McFarlane did a fine job making me laugh. I'd say an B+/A-.

  • Chris138

    I agree that the two best and most heartfelt speeches of the night came at the beginning and end of the telecast. Hathaway never really improved with her speeches as the awards season went along, but she wasn't quite as bad as it could have turned out. I was expecting something along the lines of Gwyneth Paltrow's obnoxious and over the top Best Actress acceptance speech from 14 years ago.

  • Nick

    Personally, I was very happy about Tarantino and Waltz (especially the former over Haneke), not happy about Brave and Lee, disappointed (once again) about Deakins, and more-or-less indifferent towards everything else. Most of the awards really turned out to be as predictable as they could have been, except only Sound Editing (don't know what that was about, but glad ZDT won at least something), Production Design and Director.

    Also, I pretty much always enjoyed Day-Lewis' dignified but not overtly serious speeches, but this time he really hit it out of the park with his sense of humor fully turned on. An unexpected late delight in the ceremony.

  • Winchester

    It's so much easier to wake up and find all is said and done.

    I haven't seen all of the films nominated so the initial thing I can safely say was that I like that the wins were quite well spread around several films. Outside of the main locks though I can't say I agree with Lee winning Best Director (he took a book considered unfilmable and to me proved it actually was, though my largest gripe remains with the script) and I don't actually recall anything of the score.

    I had a feeling Waltz would win, and actually Tarantino's award doesn't totally surprise me either.

    It'll be a while before I catch all the films in full but I would also have liked to see Deakins win for Skyfall and Skyfall itself lose Best Song. But everyone's preferences differ.

  • Yaz

    21 of 24... Not too bad this year! Only one's I dropped the ball on were Director (though I'm totally stoked for Lee), Short Film and Production Design.

    Really happy that Tarantino took it this year, and very happy with Waltz as well.

    Lastly, thought Seth did an awesome job. Haters are gonna hate.

  • http://Www.smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

    21/14 for me. Should have gone with what I wanted and predicted Waltz. Also got snagged by the split with sound editing where I had 'Life of Pi' and finally 'Lincoln' production design which I foolishly changed to 'Anna' in the last days.

    Still thought it was a great year with a lot up for grabs and definitely more interesting than recent years past.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

    I got 20 out of 24 right, the ones I got wrong were:

    -Ang Lee for best director

    -Brave for best animated picture

    -Anna Karenina for costume design

    -Short documentary

    I'm thinking of betting next time :)

  • Jack

    Clooney should get another Oscar for keeping his mouth shut during the acceptance speech.
    Seriously, the oscar hungry Clooney gets #2 and he opted to stay silent? Classy move by him to give the mic away.

    Will Waltz win everytime he works with QT?

    IMO, The Master was robbed.

    also, why hate on Hathaway? Come on. It's all she wanted. She gives you one of the greatest scenes of all-time and you gonna do all that to her?

    Billy Crystal will return next year to host.

    Affleck and Waltz had my favorite speeches. I also loved Tarantino as well.

    • V

      I think the Hathaway hate is stemming from her sugary sweet and overtly pretentious behavior. The way she looked at the statue and whispered in an annoying, baby princess voice "Oh, it came truuueee!" *puke* sums up the irritating way she has been handling herself through out the awards season. She is a fine actress and I am sure a lovely human being, but come on, she isn't a barely 20 year old actress making history with her wins, in which case such behavior would be tolerated.

      On the other hand, the fact that a 22 year old actress did sweep the "Lead" category and behaved like a mature and graceful adult each and every time she was awarded makes the way Hathaway carries herself after each win that much more phony and unnecessary.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

        I get what you mean about Hathaway. From what Ive heard of her in different interviews, she does seem like a cool person. I guess maybe I have patience for the adrenaline factor!! I can only imagine myself stumbling over myself (maybe even literally) to speak "maturely"!!
        I loved how Jennifer just moves on from her many oopses. She acknowledges the obvious! And for such a youngin' it is very impressive.

      • JB

        Couldn't have explained any better!

      • Kevin

        MEEEEEEEEEEEEEOW !

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Elijah/ Elijah

    Got 20 outta 24! Didn't write them out formerly, missed Supporting Actor, documentary short, Sound Editing I guess is technically a miss even though i guessed Skyfall, and makeup. How do you feel about a 3D film finally winning best director? Think it might start becoming a trend for high profile directors to be strongly considered/win for attempting 3D?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Jaffas85/ Jaffas85

    I thought Seth Macfarlane was great. I thought his jokes were cutting and relevant, (the joke about Chris Brown was indeed funny) though, I do agree that the one joke that was in poor taste was the one about 'John Wilkes Booth' being in Lincoln's "head". That lincoln joke was something I could see Peter Griffin referencing in one of his 'cut away' gags but wasn't appropriate at the Academy Awards.

