"Argo" Tops 85th Academy Awards! Argo F*&k Yourself! 

And in the end, it was the movie with a snubbed director that took the top prize. Ben Affleck's "Argo" rocked the Academy Awards by winning the Best Picture of the year award. The biggest surprise for me was Ang Lee who went home with the Best Director trophy for "Life of Pi" while Steven Spielberg went home empty handed. His "Lincoln" still won two Academy Awards, one for Best Actor for the great Daniel Day-Lewis' fine performance as our beloved 16th President, and the other for production design.

Just as I predicted to the lovely Anne Hathaway three months ago, she went home with the Best Supporting Actress trophy for her brilliant performance as Fantine in "Les Miserables." This sort of is a blessing from the Academy as well for turning in a memorable Catwoman performance in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."

Jennifer Lawrence won (and fell, sorry JLaw) the Best Actress trophy for "Silver Linings Playbook." Like Hathaway, she is given blessings by the Academy for being consistent with her acting, yes, even as Katniss in "The Hunger Games."

Many films divided the trophies, even Quentin Tarantino's visceral "Django Unchained" took home trophies -- one, for the fantastic Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor, and Tarantino won the Best Original Screenplay award beating the front runner and Writer's Guild Awards winner, Mark Boal for "Zero Dark Thirty."

"Zero Dark Thirty" tied (yes, the 6th time in Oscar history) with "Skyfall" for Best Sound Editing. That was the only award the film received. The James Bond flick also won Best Original Song performed and co-written by Adele.

Here's the complete list of the 85th Annual Academy Award Nominees/Winners (highlighted):

Best Picture

*** "Argo"
"Beasts Of The Southern Wild"
"Django Unchained"
"Les Miserables"
"Life Of Pi"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Director

Michael Haneke - "Amour"
Benh Zeitlin - "Beasts Of The Southern Wild"
*** Ang Lee - "Life Of Pi"
Steven Spielberg - "Lincoln"
David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Actor In A Leading Role

Denzel Washington - "Flight"
Hugh Jackman - "Les Miserables"
*** Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"
Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master"
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Actress In A Leading Role

Emmanuelle Riva - "Amour"
Quvenzhane Wallis - "Beasts Of The Southern Wild"
Naomi Watts - "The Impossible"
*** Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings PLaybook"
Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Alan Arkin - "Argo"
*** Christoph Waltz - "Django Unchained"
Tommy Lee Jones - "Lincoln"
Philip Seymour Hoffman - "The Master"
Robert De Niro - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

*** Anne Hathaway - "Les Miserables"
Sally Field - "Lincoln"
Amy Adams "The Master"
Helen Hunt - "The Sessions"
Jacki Weaver - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Original Screenplay

Michael Haneke - "Amour"
*** Quentin Tarantino - "Django Unchained"
John Gatins - "Flight"
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola - "Moonrise Kingdom"
Mark Boal - "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Adapted Screenplay

*** Chris Terrio - "Argo
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin - "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
David Magee - "Life Of Pi"
Tony Kushner - "Lincoln"
David O. Russell - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Best Foreign Language Film

*** "Amour"
"A Royal Affair"
"War Witch"

Best Animated Feature Film

*** "Brave"
"The Pirates"
"Wreck-It Ralph"

Best Original Song

"Chasing Ice"
"Life Of Pi"
"Les Miserables"
*** "Skyfall"

Best Cinematography

Seamus McGarvey - "Anna Karenina"
Robert Richardson - "Django Unchained"
*** Claudio Miranda - "Life Of Pi"
Janusz Kaminski - "Lincoln"
Roger Deakins - "Skyfall"

Best Film Editing

*** William Goldenberg - "Argo"
Tim Squyres - "Life Of Pi"
Michael Kahn - Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers - "Silver Linings Playbook"
William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor - Zero Dark Thirty

Best Costume Design

*** Jacqueline Durran - "Anna Karenina"
Paco Delgado - "Les Miserables"
Joanna Johnston - "Lincoln"
Eiko Ishioka - "Mirror Mirror"
Colleen Atwood - "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Best Documentary Feature

"5 Broken Cameras"
"The Gatekeepers"
"How To Survive A Plague"
"The Invisible War"
*** "Searching For Sugar Man"

Best Visual Effects

"The Avengers"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
*** "Life Of Pi"
"Snow White And The Huntsman"

Best Production Design

Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer - "Anna Karenina"
Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright - "The Hobbit"
Eve Stewart - "Les Miserables"
David Gropman, Anna Pinnock - "Life Of Pi"
*** Rick Carter, Jim Erickson, Peter T Frank - "Lincoln"

