HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – The Iran-hostage thriller “Argo” was named best picture tonight at the 85th annual Academy Awards, while Daniel Day-Lewis became the first three-time winner of the Oscar for best actor and Jennifer Lawrence won the best-actress prize on her second career nomination.
In a ceremony that featured winners from a wide array of films, “Life of Pi” collected a leading four statuettes — including best director for Ang Lee — while “Argo” and “Les Miserables” took home three.
Accepting the best-picture Oscar, “Argo” co-producer Grant Heslov heaped praise on Ben Affleck, who wasn’t even nominated for a directing Oscar despite collecting an array of pre-Academy Award honors, including the top prize from the Directors Guild of America.
“The reason I wanted to speak before Ben was Ben is a producer on the film and he is also our director, and I thought it would be awkward for Ben to thank himself,” Heslov said on stage at the Dolby Theatre. “But it’s not awkward for me. … You directed a hell of a film. (I) couldn’t be more proud of the film, couldn’t be more proud of Ben.”
Affleck, who won an Oscar with pal Matt Damon for 1997′s “Good Will Hunting,” told the star-studded crowd he was “just a kid” back then.
“I never thought that I would be back here and I am because of so many of you who are here tonight, because of this Academy, because of so many wonderful people who extended themselves to me when they had nothing to benefit from it in Hollywood, you know, I couldn’t them a job,” he said. “I want to thank them and I want to thank what they taught me, which is that you have to work harder than you think you possibly can. You can’t hold grudges. It’s hard, but you can’t hold grudges. And it doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life, because that’s going to happen. All that matters is that you gotta get up.”
Day-Lewis made Oscar history with his win for his lead role in “Lincoln,” making him the first person to win the in category three times. He previously won for “My Left Foot” and “There Will Be Blood.”
“I really don’t know how any of this happened,” he said. “I do know that I’ve received so much more than my fair share of good fortune in my life.”
Known for immersing himself in roles and taking on his characters 24 hours a day during filming, the London-raised actor thanked his wife, Rebecca, noting that during his career “she has lived with some very strange men.”
“I mean they were strange as individuals and probably even stranger if taken as a group,” he said. “But luckily she’s the versatile one in the family and she’s been the perfect companion to all of them.”
“Lincoln” was the top nominee heading into the ceremony with 12, but won only two, the other for production design for Rick Carter and Jim Erickson.
Lawrence won her Oscar for her portrayal of Bradley Cooper’s romantic foil in “Silver Linings Playbook.” It was her second nomination in the category, with her first coming for “Winter’s Bone.”
“This is nuts,” the 22-year-old actress said. “Thank you to the Academy and thank you to the women this year. You were so magnificent and so inspiring, and not just those of you in my category.”
Austrian actor Christoph Waltz won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s slavery-era drama “Django Unchained.” Waltz, 56, won the same award for another Tarantino film, 2009′s “Inglourious Basterds,” and the actor heaped praise on the director while accepting his latest statuette at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
“We participated in a hero’s journey, the hero here being Quentin,” Waltz said while accepting the award at the 85th annual Academy Awards. “You scaled the mountain because you’re not afraid of it. You slay the dragon because you’re not afraid of it and you cross through fire because it’s worth it. I borrowed my character’s words. I’m sorry I couldn’t resist.”
Waltz, who also won a Golden Globe for his “Django” work, emerged victorious from a highly competitive field of candidates that included Screen Actors Guild Award winner Tommy Lee Jones of “Lincoln,” Robert De Niro of “Silver Linings Playbook,” Alan Arkin of “Argo” and Philip Seymour Hoffman of “The Master.”
Anne Hathaway rounded out her sweep of major Hollywood awards with a win for supporting actress for her tragic turn as Fantine, a woman who slaves in menial jobs to raise money for her daughter until she eventually dies, in the musical “Les Miserables.” It was the first Oscar for the 30-year-old actress, who was nominated as lead actress in 2008′s “Rachel Getting Married.”
“It came true,” she whispered as she held the award on stage. “Thank you so much to the Academy for this and for nominating me with Helen Hunt, Jacki Weaver, Amy Adams and Sally Field. I look up to you all so much and it’s been such an honor. Thank you.”
She thanked the cast and crew of the film and added, “Here’s hoping that someday in the not-too-distant future the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and never more in real life.”
Ang Lee’s win for best director was the second of his career. He also won for “Brokeback Mountain” and was previously nominated for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
“Thank you movie god,” Lee said. “I really need to share this with … everybody who worked with me on ‘Life of Pi.’ I really want to thank you for believing in this story and taking this incredible journey with me.”
The visually rich fantasy film also won Oscars for cinematography for Claudio Miranda and visual effects for Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott. The film also won for original score for Mychael Danna.
Quentin Tarantino won his second Oscar for original screenplay for his “Django Unchained” script. He previously won for “Pulp Fiction.”
Tarantino praised the actors in the film for giving life to the characters in the script.
“I actually think if people are, like, knowing about my movies 30 or 50 years from now it’s going to be because of the characters that I created,” he said. “And I really only got one chance to get it right. I have to cast the right people to make those characters come alive, and hopefully live for a long time. And boy this time did I do it. Thank you so much, guys.”
The Oscar for best adapted screenplay went to Chris Terrio for “Argo.”
The award for best original song went to Adele and Paul Epworth for the title song of the James Bond thriller “Skyfall.”
Disney’s “Brave” — the story of a rebellious Scottish princess’ test of wills with her mother as she challenges a pre-arranged marriage — won the Oscar for best animated feature, and co-director Brenda Chapman thanked her “wonderful, strong, beautiful daughter Emma, who inspired ‘Brave’ into being.”
John Kahr’s “Paperman” won for best animated short film — the first Disney Animation Studios-produced short to win the prize since 1969.
The Oscar for costume design when to Jacqueline Durran for “Anna Karenina” while Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell won the prize for hairstyling and makeup for “Les Miserables.”
Shawn Christensen won the Oscar for his live-action short “Curfew.” The award for documentary short subject went to Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine for “Inocente.”
“Searching for Sugar Man,” the story of two South Africans who set out in search of 1970s rock star Rodriguez, received the Oscar for best documentary feature.
The Austrian film “Amour” — a French-language drama about a married pair of retired music teachers whose love is tested when the woman suffers a stroke — won the Oscar for best foreign language film. The movie was the fifth in Oscar history to be nominated for both foreign language film and best picture.
The sound-mixing Oscar went to Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes for “Les Miserables.” The sound-editing category ended in a tie, with Oscars going to Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for “Skyfall” and Paul N.J. Ottosson for “Zero Dark Thirty.”
For film editing, the award went to “Argo’s” William Goldenberg, who picked up his first career Oscar. He has also been nominated in the category for his work on “Zero Dark Thirty.”
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