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By / 02.25.13

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I would’ve liked to get an Oscar reaction post up last night, but as it turns out, drinking games and brilliant analysis aren’t a likely combination (though I did have an elaborate dream about going to a winery with Jennifer Lawrence last night, true story). In the meantime, I’ve got your full list of winners below, and this Joaquin Phoenix reaction shot, possibly the strangest moment of the night. He hasn’t looked this confused and out of it since he was doing it on purpose for that movie where he got pooped on. I do feel bad for him though. They should really have a separate acting award, for Daniel Day-Lewis and everyone else. That way actors with performances like Joaquin’s in The Master could get some recognition.

As for his reaction, there is the distinct possibility that he was trying to give them the worst reaction shot possible. This considering he’s been open about hating awards season, calling it “total, utter bullshit, and I don’t want to be a part of it. [...] I don’t believe in it. It’s totally subjective. Pitting people against each other … It’s the stupidest thing in the whole world.”

Earlier that night, Roger Friedman, asked Joaquin if he was going to the ceremony:

“People keep asking me that,” said the star of The Master, “I didn’t know I had a choice.”

So basically, Joaquin Phoenix looked like a guy who hates the Oscars, but had to show up anyway so that Harvey Weinstein would let him see his kids again. That’s what I took from this.

BEST PICTURE
Beast of the Southern Wild
Zero Dark Thirty
Amour
Argo
Life of Pi
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Django Unchained

I’d just like to point out that I called this in my review.

BEST DIRECTOR
Life of Pi - Ang Lee
Amour - Michael Haneke
Lincoln - Steven Spielberg
Silver Linings Playbook - David O Russell
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Behn Zeitlin

Poor Steven Spielberg. I guess he’ll have to just be content with everyone in Hollywood kissing his ass all of the time.

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts – The Impossible

It’s become a cliché at this point, but yes, Jennifer Lawrence is a delight. I’ve been saying this since Winter’s Bone. Go rent that if you haven’t seen it, I promise.

BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Robert DeNiro – Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin – Argo
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sally Field – Lincoln
Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Amy Adams – The Master

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Frankenweenie
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck it Ralph
ParaNorman
Brave

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Django Unchained - Robert Richardson
Anna Karenina – Seamus McGarvey
Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda
Skyfall - Roger Deakins

Deakins gets shut down again. ;-(

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables – Paco Delgado
Lincoln - Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman - Colleen Atwood

Anna Karenina is like this really great costume party that no one went to.

BEST 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

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
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

BEST 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

I really hope Argo didn’t win because of that final sequence in the movie, where everyone in the audience stopped and turned to each other and went “well this part clearly didn’t happen in real life…”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour
NO
War Witch
A Royal Affair
Kon Tiki

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING
Hitchcock - Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Les Misérables - Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Derelicte is real! 19th Century French poverty FTW!

BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi - Mychael Danna
Lincoln - John Williams
Skyfall - Thomas Newman

BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
Before My Time - Chasing Ice, Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
Pi’s LullabyLife of Pi, Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
Suddenly - Les Miserables, Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublils
Everybody Needs a Best FriendTed, Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
Skyfall - Skyfall, Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Adele has a great voice and all, but this award is meaningless if “Ladies of Tampa” isn’t nominated.

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
Adam and Dog – Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole – PES
Head over Heels – Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” - David Silverman
Paperman – John Kahrs

I still prefer the Paperman description from commenter Xander Crews: “So, uh, I think I just got fired. Also, these paper airplanes really want us to bone. Also, if we were going to buildings directly across the street from each other, why were we taking different trains?”

BEST 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 Misérables -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)

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Asad - Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys – Sam French and Ariel Nasr
Curfew -Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) – Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
Henry - Yan England

BEST SOUND EDITING – TIED
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

BEST SOUND MIXING
Argo - John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Misérables - 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

Sound mixing mostly covers sound recorded on the set, so of course the movie that can’t stop reminding you that all the actors recorded their bits live was going to win.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
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

I guess you can’t win a VFX Oscar without at least one all-CG character anymore. I could tell the tiger was CG at least a quarter of the time. Shouldn’t that count against it? It did look amazing other than that. But so did Prometheus

BEST WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Chris Terrio – Argo
Tony Kushner – Lincoln
David O’Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
David Magee – Life of Pi

BEST WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
John Gatins – Flight
Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom
Michael Haneke -  Amour

So, not much in the way of surprises. The only moderately surprising winners were Ang Lee winning best director, Lincoln winning best production design, and that one of the awards ended in a tie. I thought David O. Russell should’ve won best director, if only because Silver Linings Playbook combined almost every terrible indie rom-com cliché into one movie and probably should’ve been terrible, but was actually pretty good. I think he might be a warlock.

[thanks to Matty J for that Bullock picture.]


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