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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

85th Academy Awards Recap, and Why They Won

Oscars

2013 marks my first foray into the wonderful world of Oscar betting. I would've Moneyballed the shit out of it, but the damn bookies took out multiples a week before the ceremony. Because I've already discovered a mathematical formula for calculating Oscar odds. And no, I am not going to share it.

"Loser."

Anyway, the official list of winners can be found on the official Oscar site (of course, where else?), but if you want to read the actual winners, my favorites, and some useless commentary, then by all means, read on.

VISUAL EFFECTS
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott

Daily Mail

Why It Won: It's the tiger. No other reason.


WRITING─ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Written by Chris Terrio

NY Daily News

Why It Won: Bloody brilliant. In the words of producer George Clooney, Terrio's first draft was the most brilliant first draft he's ever seen in his Hollywood career. I can't link to the actual interview, so you're going to have to trust me on that one. Also, doesn't Terrio look like a less crazy Sean William Scott?


WRITING─ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Written by Quentin Tarantino

Digital Spy

Why It Won: Excessive use of the "N" word─and getting away with it. Also, I think any screenwriter who can get Christoph Waltz two Oscars deserves an Oscar himself, right?


SOUND MIXING
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

The Guardian

Why It Won: If a musical is also nominated for Best Picture, chances are it will win the Sound Mixing award.


SOUND EDITING
Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers

Jagran

Why They Won: They did a great job of manipulating Javier Bardem's voice so we can understand what the hell he's saying.


SHORT FILM─LIVE ACTION
"Curfew"
Shawn Christensen

NME

Why It Won: I don't know. I haven't seen it.


SHORT FILM─ANIMATED
"Paperman"
John Kahrs

AP

Why It Won: It's in black-and-white, beautifully drawn and lit, and it was produced by Disney. Go figure.


PRODUCTION DESIGN
Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)

LA Times

Why It Won: Like I mentioned in my review of Lincoln, this is a time travel film.


MUSIC─ORIGINAL SONG
"Skyfall" from Skyfall
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

The Hindu

Why It Won: Americans love Adele, despite her huge legs like tree trunks.


MUSIC─ORIGINAL SCORE
Mychael Danna

NDTV

Why It Won: Americans love exotic Eastern music and weird names (his "Michael" is spelled with a "Y", which is weird).


MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

The Guardian

Why It Won: The film just looks so convincingly dirty, just like 18th century France.


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour
Austria

3News

Why It Won: Amour wasn't going home empty-handed. It was Emmanuelle Riva's birthday, after all, and she's not going home with a statue.


FILM EDITING
William Goldenberg

The Guardian

Why It Won: If you have to ask this, you've obviously never seen the film. The tension and the pacing were just nail-bitingly perfect.


DOCUMENTARY SHORT
"Inocente"
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Digital Spy

Why It Won: I have yet to see it. I think it's because this film is about an artist, and the Academy didn't let Banksy's documentary win two years ago.


DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Searching for Sugar Man
Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn

10 News

Why It Won: I have yet to see it.


DIRECTING
Ang Lee

E! Online

Why It Won: The Academy has to have at least one non-American in the major categories, so it was either Ang Lee or Michael Haneke. Also, how many of you thought Ang Lee is gay? He's not. He's just a soft kind of guy.


COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina
Jacqueline Durran

India Times

Why It Won: I haven't seen it, but it looks like another time travel movie.


CINEMATOGRAPHY
Claudio Miranda

ITV

Why It Won: Life of Pi has possibly the most beautifully-lit night shots I have ever seen on film. It's that whale scene that clinched it.


ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

Daily Record

Why It Won: It's Princess Merida's hair.


ACTRESS─IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Anne Hathaway

US Magazine

Why She Won: She sang, she acted, and she shaved her head.


ACTOR─IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christoph Waltz

Classic FM

Why He Won: Somehow, Tommy Lee Jones's performance in Lincoln wasn't quite up to par with Waltz's.


ACTRESS─IN A LEADING ROLE
Jennifer Lawrence

She Knows

Why She Won: It is seriously too early to give Jessica Chastain an Oscar. Lawrence, on the other hand, has been nominated for Winter's Bone. And as Seth McFarlane has pointed out, we've never seen her boobs yet.


ACTOR─IN A LEADING ROLE
Daniel Day-Lewis

The Mirror

Why He Won: Why are you even asking this?


And finally...

BEST PICTURE
Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers

Empire

Why It Won: The Academy had to make up for its biggest mistake this year, and that is not nominating Ben Affleck in the Directing category. And yes, Grant Heslov is that actor from True Lies.


FINAL TALLY
Life of Pi: Four (4)
Argo and Les Misérables: Three (3) each
Django Unchained, Lincoln, and Skyfall: Two (2) each
Amour, Anna Karenina, Brave, and Silver Linings Playbook: One (1) each