Best Original Score

Dario Marianelli - "Anna Karenina"
Alexandre Desplat - "Argo"
*** Mychael Danna - "Life Of Pi"
John Williams - "Lincoln"
Thomas Newman - "Skyfall"

Best Make Up

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
*** "Les Miserables"

Best Sound Editing

"Django Unchained"
"Life Of Pi"
*** "Skyfall"
*** "Zero Dark Thirty"

Best Sound Mixing

*** "Les Miserables"
"Life Of Pi"

Best Documentary Short Film

*** "Inocente"
"Kings Point"
"Mondays At Racine"
"Open Heart"

Best Animated Short

"Adam And Dog"
"Fresh Guacamole"
"Head Over Heels"
"Maggie Simpson In The Longest Daycare"
*** "Paperman"

Best Live-Action Short Film

"Buzkashi Boys"
*** "Curfew"
"Death Of A Shadow"

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85th Academy Awards Minute-by-Minute 

Awwww.....Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron rocked it!

Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt! What a handsome pair!

Okay, this Flying Nun bit is funny but honestly, can we go on with it?

Okay, the Best Supporting Actor Oscar! Will it be Tommy Lee Jones?

OMG...the wig didn't win! It's Christoph Watlz for "Django Unchained!"

Why were they playing "E.T.?"

PAPERMAN won Best Animated Short!

BRAVE won Best Animated Film!


Awww...Quvenzhane Wallis!!!!! I love her!!!!!

6:05 -- All hail THE AVENGERS!

That Claudio Miranda looks like a Cullen LOL

LIFE OF PI wins Best Visual Effects and Cinematography!

Hurry up JAWS is coming!!!!

What a lovely couple -- Jennifer Aniston and Channing Tatum!

Jacqueline Durran wins Best Costume Design for ANNA KARENINA

LES MISERABLES wins Best Make-Up because it's really hard to make beautiful Hollywood folks ugly

Whoa, Halle Berry -- she looks intergalactic!

Awwww...the music of JAMES BOND!!!! Love it!!!!

All hail Shirley Bassey!

Okay, Shirley Bassey was the best thing of the night so far!

CURFEW wins Best Live-Action Short Film!

INOCENTE wins Best Documentary Short film! Crap, I missed that one! I chose the fantastic MONDAYS AT RACINE

Awwww...the artists speech!

Ooooh, Liam Neeson must be telling himself -- why the heck did I drop out of LINCOLN?

A friend of mine asks, "Did Liam Neeson have a facelift?



Funny PROMETHEUS joke!!!!

Seth MacFarlane is better with one-liners than a full skit, me thinks!

Give it to AMOUR!

And yes, AMOUR wins!!!!

Awwww....Michael Haneke is sweet! His sweet must be proud!

Hide the male masseurs! John Travolta is here!!!!

Did Travolta just say LES MISERAB.....LES?

Okay, the showtunes part of the show, everyone quiet!!!!!

Love Catherine Zeta-Jones!!!!!

Bow down to Jennifer Hudson! Hey, where's Eddie Murphy? What about Beyonce?

I wonder if Jennifer Hudson still thinks that Simon Cowell is in the audience lol

Bow down to LES MISERABLES! Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen representin'!

Okay, naysayers, the LES MISERABLES cast ROCKED IT! I felt like I was watching the Tonys!

Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana introducing the Special Oscar!

It took Seth MacFarlane almost two hours before mentioning TED!


A tie, a tie! ZERO DARK THIRTY and SKYFALL share the BEST SOUND MIXING award!

Okay Anne Hathaway better win!!!!! Or I'll throw my crystal ball!

Yes, Anne Hathaway wins! Whew! It came true indeed! I loved that I told her she'd win three months ago!

Awwww....what a great speech Anne Hathaway! Fantine would be so proud!

Adele is about to perform SKYFALL, time for my Martini break!

Sandra Bullock presenting Film Editing!

Will ARGO win?

Yay! ARGO wins Best Film Editing...for a while there I thought ZERO DARK THIRTY would take the trophy but whew....

Jennifer Lawrence is pretty tonight don't you think?

The unstoppable Adele indeed!

Love Adele but Shirley Bassey stole her thunder tonight!

Nicole Kidman introducing Best Picture nominees SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, DJANGO UNCHAINED, and AMOUR!

Ooooh, HARRY POTTER and Bella Swan unite!

Hey, who is Kristen Stewart's hair stylist?

Rick Carter, Jim Erickson, Peter T. Frank from LINCOLN wins Best Production Design!

In Memoriam coming up, get your tissues ready!

