Oscar Talk: Ep. 108 -- Special Edition! -- Wrapping up the 85th annual Academy Awards

Oscar Talk: Ep. 108 -- Special Edition! -- Wrapping up the 85th annual Academy Awards

The curtain drops

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

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<p>Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum at the 85th annual Academy Awards.</p>

Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum at the 85th annual Academy Awards.

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Everybody's fine: closing thoughts on an Oscar season of multiple narratives

With eight of nine Best Picture nominees rewarded, it wasn't all about 'Argo'

Hours before last night's Academy Awards ceremony, I was called up by a UK news network that required a last-minute talking head to discuss the evening ahead. In the cab on the way to the studio, the channel's researcher briefed me on the ground we'd cover, before asking, "So what's the big story of the night going to be?"

I reeled off something about "Argo" being the probable Best Picture winner, with a side order of The Vindication of Ben Affleck, but inside I was slightly thrown by the question. What was the big story going to be at the end of a long, circuitous race in which no one film has had everything its own way -- but one which looked ready to test any number of rare precedents, and perhaps create one or two of its own?

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<p>Sean&nbsp;Fine and Andrea Nix&nbsp;Fine backstage at the 85th annual Academy Awards</p>

Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine backstage at the 85th annual Academy Awards

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Oscar-winning director Sean Fine shows some RG3 support at the Academy Awards

Is it wrong that this makes me like the movie even more?

Here's a nice story that totally blind-sided me today. Did you know that Oscar-winning filmmaker Sean Fine ("Inocente") is a huge Redskins fan? It goes deeper than that, actually, and this blog post from Stephen Czarda lays out the story, which led to Fine sporting some nifty burgundy and gold socks on the red carpet last night.

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<p>Claudio Miranda holds his Oscar for Best&nbsp;Cinematography for &quot;Life of Pi&quot;</p>

Claudio Miranda holds his Oscar for Best Cinematography for "Life of Pi"

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Tech Support: 'Life of Pi' has a strong crafts showing at the Oscars

But seven films were awarded across the 10 categories

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.

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<p>Christoph&nbsp;Waltz backstage at the 85th annual Academy Awards</p>

Christoph Waltz backstage at the 85th annual Academy Awards

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Who is HitFix's top pundit in a tricky year for Oscar predictions?

Okay, so not anyone's best showing this year

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.

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<p>Ben Affleck at the 85th annual&nbsp;Academy&nbsp;Awards</p>

Ben Affleck at the 85th annual Academy Awards

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Ben Affleck's 'Argo' named Best Picture of the year at the 85th annual Academy Awards

Jack Nicholson presents the honor with First Lady Michelle Obama

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."

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<p>Meryl Streep presents the Best Actor Oscar to&nbsp;&quot;Lincoln&quot;&nbsp;star Daniel&nbsp;Day-Lewis at the 85th annual Academy&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Meryl Streep presents the Best Actor Oscar to "Lincoln" star Daniel Day-Lewis at the 85th annual Academy Awards.

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'Lincoln' star Daniel Day-Lewis wins Best Actor Oscar

And he sets a new record in the process

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.

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence at the 85th annual Academy&nbsp;Awards</p>

Jennifer Lawrence at the 85th annual Academy Awards

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Jennifer Lawrence wins Best Actress at the Oscars for 'Silver Linings Playbook'

She edges out stiff competition from Jessica Chastain and Emmanuelle Riva

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."

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<p>Ang Lee at the 85th annual&nbsp;Academy&nbsp;Awards</p>

Ang Lee at the 85th annual Academy Awards

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Ang Lee wins Best Director Oscar for 'Life of Pi'

His second Academy Award to date

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.

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<p>Quentin Tarantino at the 85th annual&nbsp;Academy&nbsp;Awards</p>

Quentin Tarantino at the 85th annual Academy Awards

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'Argo' and 'Django Unchained' win screenplay Oscars

Tarantino picks up his second Academy Award to date

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.

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