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.
There hasn't been a tie at the Academy Awards since 1994, when two films shared the award for Best Live Action Short. That dry spell was broken tonight in the biggest surprise of tonight's Academy Awards so far, as "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty" split the difference for Best Sound Editing.
This category was widely seen as one of the night’s toughest awards to call. “Skyfall” won the top prize at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Awards last week, but “Life of Pi” won two lesser awards from the same group.
For her performance in Universal's musical hit "Les Misérables," actress Anne Hathaway has won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 85th annual Academy Awards.
"It came true," she nearly whispered upon accepting the prize. She then thanked each of her fellow nominees in the category. "I look up to you all so much and it's been such an honor…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."
Michael Haneke's "Amour" has won Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th annual Academy Awards. It falls in line with films like "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Life is Beautiful" which were nominated for Best Picture and won the award in this category.
"Thank you very much for this honor," Haneke said from the stage of the Dolby Theatre. "I have to thank Michael Barker and Tom Bernard from Sony Classics," the second shout-out for the distributor this evening. Haneke also thanked his film's stars Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant, "because without them, I would not stand here."
It was a David-versus-Goliath battle for the Best Animated Short Oscar, and the heftier opponent won out as Disney’s black-and-white romance “Paperman” took the award.
Mainstream appeal also won out in the Best Live Action Short race, as Shawn Christensen's "Curfew" -- the only English-language, American-set nominee in a highly international field -- took the award. The Best Documentary Short Oscar, meanwhile, went to Sean Fine and Andrea Nix's "Inocente."
After first premiering way back at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2012, Malik Bendjelloul's "Searching for Sugar Man" has won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.