I’m writing this column, the last Tech Support entry for this 2012-2013 Oscar season, with a strange combination of ambivalence and a touch of the bittersweet. Despite the fun of awards season, and this one in particular, it is somewhat relieving to see it come to an end.
Well, we knew going in that this would probably not be our proudest year for predictions. While a number of categories had cast-iron frontrunners, many were considerably trickier, with two or even three plausible outcomes making for little consensus among pundits.
Some years you simply have stronger instincts than others, and even with no jaw-dropping upsets last night, uncertainty got the better of us in a number of categories. Between our three HitFix pundits, it was Kris who came out on top, calling 18 out of 24 categories correctly. Greg Ellwood was just behind with 17 predictions right, while yours truly brought up the rear with a lowly 16.
Crowning off an industry awards running of the table, from the Critics' Choice Movie Awards the night director Ben Affleck was passed over for a Best Director Oscar nomination through a guild circuit that brought high profile recognition from the likes of producers, directors, actors and writers, Warner Bros. Pictures' "Argo" has been named Best Picture of 2012 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
"I know what you're thinking. The three sexiest producers alive," said producer Grant Heslov said between co-producers George Clooney and Ben Affleck on the stage of the Dolby Theatre, able to accept a prize as producer despite being left off the directors' line-up. "I want to acknowledge my partner in crime and my great friend George Clooney. Everybody should be so lucky to have a partner as talented, as humorous and with so much integrity. On behalf of George and myself, I want to thank you, Ben. You directed a hell of a film."
Daniel Day-Lewis has broken an Oscar record this evening. The "Lincoln" star picked up the Best Actor trophy for his performance in the Steven Spielberg film, making him the first actor to win three lead actor prizes.
Jennifer Lawrence, the 22-year-old star of "Silver Linings Playbook," has won the Oscar for Best Actress at the 85th annual Academy Awards.
"Thank you to the women this year," she said in her acceptance speech. " You were so magnificent and so inspired. It's been so amazing getting to know you…you've made this experience unforgettable."
In a race lacking the frontrunner for Best Picture ("Argo" director Ben Affleck was left off the list by his fellow filmmakers in the Academy), Best Director boiled down to the visionary, watercolor vision of "Life of Pi" helmer Ang Lee.
Quentin Tarantino and Chris Terrio will be the lucky writers walking out of the Dolby Theatre tonight with Oscars in hand. The two men won their prizes for "Django Unchained" (Best Original Screenplay) and "Argo" (Best Adapted Screenplay) respectively.
Pop music sensation can add an Oscar to the countless American Music Awards, Billboard Awards and Grammys she's amassed to date. The "Rolling in the Deep" vocalist won Best Original Song at the Academy Awards this evening for her title track to the James Bond film "Skyfall."
"Life of Pi" have have taken the Best Original Score Oscar for long-serving Canadian composer Mychael Danna -- his first ever win -- but that was far from the only celebration of music in the movies at tonight's ceremony.
The odds may be against "Les Miserables" taking Best Picture at the Academy Awards tonight, but don't tell that to telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who gave the film the most generous showcase of any of the nominees in a glittery number dedicated to three of the Academy's favorite musicals of the last decade.
It's no surprise the three big period pieces up for awards at tonight's 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony dominated on the design front. Joe Wright's adaptation "Anna Karenina," Tom Hooper's musical "Les Misérables" and Steven Spielberg's biopic "Lincoln" ended up splitting the awards for Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Production Design.