Take a breath, sit back and crack open a nice bottle of Chablis because the 85th Annual Academy Awards have just begun and CraveOnline is here with all the latest updates.
It's been a long, strange run-up to the Oscars this year, thanks in large part to a Best Picture race that's been anything but predictable. Before the nominations were announced, everyone suspected that Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Tom Hooper's Les Miserables would be shoe-ins, at least as potential frontrunners, but then both filmmakers were surprisingly snubbed in the Best Director category, and their films' buzz died down to a quiet whisper. Everyone figured that Steven Spielberg's Lincoln was a sure thing after that, since it also earned the most nominations overall (usually a good sign), but then Ben Affleck's Iran hostage thriller Argo, which was also snubbed for for Best Director, started sweeping all the guild awards, changing the Oscar landscape completely. Will Argo become the first film since Driving Miss Daisy to win Best Picture without a Best Director nomination, or will Lincoln come from behind and dominate its rival, like Braveheart did to Apollo 13 back in 1996?
Who will win? We'll find out in a few minutes. Hit "Refresh" periodically for up-to-the-minute updates. Why not get ready by watching CraveOnline's Oscar predictions for 2013 with B-Movies Podcast co-hosts William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold? You can watch Part 1 and Part 2 here, and see for yourself just how right – or how miserably wrong – we both were.
And the Oscar goes to…
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Christoph Waltz immediately turned heads by taking home his second Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and his second for playing a well-spoken Quentin Tarantino badass, first in Inglourious Basterds and now in Django Unchained. Waltz is a major surprise in this award, which many expected would go to either Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook or Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln.
Best Animated Short Subject: Paperman
John Kars has won the Academy Award for his animated love story Paperman, about two people brought together by pressed wood pulp. Audiences may recognize the film from when it opened in front of Disney's Wreck-It Ralph.
Best Animated Feature: Brave
Pixar once again takes home the Academy Award for Best Animated film, for one of their least-well reviewed films, Brave. It's yet another surprise, as many predicted this award would go to either Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, or Disney's Wreck-It Ralph.
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Life of Pi takes home its first Oscar of the evening, for Best Cinematography. Once again, acclaimed director of photography Roger Deakins has been snubbed, making 0 wins for 10 nominations.
Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Life of Pi wins its second Academy Award, immediately,for Best Visual Effects. Life of Pi beat out such popular films as The Avengers, Prometheus and The Hobbit to take home this award, but the Academy always seems to prefer a visual effects winner with lofty artistic ambitions.
Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina wins Jacqueline Durran her first Oscar for Best Costume design, a well-deserved accolade for an impressive costume drama.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Les Miserables
Despite The Hobbit's impressive monsters, the Academy decided to award Les Miserables for its period production. Maybe they felt Peter Jackson's films won last time around didn't need another one?
Best Live-Action Short Subject: Curfew
Shawn Christensen wins an Oscar for his short film Curfew, which he wrote, directed and starred in, about a suicidal drug addict who gets a new lease on life after spending the evening with his precocious young niece. Christensen also wrote the screenplay for the Taylor Lautner thriller Abduction.
Best Documentary Short Subject: Inocente
The most uplifting documentary short film takes home the Oscar. Inocente is about a precocious but homeless young artist putting on her first gallery showing and overcoming her difficult relationship with her mother.
Best Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man
The Oscar for Best Documentary Feature goes to Searching for Sugar Man, about two South African fans of the American musician Rodriguez, who investigate his rumored death.
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour
Michael Haneke finally wins an Academy Award, for Amour, the heartbreaking story of an elderly couple enduring the hardships of a slow, painful death. It's absolutely brutal, and absolutely excellent.
Best Sound Mixing: Les Miserables
Les Miserables earns its second Oscar of the evening for Best Sound Mixing, which was of course instrumental to the effects heavy period wall-to-wall musical.
Best Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty & Skyfall
It's the first tie in… Wow, we can't even remember. It's been a very, very long time since the any Oscar has ended in a tie, and it's for Best Sound Editing. This is pretty much the biggest surprise of the night. Zero Dark Thirty gets its first Oscar win, as does Skyfall, two films with impressive action sequences and espionage soundscapes. Wow.
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Les Miserables continues its very impressive showing at this year's Academy Awards, with the first-ever Oscar for Anne Hathaway (she was nominated previously for Rachel Getting Married). It may be the most predictable winner of the evening. The Academy has been polishing her name plate on that Oscar since the first time she sang "I Dreamed a Dream," but she did a great job, so good for her.
Best Film Editing: Argo
Argo wins its first, and probably not last Academy Award of the evening, for Best Film Editing. Yeah, it was edited pretty well. William Goldenberg has been nominated three times before, for The Insider, Seabiscuit, and again this year for Zero Dark Thirty. This Oscar often goes hand-in-hand with Best Picture, so stay tuned…
Best Production Design: Lincoln
Lincoln earns its first Oscar for Best Production Design. Although the film had impressiely accurate period detail, it's something of an upset, as many considered the ever-shifting moving sets of Anna Karenina a shoe-in in this particular category.
Best Musical Score: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Mychael Danna takes the Best Original Score Oscar for Life of Pi, a film that depends a lot upon its musical score to drive the very isolated story, about a boy trapped in a lifeboat with a tiger, forward. It's Mychael Danna's first win and second nomination, also for Life of Pi, in the Best Original Song category.
Best Original Song: "Skyfall," from Skyfall
As predicted by just about every human, the theme song for Skyfall, written by Adele and Paul Epworth, has won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Believe it or not, it's the first Oscar ever bestowed to a James Bond theme song, despite decades of memorable songs connected to the blockbuster franchise.
Best Adapted Screeplay: Chris Terrio, Argo
Chris Terrio just won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Argo, his first produced feature screenplay, based on a book by the film's protagonist Tony Mendez, and Joshuah Bearman's article "Escape from Tehran."
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino just won his second Academy Award for Django Unchained, after his groundbreaking script for Pulp Fiction and clever historical revisionism of Inglourious Basterds. It's the second win for Django Unchained, and many thought it might get snubbed at the Academy Awards. Never underestimate Tarantino, folks. We have learned our lessons.
Best Director: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
WHOA. Ang Lee just won his second Academy Award for Best Director, for Life of Pi. Few, if any, Oscar prognosticators predicted this one. Everyone thought it was going to Steven Spielberg, or at most Michael Haneke. Consider our minds completely blown.
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Jennifer Lawrence wins her first Academy Award, after being nominated previously for Winter's Bone. It's the only win for Silver Linings Playbook this year, and yet another example of the Academy leaning towards young ingenues in the Lead Actress category.
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Daniel Day-Lewis wins his third Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's biopic about the 16th President of the United States. It's not much of a surprise, but well deserved. Also, what the hell is up with the Academy ruining the ending of Flight? So long, suspense…
Best Picture: Argo
Michelle Obama presents the Academy Award for Best Picture, believe it or not, to Argo. Yup, Ben Affleck got his second Oscar after all (remember Good Will Hunting?), just not for Best Director. It's the first film to win Best Picture without a nomination for Best Director in over 20 years, since Driving Miss Daisy. It's been a long, strange trip to Best Picture for Argo, which wasn't the frontrunner, and in fact was probably considered a longshot, until a month ago, when it started sweeping the guild awards.
Congratulations to all the winners, many of whom surprised the living hell out of us. Most surprising Oscar telecast in many, many years. Very impressive for everyone involved.