The In Memoriam always gets me!!!! Boo hooo hoooo hoooo hooooooo :sad

Awwwww....an homage to Marvin Hamlisch by no other than Barbra Streisand!

The last time Streisand sang at the Academy Awards was in 1977 performing her Oscar-winning song, "Evergreen," from "A Star is Born."

Okay the Rex Reed line was funny

Yay, Mychael Danna for LIFE OF PI wins!

And now, the Original Song!

Norah Jones all made-up to sing the TED Oscar-nominated song!

Adele put on more lipstick! Luscious lips!

6 more awards left!

And yes ARGO wins Best Adapted Screenplay! Up next, Best Picture!

Wow! Quentin Tarantino wins Best Original Screenplay for DJANGO UNCHAINED! WELL-DESERVED!

"This will be the writer's year, man," well said Quentin Tarantino

Only 4 more awards!

Jane Fonda still looks stunning!

Oooooh, Best Director

Wow! What a big surprise! Ang Lee beats Spielberg for Best Director!

Awwww...Ang Lee's wife looks soooo happy :)

The top 3 categories coming up!!!!

Ooooooh, the Best Actress Oscar now

I love Quvenzhane Wallis!

Wow, Jennifer Lawrence wins!!!!!

Let's bow down to the great Meryl Streep!

In any given year, Denzel Washington deserves to win...but, sorry, it's Daniel Day-Lewis' year!

And here comes the big one...BEST PICTURE! And all hail Jack Nicholson!

Ooooh, the First Lady Michele Obama is introducing the Best Picture nominees live from the White House!

Drum roll....and the Oscar goes to.....ARGO!

Ben Affleck looks nervous, overwhelmed, but totally happy! Good for him!

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"Silver Linings Playbook" Tops Independent Spirit Awards, Big Win for "Amour," Matthew McConaughey Too! 

David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" was the big winner at the 28th annual Independent Spirit Awards held in Santa Monica, CA this afternoon and hosted by Andy Samberg. "Silver Linings" took home the Best Feature, Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Director, and Screenplay trophies.

McConaughey, who nearly stole the show in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," won the Best Supporting Male award for a performance that was largely ignored by the Academy Awards. As Samberg astutely observed, "We've got Matthew McConaughey...Hollywood fuck you!"

Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Female Lead award for "Silver Linings Playbook," while John Hawkes took home the Best Male Lead trophy for "Sessions." His co-star, Helen Hunt, won the Best Supporting Female award.

Michael Haneke's "Amour," a darling of the 85th Academy Awards, deservingly won Best International Film.

The awards show can be seen on IFC tonight at 10 pm (EST).

Here's the full list of winners (highlighted)/nominees; for winners/nominees of other award-giving bodies, click here:


Beasts of the Southern Wild- Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey and Josh Penn

Bernie -- Producers: Liz Glotzer, Richard Linklater, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Judd Payne, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Ginger Sledge, Matt Williams

Keep the Lights On -- Producers: Marie Therese Guirgis, Lucas Joaquin, Ira Sachs Moonrise Kingdom -- Producers: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin

*WINNER: Silver Linings Playbook -- Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon


Wes Anderson -- Moonrise Kingdom

*WINNER: David O. Russell -- Silver Linings Playbook

Julia Loktev -- The Loneliest Planet

Ira Sachs -- Keep the Lights On

Benh Zeitlin -- Beasts of the Southern Wild


Wes Anderson -- Moonrise Kingdom

*WINNER: David O. Russell -- Silver Linings Playbook

Ira Sachs -- Keep the Lights On

Zoe Kazan -- Ruby Sparks

Martin McDonagh - Seven Psychopaths


Fill the Void -- Director: Rama Burshtein; Producer: Assaf Amir

Gimme the Loot -- Director: Adam Leon; Producers: Dominic Buchanan, Natalie Difford, Jamund Washington

Safety Not Guaranteed -- Director: Colin Trevorrow; Producer: Derek Connolly, Stephanie Langhoff, Peter Saraf, Colin Trevorrow,MarcTurtletaub

Sound of My Voice -- Director: Zal Batmanglij; Producers: Brit Marling, Hans Ritter, Shelley Surpin

*WINNER: The Perks of Being a Wallfower -- Director: Stephen Chbosky; Producers: Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith


*WINNER: Derek Connolly -- Safety Not Guaranteed

Rama Burshstein -- Fill the Void

Christopher Ford -- Robot & Frank

Rashida Jones and Will McCormack -- Celeste and Jesse Forever

Jonathan Lisecki -- Gayby


Breakfast with Curtis -- Writer/Director/Producer: Laura Colella

*WINNER: Middle of Nowhere -- Writer/Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay; Producers: Howard Barish, Paul Garnes