    I think that Riva was more deserving of the lead Actress Oscar but the voting process is obviously a subjective one and you can't not be happy for Jennifer Lawrence (who did give a great performance as well).

    I didn't care for Affleck's dig at Macfarlane as I think he could have lightened up a bit (Affleck's dig seemed to be a result of Macfarlane referencing 'Gigli' and stating how we would soon be referring to him as "Benjamin"... jeeze, lighten up Ben).

    If the Academy wants a host for next year that would be funny, yet not so edgy, then I'd like to see Hugh Jackman asked to host once again. Or even Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

      I thought the John Wilkes Booth joke was just fine for the Academy Awards.

    • Newbourne

      What's wrong with the Wilkes joke? Too soon?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

      why would you object to a dig at Macfarlane? He did plenty of that throughout the show...

  • The Moth

    I think it is a bit odd that Ang Lee is now winner of 2 Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Directing (Brokeback Mountain + Life of Pi) but the movies he directed, did not receive the honour of winning Best Picture.

    • dslacker

      And that the films he directed were better than the ones that won Best Picture.

      • The Moth

        "Argo" vs. "Life of Pi" is a tie but "Brokeback Mountain" was clearly better than "Crash".

  • Newbourne

    This is my problem with the Academy. Life of Pi got so many awards, it's just silly to say Argo is a better movie. Life of Pi got Production Design, Original Score, Visual Effects, Director and Cinematography, and yet ARGO is the best movie? Why, because the Editing was so good?

    So although Life of Pi is the best Directed, best short, best Produced, best sounding and best looking movie, it is still second to Argo which was just edited too well?

    I don't buy this. You can't say a movie is both the best shot and best directed and not give it Best Picture. That's just silly.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

      Life of Pi did not win Production Design. Also Academy voters probably thought that where Pi lacked was in its script and story, which are pretty important.
      I could make a beautifully shot and scored film of a snail slowly moving along my sidewalk, but that wouldn't really be deserving of Best Picture would it?

      • Newbourne

        Your argument has no foundation considering (1) Life of Pi is a best-selling and critically acclaimed novel which has a fantastic story & (2) Life of Pi's adapted screenplay was nominated. That means the Academy at least thought Pi was in the TOP FIVE screenplays of the year.

        It had one of the top 5 screenplays of the year and it was the best shot, best directed, best looking and best sounding movie of the year.

        Argo was just considered the best written and best edited. It wasn't even in the top 5 for cinematography or directing. How can you be the best movie and not be one of the best shot and directed?

        I'm telling you, this is just silly.

        • Chris

          It makes sense. Cinematography and Direction alone don't get you Best Picture. A terrible movie can have spectacular visual effects and sound. The academy thought perhaps that Argo was a better overall film. If you divide a film up into categories perhaps Pi is better, but according to the Academy, Argo is better than the sum of it parts. It's not about each aspect, but how each intertwine is to make an overall film.

          • art

            This is a discussion I saw coming, due to the best picture winner not taking the most oscars. I do think Life of Pi is a great film but imo Argo was the better and more deserving film and in all fairness it should have ended up with four had affleck not been snubbed.

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

              Also, in recent years the Academy has resisted clear sweeps that include beast picture. And it is of course a matter of subjectivity. Just consider the article on the anonymous director's ballot. His reasoning in some of his choices at times had very little to do with what was "deserving". And the comment from Chris is spot on as far as evaluating a film based on the sum of its parts.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    I got 5 wrong and went 19/24
    Supporting Actor
    Original Screenplay
    Documentary Short
    Director
    Animated Film

    I could've easily gone 21/24 is I didn't take risks on Animation and Documentary short

    My best pick of the night was Lincoln for Production design and I was able to pick Skyfall in Sound Editing, so I count that correct.

  • Arthur Carlson

    I finished 19 for 24. Missed on Director, originally had Haneke but last minute I switched to Spielberg, and was still wrong. Also, missed Doc Short (damn you, Mondays at Racine!), Sound Editing (two winners and I still missed it), Production Design, and Makeup (stupid hairstyling addition to the category).

