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‘Argo’ wins for best picture

Director and producer Ben Affleck accepts the Oscar for best picture for "Argo" at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-SHOW)
Director and producer Ben Affleck accepted the Oscar for best picture for "Argo" at the 85th Academy Awards.

It’s the 85th Academy Awards. Who will win the coveted golden statues? Will “Argo” win Best Picture? Or will “Lincoln” take the prize? Could it be the star-studded “Silver Linings Playbook”? Or the dramatic thriller “Zero Dark Thirty”? We will be keeping track of the winners, acceptance speeches, show highlights, and how host Seth MacFarlane pulls it all together in our live Oscar blog starting at 8:30 p.m.

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12:02 The End

As the credits roll, Seth and Kristin Chenoweth end with a musical tribute to the “losers,” including MacFarlane. Mercifully, they do not pan to these “losers” in the crowd.


There were several surprises tonight so congrats to all the office pool winners.

11:53 Best Picture

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Michelle Obama beams in from the White House Oscar party to introduce the nominees and the winner. “Argo.” The award goes to producers Grant Heslov, George Clooney, and Ben Affleck. On behalf of Clooney and himself, Heslov thanks Affleck as a director. A very rapidly speaking Affleck acknowledges Steven Spielberg specifically and all of the other nominees, awkwardly and sweetly thanks his wife Jennifer Garner, and thanks many people in the room for continuing to believe in him. “It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life, because that’s going to happen, all that matters is that you gotta get up.”

11:46 Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.” He also gets a nice ovation. He’s the first actor to win three Best Actor Oscars according to the announcer. He says he’s not sure how all of this good fortune has come to him. Then he gets a great line off about his presenter Meryl Streep. He says originally Steven Spielberg wanted her for the role. And for it to be a musical. He is funny, earnest, and magnanimous. Easily, the best speech of the night.

11:40 Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.” She stumbles slightly and starts her speech endearingly, “You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell.”

11:34 Best Director

“Life of Pi,” Ang Lee. Wow. Nice ovation. He thanks all 3,000 people who worked on the film.

11:32 So we’re two minutes past the scheduled end time. How much longer you think?


An hour?

11:27 Best Original Screenplay

“Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino. He giggles his way onstage and says if people remember his films in the future it will be because of the characters he’s created and that comes down to casting and he thanks his cast.

11:24 Best Adapted Screenplay

“Argo,” Chris Terrio. (Interesting. Many, many people predicted Tony Kushner would win for “Lincoln.”)

11:18 If Seth was bummed about not winning...

... he didn’t show it throwing to commercial. Pretty sure that even he knows that when you’re nominated in a category against Adele, you’re probably going home empty-handed.

11:12 Best Song

We get two see clips of two other nominees and then Norah Jones comes out to sing “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted,” which was co-written by Seth MacFarlane and Walter Murphy, who had a huge disco hit with “A Fifth of Beethoven.” All of that is of course prelude to “Skyfall,” by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth winning. This means Adele is halfway to an EGOT.

11:10 Best Score


“Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna

10:58 In Memoriam

This year’s sad roll call includes Ernest Borgnine, Jack Klugman, Celeste Holm, Charles Durning, Adam Yauch (the Beastie Boy was also a film producer), critic Andrew Sarris, Tony Scott, Nora Ephron, and Marvin Hamlisch, who is paid tribute by Barbra Stresiand who emerges to sing his praises and “The Way We Were.”

10:54 So who hasn’t Seth MacFarlane offended?

We all knew the “Ted” director and Fox animated series king was going to be polarizing but my Twitter timeline has mostly complaints about MacFarlane’s jokes and amount of screen time. I’m more concerned that we’re two and a half hours in and we still haven’t heard all of the Best Song nominees yet or gotten to any of the big awards. The next needless “bit” on the show needs to get the “Jaws.”

10:49 Best Production Design

“Lincoln,” Rick Carter and Jim Erickson (Presented by Harry Potter and a limping Bella.)

10:43 Best Picture Clips

Nicole Kidman introduces the final trio of clips of “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Django Unchained,” and “Amour.”

10:35 Adele sings “Skyfall”

Adele sings Best Song nominee “Skyfall” from “Skyfall.” Following Bassey and the musicals tribute earlier in the evening is not an enviable task but Adele acquits herself well, going with an understated approach to the melancholic ballad.

10:33 Best Editing

“Argo,” William Goldenberg.

10:29 Break time. (Sorry Academy prez.)

10:20 Best Supporting Actress

Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables” (As most predicted.) She starts off by looking at her Oscar saying “it came true.” (Guessing this is a nod to her song “I Dreamed a Dream”?) Then she does her list. She finishes with “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.”

10:15 Best Sound Editing

It’s a tie! First up: “Zero Dark Thirty,” Paul N.J. Ottosson Next: “Skyfall,” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers

10:13 Best Sound Mixing

“Les Miserables,” Andy Nelson, Simon Hayes, and Mark Paterson

10:11 Marky Mark and his teddy bear

Mark Wahlberg and “Ted” bring some Boston accents, and raunch, to the Oscahs.

