The 85th Academy Awards may not be known for the unexpected.
As most would have thought, Oscar favourite Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) won the Best actor award, making it the third time that the British actor had won the coveted prize. Following a series of wins this award season, Best picture and Best supporting actress front runners Argo (dir. Ben Affleck) and Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables) too were awarded the prizes in the respective categories.
But the glitziest international film event of the year still managed a few surprises. In a move that few had expected, Ang Lee received the Best director title for Life of Pi, one of the top honours of this year’s Oscars.
The most unanticipated win went to Jennifer Lawrence (right), who had bagged the Best actress award, upsetting popular predictions that Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) would bring home the Oscar. Lawrence did not seem to expect the win either. In her excitement, she tripped on her heavy Dior Haute Couture dress on the steps of the stage.
Even before the award ceremony commenced, most viewers were already tuning in for the red carpet walk. Stars shone in classic gowns and well-coiffed hairdos; relive the glamour of the night by browsing our selection of red carpet snaps in the gallery below.
Winners of the 85th Academy Awards
Best picture: Argo
Best actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Best actress: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best supporting actor: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Best supporting actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
Best animated feature film: Brave
Best cinematography: Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)
Best costume design: Jacqueline Durran (Anna Karenina)
Best director: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Best documentary feature: Searching for Sugar Man
Best documentary short: Inocente
Best film editing: William Goldenberg (Argo)
Best foreign film: Amour
Best makeup and hairstyling: Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell (Les Misérables)
Best original score: Mychael Danna (Life of Pi)
Best original song: “Skyfall” from Skyfall
Best production design: Lincoln
Best animated short film: Paperman
Best short film: Curfew
Best sound editing: Skyfall
Best sound mixing: Les Misérables
Best visual effects: Life of Pi
Best adapted screenplay: Argo
Best original screenplay: Django Unchained
The 85th Academy Awards is available on demand in Singapore on FOX Movies Play (mio TV Ch. 409 and StarHub Ch. 623).
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