Canada A Big Part Of Oscar Celebrations

Canadians win as well as get kudos for Best Picture.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Canada got a shoutout during the biggest award of the Oscars last night when Ben Aflleck accepted the award for best film for "Argo," while Canadian icon William Shatner helped host Seth MacFarlane open the awards and a number of Canucks took home statuettes.

Toronto composer Mychael Danna won for Best Original Score for his work on Yann Martel's "Life of Pi," while BC set designer Jim Erickson won for his "Lincoln" production design and Guillaume Rocheron won for best visual effects for "Life of Pi."

William Shatner, or Captain Kirk, appeared via satellite to help MacFarlane wrangle up a few laughs during the intro monologue. And as the last Academy Award was handed out for the evening to the producers of "Argo" for Best Picture, Affleck thanked Canada in his acceptance speech, who played a pivotal role in housing hostages during the 1979 Iranian crisis of trying to capture a number of American diplomats, which the movie was based on.

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