10:09 Science!

After that huge musical number this tribute to the-- totally deserving-- science and tech award winners feels a little... dry.

9:53 Let’s put on a show!

It’s time for the tribute to the movie musical throughout the years. The line-up includes several Oscar winners and nominees. Now we’re talking.

First up is Catherine Zeta-Jones doing “All That Jazz” from “Chicago.” Excellent work.

Jennifer Hudson appears to reprise “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from “Dreamgirls.” And gets a standing ovation for her impressive efforts.

Then we get a show of force from the cast of current nominee “Les Miserables” including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Russell Crowe, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Banks, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

As a huge musicals fan this has been my favorite part of the show. Essentially the part where the Oscars turned into the Tonys.

9:52 Live...but not here??

Seth tells us that the orchestra is playing live from up the road at the Capitol Building.

9:50 Best Foreign Language Film

“Amour,” Austria

9:45 How’s Seth doing?

He’s gotten off a few good lines when he pops up and he seems to be handling the pressure well but it doesn’t feel like the room is really behind him. The show definitely has that “early awards that less people care about” drag happening. (This one right before commercial was pretty good: “When we come back... the cast of ‘Prometheus’ explains what the hell was going on there.”)

9:42 Best Documentary Feature Film

“Searching for Sugar Man,” Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn. (For music fans this film about Rodriguez is definitely worth seeing.)

9:38 Rush, Rush

So that play off seems to have been very effective, as all of the winners have really rushed through their acceptance speeches wary of getting cut off. Granted, none have been particularly captivating but perhaps they would be if they weren’t so nervous?

9:37 Best Picture Clips

Liam Neeson presents the second set of nominees “Argo,” “Lincoln,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” (I see what they did there.)

9:35 Best Documentary Short

“Inocente,” Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine.

9:32 Best Live Action Short

“Curfew,” Shawn Christensen.

9:22 Shaken, not stirred... into a montage

A visual and musical tribute to James Bond. The franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Following the quick-cut clip-fest Shirley Bassey comes out to sing “Goldfinger.” The Dame shut it down. (Can Sheena Easton be far behind?)

9:22 Reality check

The show has been on for less than an hour.

9:16 Best Costume Design and Make-Up

Costume: “Anna Karenina,” Jacqueline Durran

Make-up: “Les Miserables,” Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

9:09 Best Visual Effects

“Life of Pi,” Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, and Donald R. Elliott. They are played off by the “Jaws” theme song even as the accepter is trying to make a heartfelt plea on behalf of someone connected with the film who is experiencing financial difficulties. Awkward. (That’s two in a row for “Pi.”)

9:06 Best Cinematography

“Life of Pi,” Claudio Miranda.

9:05 Avengers assemble!

Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Jeremy Renner join hand out awards and needle each other.

9:04 Q-ute!

Quvenshane Wallis does a cute fist pump after her clip.

9:01 Best Picture Clips

Reese Witherspoon introduces the clips for a trio of nominated films “Les Miserables,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and “Life of Pi.”

9:00 Best Animated Feature Film

“Brave,” Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. Andrews is wearing a snazzy kilt.

8:55 Best Animated Short Film

“Paperman,” John Kahrs.

8:48 Best Supporting Actor

And the winner is: Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained.” He gives his respect to his fellow nominees, Robert De Niro, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Alan Arkin, and Tommy Lee Jones.

8:46 Be Our Guest

On Shatner’s advice he ends the monologue with a big song and dance number set to the tune of the Disney favorite. Whether you loved or hated it, Seth’s got pipes.

8:44 Seth really, really likes Sally Field

In a bit with the Oscar nominee he dresses up as the Flying Nun and hits on Field and they start making out. Field’s a great sport.

8:42 Dancing with the stars

Daniel Radcliffe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Seth do a little soft shoe to “High Hopes.” (All of this in keeping with this year’s theme celebrating the movie musical.) Very classy and cute.

8:40 “Magic Mike,” a “Monster,” and Seth

In order to save the show and “celebrate” old style Hollywood glamour, Seth instead segues into “The Way You Look Tonight” and Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron do a lovely dance routine.

8:35 Captain Kirk beams down

William Shatner appears onscreen to needle Seth and to stop him from “destroying the Academy Awards” and shows him a headline from tomorrow saying he’s the worst host ever. He wonders why Tina Fey and Amy Poehler can’t host everything. And then he shares an “offensive” song that Seth will sing “later” called “We Saw Your Boobs,” which is actually pretty snappy.

8:30 Oscar meet “Ted”

Seth MacFarlane kicks things off with a winner: “The quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh begins now.”

He also gets off a nice bit about Ben Affleck being shut out of the best director race saying that the story of “Argo” was so classified that the Academy didn’t even know who directed it.

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