Mosquita y Mari -- Writer/Director: Aurora Guerrero; Producer: Chad Burris

Starlet -- Writer/Director: Sean Baker; Producers: Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach,FrancescaSilvestri

The Color Wheel -- Writer/Director/Producer: Alex Ross Perry; Writer: Carlen Altman Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith


Linda Cardinelli -- Return

Emayatzy Corinealdi -- Middle of Nowhere

*WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence -- Silver Linings Playbook

Quvenzhane Wallis -- Beasts of the Southern Wild

Mary Elizabeth Winstead -- Smashed


Jack Black -- Bernie

Bradley Cooper -- Silver Linings Playbook

*WINNER: John Hawkes -- The Sessions

Matthew McConaughey -- Killer Joe

Wendell Pierce -- Four

Thure Lindhardt -- Keep the Lights On


Rosemarie DeWitt -- Your Sister's Sister

Ann Dowd -- Compliance

*WINNER: Helen Hunt -- The Sessions

Brit Marling -- Sound of My Voice

Lorraine Toussant -- Middle of Nowhere


*WINNER: Matthew McConaughey -- Magic Mike

David Oyelowo -- Middle of Nowhere

Michael Pena -- End of Watch

Sam Rockwell -- Seven Psychopaths

Bruce Willis -- Moonrise Kingdom


Yoni Brook -- Valley of Saints

Lol Crawley -- Here

*WINNER: Ben Richardson -- Beasts of the Southern Wild

Roman Vasyanov -- End of Watch

Robert Yeoman -- Moonrise Kingdom


How to Survive a Plague -- Director: David France; Producers: David France, Howard Gertler

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present -- Director: Matthew Akers; Producers: Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre

The Central Park Five -- Directors/Producers: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon

*WINNER: The Invisible War -- Director: Kirby Dick; Producers: Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering

The Waiting Room -- Director/Producer: Peter Nicks; Producers: Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch


*WINNER: Amour -- Director: Michael Haneke

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia -- Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Rust and Bone -- Director: Jacques Audiard

Sister -- Director: Ursula Meier

War Witch -- Director: Kim Nguyen


Nobody Walks -- Producer: Alicia Van Couvering

Prince Avalanche -- Producer: Derrick Tseng

*WINNER: Stones in the Sun -- Producer: Mynette Louie


Pincus -- Director: David Fenster

*WINNER: Gimme the Loot -- Director: Adam Leon

Electrick Children -- Director: Rebecca Thomas


Leviathan -- Directors: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel

*WINNER: The Waiting Room -- Director: Peter Nicks

Only the Young -- Directors: Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims


*WINNER: Starlet -- Director: Sean Baker; Casting Director: Julia Kim; Ensemble Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone

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Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman to Present Oscar Night! 

The legendary Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson will be presenting at the Oscars! Both are multiple Academy Award winners and will add a little bit of spark on Oscar Night.

Nicholson has been nominated 12 times and won Best Actor Oscars for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" in 1975 and "As Good as It Gets" in 1997. He also won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 1983's "Terms of Endearment."

Hoffman has been nominated seven times and won Best Actor Oscars for "Kramer vs. Kramer" in 1979 and "Rain Man" in 1988.

Here's the rest of the press release:

“Between the two of them, Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman have created more iconic characters than any other pair of actors in the world,” said Zadan and Meron. “Their participation in this year’s Oscars completes a list of presenters and performers that truly represents that great breadth and depth of acting talent in film today.”

Previously announced Oscar presenters include Jane Fonda, Jennifer Garner, Kristen Stewart, Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston, Michael Douglas, Jamie Foxx, Paul Rudd, Salma Hayek Pinault, Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, Ted and "Marvel's The Avengers" cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; "Chicago" cast members Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers including Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit and Helena Bonham, Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.

Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.

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Oscar 2013 Predictions -- My Complete, Fearless Oscar Predictions in All Categories! 

Predicting the Oscars? Whew! It’s a tough one this year! Besides, honestly, Anne Hathaway and Daniel Day-Lewis, there’s no clear-cut favorite at the 85th Academy Awards. Even Hathaway and Day-Lewis are on shaky grounds, okay, not that much. They may be surefire but what about for Best Picture, or heck, Best Director with the presumed frontrunner, Ben Affleck, missing from the race?

But, every year, I slaved to give you my honest, heartfelt Oscar predictions, which should help you with your Oscar pool…I hope. If you win anything, just give me an Oscar buck!

So here you go, my complete 2013 Oscar predictions for all categories: Read More...

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