My thoughts on the 85th Academy Awards 2013’s results


The biggest awards presentation to honour the best in Hollywood films of the previous year; the 85th Annual Academy Awards 2013 was held successfully last night to a much predicted result. I didn’t manage to watch the show since it’s already morning in Malaysia and I was in the office working already. But I do get myself updated constantly with the result while the awards presentation progresses as I was eager to know the outcome of the awards this year.

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There were a total of 24 awards presented. Here below is the list of the winners for the 85th Annual Academy Awards 2013 that was held on 24th February 2013 at Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles. Then, what comes below in each categories is my personal opinion to the result. I am generally pleased with the result this year. Congratulation to all the winners! To those who didn’t make it, nevermind, at least you have been nominated (it’s also a great honour already), and that you can try again in years to come! Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is the biggest winner of the night, winning four awards out of 11 nominations. While on the other hand, Argo took the best picture, the most prestigious award of the show.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Paperman
John Kahrs

ANIMATED FEATURE
Brave
Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

Comment: Very much expected that ‘Brave’ win. There isn’t any strong contenders in this category for year 2012. So, Brave which is a bit better took the prize eventhough for me, it’s just a typically good animated film.

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Claudio MirandaLife Of Pi

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

Comment: I was stunned by the incredible visual effects in ‘Life of Pi’. Looks fantastically great. Very much deserving for this film to win. And Malaysian team is involved in the visual effects of this film under the company of ‘Rhythm and Hues’. Yeay…

COSTUME DESIGN
Jacqueline DurranAnna Karenina

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
Les Misérables
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Curfew
Shawn Christensen

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Inocente
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Searching For Sugar Man
Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour (Austria)
Michael Haneke, director; Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz, Producers

SOUND MIXING
Les Misérables
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

Comment: It’s no strange to me that ‘Les Miserables’ win this. The movie is all about sound and made it perfectly right in sound mixing, one of the most important aspects for musical picture like ‘Les Miserables’. 

SOUND EDITING
(tie)
Zero Dark Thirty
Paul N.J. Ottosson

Skyfall
Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers

Comment: Ohh…I seldom see a tie. 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Anne HathawayLes Misérables

Comment: A very much expected result. I like Anne Hathaway. She finally win an Oscar! Very happy for her. It’s time for her to excel to best actress category very soon.

FILM EDITING
Argo
William Goldenberg

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Lincoln
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

ORIGINAL SCORE
Life Of Pi
Mychael Danna

ORIGINAL SONG
“Skyfall” from Skyfall
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Comment: This is very much predicted. The famous singer, Adele with superb voice sang this lovely theme song to James Bond’s latest film. The song is great, unique and powerful. I like it. 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris TerrioArgo

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin TarantinoDjango Unchained

DIRECTING
Ang LeeLife Of Pi

Comment: This is his second win on this category (first win for Brokeback Mountain). Brilliant! A breakthrough for an Asian director. Usually, the film that won best director would take the best picture award too, but this year is an exception. Anyway, Life of Pi had won quite a number already. 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Jennifer LawrenceSilver Linings Playbook

Comment: Surprised that Jennifer Lawrence beats out most other much experienced nominees to win this coveted prize. Not surprised because she had been nominated several times already in this category even at such a young age. An actress with superb talent. Quite deserving. 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Daniel Day-LewisLincoln

Comment: Very much expected. This win made Daniel Day-Lewis the three-time Oscar’s best actor in history. That’s out of the world, and it further cemented his position as one of the most professional actors of his generation.

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

Comment: Argo had won many awards for best picture in other much earlier awards presentation. So, it is no surprising or disappointing that it took home Oscar for best picture also. But I have not watched it yet. Going to watch it soon then. 130225002702-affleck-best-picture-horizontal-galleryImage above showing one of the very last few moments of the awards’ night when the producers and director of Argo went on stage to receive the Best Picture award. 

 

(All images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

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