    Overall, I didn't like the show too much, was really dull. I think it stems for how disappointing the Bond tribute was. (Really, Halle Berry was the only one from a Bond movie you could find? And Shirley Bassey, though she did a great job, was all you could find, not a single Bond anywhere?) Seth was okay, some great jokes, some not so great jokes. My favorite joke of the night actually came from Daniel Day-Lewis of all people.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

      yeah, the whole bond focus as well as the Chicago reenactment seemed rather out of place and gave the show more of a disjointed feel. I basically took those moments to go the bathroom or get some food!!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    I finished 18/24, I probably would have gone 20 for 24 if I wasn't so adamant about David O. Russell with Director, and if I had copied everybody else, I would have chosen the Life of Pi score instead of the Argo score.

    On the whole, this was a pretty underwhelming show. There was a lot of momentum, and I don't know what happened. At least there was Flight made of sock puppets and Daniel-Day Lewis.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

      yes the sock puppets were a highlight as far as the fillers go!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    I finished 21 for 24. Would have been 23 for 24 if I didn't take a last minute risk with Sound Mixing and Production Design.

    I am extremely happy about 3 categories:

    1. Waltz for supporting actor, very well deserved for a great and memorable performance
    2. Tarantino for original screenplay, just loved the movie and its great story telling format
    3. Ang Lee for director, very well deserved. His win in no way is a big upset. Very hard movie to direct and Ang Lee pulled it off. Hats off to him.

    Pleasant surprise:

    Sound Mixing for Skyfall and ZDT.

  • Unknown/Anonymous

    Well then, time to start predicting for 2014...

  • Mykael

    Sound Editing, brother.
    Sorry.

  • Mykael

    My predictions were worst by far.
    Academy turned out to be as meaner as Academics to me.
    13/24, considering the tie win for Skyfall.
    13/24 (54%). Beat it, gentlemen.
    My bad.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    I went 18 for 24. I missed:

    Best Supporting Actor - Had DeNiro instead of Watlz. Didn't expect Waltz to win.
    Best Actress - I really thought Riva would win, but it went to Lawrence.
    Sound Mixing and Sound Editing - I had Life of Pi for both, but Les Mis and that stupid tie got me.
    Best Production Design - Had Anna Karenina instead of Lincoln.
    Best Original Screenplay - I picked Haneke instead of Tarantino. Big mistake.

    I was, however, happy that I got Best Director right! I was starting to lose faith that Lee would win, but he came out on top. And, in my opinion, he was the most deserving, even though I didn't love Life of Pi.

    As for the show itself, I thought Seth MacFarlane was really good, but the show was really long. Last year I remember it being more brisk, but it felt like way longer this year. I was also really disappointed by the Bond tribute. It could've been much better and it should've ended with Adele. That's a slam dunk if you ask me. The show probably would've been better off without the musical numbers from Chicago and Dreamgirls. They should've just performed Les Mis, Skyfall and the rest of the Best Song nominees. That would've been a little better and it would make more sense.

    I agree that the best speech came from Ben Affleck. It sounded like it really came from the heart.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    I'm already starting my 2014 predictions. Oscar season is year round, over here.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    Biggest snub: Roger Deakins for Best Cinematography.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

      Ditto. He needs to win, his work is stunning.

  • darkknightfan1225

    I heart Seth MacFarlane as Oscar host.

  • adu

    The most pleasant surprise for me was Lee's win, and I am very happy with Pi's overall success. Also quite happy with the wins for Django.

    As much as i liked SLP (and got a crush on J-Law), I dont think it deserved a single win last night; nominations were all it deserved in my opinion.

  • Les grossman

    Tarantino!! The party begins.. - Tarantino Fans association

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    Watching what I missed of the awards right now.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    I just watched QT's speech and I really enjoyed it.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

      Yes, his speech was more heart felt than I expected. A pleasant surprise. I am a big fan and have a lot of respect for his body of work. And he truly does choose actors well who embody his complex characters.

  • BP

    Sharing the wealth in terms of award distribution is a swell idea, but what ever happened to the best films getting awarded? The Oscars become more absurd each year. The Academy should be ashamed.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

      But really what were you expecting?! The Academy is the Academy and for the most part function as a subjective and somewhat politically influenced body.
      Face it, the Argo win was more than likely swayed by the outcome of the nomination, or lack there of, for Ben.
      Otherwise I could see Life of Pi with a much stronger chance for BP. Even so, the Academy still might have gone a different direction anyway. Perhaps SLP for Harvey and David. Who knows...

  • http://krishoo.com Krishoo

    I watched QT's speech and I really like it.