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The Oscars

And the Academy Award goes to....

  • A tribute to 50 years of the James Bond franchise - which hasn't won an Oscar in 47 years.
    2/25/2013 2:23:44 AM
  • If Adele wins the Oscar for Best Original Song for Skyfall – to add to her nine Grammys and four Brits - she could be the first person to win an Academy Award for work on a Bond film since Thunderball took the gong for Special Visual Effects in 1966.

    2/25/2013 2:24:27 AM
  • And Best Live Action Short goes to... Curfew, which is available on iTunes now. Here's a trailer. Watch out for Shawn Christensen in future. My favourite previous winner of this award is Martin McDonagh's bleak, hilarious Six-Shooter
    2/25/2013 2:38:40 AM
  • Best Picture favourite Argo has seen its fair share of controversy this year. Affleck was upfront about his film’s tinkering with the history of the Iranian hostage crisis. There was no “chase scene” in the true story. But the former Canadian ambassador depicted in the film is still a little testy about how much credit Affleck’s film gives to the Americans for the affair, at the expense of the Canadians.

    2/25/2013 2:39:49 AM
  • Even Lincoln managed to wind somebody up. Specifically, Connecticut congressman Joe Courtney, who complained to Spielberg that the film depicts two of his state’s representatives voting against the abolition of slavery. He wants it re-dubbed before the DVD is released.

    2/25/2013 2:41:07 AM
  • MacFarlane says, "We're six months away from having to call him 'Benjamin Affleck'". I may start doing that tomorrow.
    2/25/2013 2:42:57 AM

  • And the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature goes to Searching for Sugar Man. Great story, great film. Here's The Independent's conversation with its director, Malik Bendjelloul.
    2/25/2013 2:49:35 AM
  • Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Garner presenting Best Foreign Film. No jokes. Maybe cos everyone knew Amour was going to win.
    2/25/2013 2:51:42 AM
  • John Travolta has a lot of hair tonight.
    2/25/2013 2:53:42 AM
  • Chicago won Best Picture in 2002, which you might reasonably assume was one of Oscar's many famous travesties, except that its competition was The Hours, Gangs of New York, The Pianist and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. What would you have picked?
    2/25/2013 2:57:41 AM
  • Wow. 2001 and 2002 were seriously weak.
    2/25/2013 3:00:00 AM
  • So Adele has some serious work to do if she means to out-sing Bassey and Hudson.
    2/25/2013 3:01:22 AM
  • The French are coming.
    2/25/2013 3:04:58 AM

  • But Tommy Lee Jones is still reliably unimpressed.
    2/25/2013 3:05:27 AM
  • Anne Hathaway, seen there in her second dress of the evening, has graced this awards season with many a faux-shocked acceptance speech, and even thanked the long-dead Victor Hugo after her BAFTA win, which many agreed was her most egregiously cringe-making address so far. She’s nailed on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Question is: can she top this?

    2/25/2013 3:07:38 AM
  • This tech awards interlude presumably to give Anne Hathaway time to get back into her A dress before she's named Best Supporting Actress.
    2/25/2013 3:10:45 AM
  • Okay, so if I have this down right, “Sound Mixing” means the sound recording done on set during filming – such as the live singing in Les Mis – whereas “Sound Editing” means the sound effects and production added later.

    2/25/2013 3:12:07 AM
  • And the Oscar (for Sound Mixing), of course, goes to Les Miserables.
    2/25/2013 3:13:00 AM
  • A tie?! Has that ever happened before?
    2/25/2013 3:15:46 AM
  • Answer: yes.
    2/25/2013 3:16:30 AM
  • So that's the first Oscar for a James Bond movie since Thunderball in 1966. And it probably won't be Skyfall's last of the night. Also, more hair.
    2/25/2013 3:18:05 AM
  • Anyone have Helen Hunt in the sweepstake? Unlucky.
    2/25/2013 3:24:35 AM
  • Looks like Hathaway is going to hold in the tears. Just.
    2/25/2013 3:24:55 AM
  • FACT: According to the Hollywood Reporter, Harvey Weinstein, who this year produced Silver Linings Playbook, has earned five times more acceptance speech thank-yous from award winners this season than God. God, it should be noted, has only received one thank-you, from Quvenzhane Wallis. Weinstein has five, three of them from Jennifer Lawrence, who might get another chance to thank him tonight. Lawrence’s stiffest competition for Best Actress comes from Jessica Chastain (ZD30) and Emmanuelle Riva (Amour).

    2/25/2013 3:27:55 AM
  • Worth noting how far we've got into the evening without a single Oscar for Argo, Lincoln or Silver Linings Playbook. Unless I missed one?
    2/25/2013 3:29:47 AM
  • A single Oscar for ZD30 so far (Best Sound Editing), and that was a tie.
    2/25/2013 3:30:59 AM
  • Well, there's one for Argo. Best Editing. William Goldenberg was also nominated for Zero Dark Thirty - which is better, IMHO...
    2/25/2013 3:35:10 AM
  • Adele has never performed "Skyfall" live before tonight.
    2/25/2013 3:36:16 AM
  • She looks sort of... bored?
    2/25/2013 3:38:46 AM
  • Silver Linings Playbook was an early favourite for Best Picture following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last September, but its odds lengthened after the releases of Argo, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty and Les MisDavid O Russell’s film is the first since Warren Beatty’s Reds in 1981 to be nominated in all four acting categories. If it doesn’t win much tonight, SLP can content itself with a big haul at last night’s Independent Spirit awards in Santa Monica.


    2/25/2013 3:45:38 AM
  • Thanks to commenter Ferand for clarifying: "Sound mixing includes the mixing done in post (dialogue, sound effects and music) as well as the production sound mix."
    2/25/2013 3:49:12 AM
  • Lincoln gets its first Oscar, for Production Design.
    2/25/2013 3:50:22 AM
  • The theme of this year's Oscars is music in film. Is it just me, or has (almost) all the incidental music been by a single film composer: John Williams?
    2/25/2013 3:54:51 AM
  • And the Award for Best Actress in a gif goes to... Sandra Bullock.
    2/25/2013 3:56:45 AM
  • This is interesting. The Oscar for Best Documentary Short went to Inocente, the first Academy Award winner to have been funded partly via Kickstarter.
    2/25/2013 4:04:00 AM
  • Question: have Barbra Streisand and Shirley Bassey ever appeared on the same bill before?
    2/25/2013 4:06:11 AM
  • Life of Pi's Michael Danna wins Best Original Score.
    2/25/2013 4:12:08 AM
  • So Scarlett Johansson was nominated for an Oscar this year, just not for acting.
    2/25/2013 4:14:56 AM
  • If you've been baffled by Chicago's starring role in tonight's ceremony, here's your answer: they're produced by the same pair.
    2/25/2013 4:17:50 AM
  • Adele gives Oscar history's greatest weepy speech. Paul Epworth keeps his cool. Best Male Hair?
    2/25/2013 4:20:06 AM
  • We're in the final straight, and Argo's starting to pick up steam. Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Chris Terrio, who thanks the film's star and director Ben Affleck - who won his own Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1998, with Good Will Hunting.
    2/25/2013 4:26:48 AM
  • Tarantino picks up his second Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, for Django Unchained, and even manages to hush the orchestra before finishing his speech. Is that a first?
    2/25/2013 4:29:28 AM
  • With Affleck, Bigelow, Hooper and Tarantino all out of the running, Steven Spielberg is the favourite to take home his third Oscar for Best Director. But there may still be an upset: don’t bet against Life of Pi director Ang Lee winning a second Oscar – his first was for Brokeback Mountain in 2005.

    2/25/2013 4:30:12 AM
  • Ang Lee wins Best Director. By my count, that's the fourth Oscar for Life of Pi (I'll check in a sec). An unexpectedly good night.
    2/25/2013 4:36:52 AM
  • Is Emmanuelle Riva the only Best Actress nominee not to have brought her mum with her?
    2/25/2013 4:42:52 AM
  • And the Oscar goes to Jennifer Lawrence, who FALLS OVER on the stairs.
    2/25/2013 4:44:20 AM
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  • The Oscar ought to go to Joaquin Phoenix for chewing gum during the ceremony. But...
    2/25/2013 4:48:24 AM
  • It goes to Daniel Day Lewis, obvs. That’s a record third Oscar for Best Actor for Day Lewis. His first two were for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood. Jack Nicholson has won three Oscars as well, but his second was for Best Supporting Actor, in 1983’s Terms of EndearmentSeven actors have won two each: Tom Hanks, Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper, Sean Penn, Dustin Hoffman, Spencer Tracy and Fredric March (nope, me neither).
    2/25/2013 4:49:10 AM
  • And Daniel Day Lewis tells the joke of the night. "Three years ago, I was committed to play Margaret Thatcher..."
    2/25/2013 4:50:29 AM
  • Jack Nicholson, who famously played the Joker in Batman, but tonight comes dressed as the Penguin from Batman Returns.
    2/25/2013 4:53:08 AM
  • Michelle Obama introducing the nominees for Best Picture from the White House?! This is getting weird.
    2/25/2013 4:54:09 AM
  • Surprise, surprise: it's Argo, which goes away with three Oscars.
    2/25/2013 4:56:32 AM
  • Grant Heslov there, with the second best joke of the night: "I know what you're thinking: the three sexiest film producers alive."
    2/25/2013 4:57:17 AM
  • Lots of bearded men hugging.
    2/25/2013 5:00:31 AM
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