Backstage at the 85th Academy Awards -- Read Full Transcripts of Best Picture Winner 

See what happened backstage at the Oscars! The Academy Awards sent transcripts to give you a glimpse of what you didn't see at the Oscar telecast!

CATEGORY: Best Picture
SPEECH BY: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
FILM: "Argo"

Grant Heslov:
I know what you’re thinking: the three sexiest producers alive. I want to thank the Academy, this is truly an honor. There are literally thousands of people to thank, so thankfully I’m not going to thank them now. I’m going to thank everybody personally in the next few weeks, but there are a couple of people I want to acknowledge. I want to acknowledge my partner in crime and my great friend, George Clooney, who everybody should be so lucky to have a partner who is talented and as humorous and who has as much integrity. I want to thank my beautiful wife Lisa. You make everything better. And to our kids, Maya and Olivia. I love you guys. I hope your old man’s not embarrassing you up here. The reason I wanted to speak first, before Ben was Ben is a producer on the film and he is also our director. And I thought it would be awkward for Ben to thank himself, but it’s not awkward for me. So on behalf of George and myself, I want to thank you, Ben. You directed a hell of a film. Couldn’t be more proud of the film. Couldn’t be more proud of Ben. So ladies and gentlemen, our co-producer and the director of Argo: Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck:
Thank you very much. Thank you very, very much. I know eventually that thing is going to start quickly so please forgive me if this is a little bit quick. I want to acknowledge Steven Spielberg, who I feel is a genius and a towering talent among us. I want to acknowledge the other 8 films, there are 8 great films, who have as much a right to be up here as we do. I want to acknowledge them for what they did and thank them and many of them who didn’t even get nominated this year. I want to thank Jack McNiece, Jerry Speck, Marty Brest and my brother and my mom and dad and Patrick Whitesell and Tony Mendez, who let us do his story. Thank you. I thank you everyone in the movie, on the movie, worked on the movie, did anything with this movie gets thanked. I want to thank Canada. I want to thank our friends in Iran living in terrible circumstances right now. I want to thank my wife who I don’t usually associate with Iran. I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It’s good. It is work but it’s the best kind of work and there’s no one I’d rather work. And I’d just like to say, I was here 15 years ago or something and I had no idea what I was doing. I stood out here in front of you all and really just a kid. I went out and I never thought I would be back here. And I am, because of so many of you who are here tonight, because of this Academy, because of so many wonderful people who extended themselves to me when they had nothing to benefit from it in Hollywood. You know what I mean, I couldn’t get them a job. I want to thank them and I want to thank what they taught me, which is that you have to work harder than you think you possibly can. You can’t hold grudges. It’s hard but you can’t hold grudges. And it doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life because that’s going to happen. All that matters is you gotta get up. Violet, Sam and Sera, this is for you.

CATEGORY: Best Picture
INTERVIEW WITH: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers

Q.Ben, obviously you put a lot of work in the film as you were making it, but then after it's taken on this life of its own in your story, it's been so tied to your personal journey. Did you think that was something that was going to come out of making this film, this sort of redemptive comeback story that's been part of the narrative here?
A.(Ben Affleck) Grant, you take that question.
A.(Grant Heslov) Yes.
A.(Ben Affleck) I was excited about making the movie. These guys had a script, I really liked it, I called them up, [inaudible] will you put me on the movie? And I wanted to do the movie and I wanted to work with them. That's what I thought would happen. I wanted to work on some quality. I did the movie, we all worked really hard, I hoped that people would like it. I didn't think it had a more meta approach to it than that. I was excited to make it, I was excited to work with these guys and the cast we had, and I was willing to let the chips kind of fall where they may, as long as we thought we did something we were interested in.

Q.Obviously at certain points we thought that other films might win this. Could you describe when exactly you felt a tipping point in your favor?
A.(George Clooney) Michelle Obama.
A.(Grant Heslov) Tonight.
A.(Ben Affleck) When they gave us the trophies I was confident that we would win.
A.(George Clooney) I'm completely confident.
A.(Ben Affleck) I didn't second guess, is this a prank?
A.(George Clooney) He did look at the envelope.
A.(Grant Heslov) Even as I was giving the speech, I didn't think we could win.
A.(Ben Affleck) Once Grant let me talk, I felt good. I didn't get too much into the Oscarology and the pontificating. And the guys who do that stuff and report on it, which is great, and people like it and they're interested in it. And I hope people are interested in the Oscars because it helps our industry and helps make better films, but it doesn't help me to read up on that stuff. So I was thrilled for Billy, I was thrilled for Chris, and when it came along, I was thrilled for these two guys.

Q.Hello. I'm from the American Foreign Service Association in Washington. Your movie and also the comments you've made and all of the awards ceremonies has really raised the image and the profile of the Foreign Service, something that we don't get very often, we don't get much play. But I would like to invite you, all three of you to the plaque ceremony that we have in the Department of State on May 3rd where we honor fallen Foreign Service officers. This year

Q.[MODERATOR] I'm sorry, I have to interrupt. Do you have a question?

Q.Yes. Can you come?
A.(George Clooney) That's really a personal question.
A.(Ben Affleck) Do I call you or just
A.(Grant Heslov) I'm able to, yes.
A.(George Clooney) There's a line. There's Ben.
A.(Ben Affleck) I don't know that we can come, but we do have, all of us, a tremendous respect for what the Foreign Service sacrifices and goes through and that we, I think, gained further appreciation for that as we shot the movie and visited the State Department. I know Secretary Clinton a little bit and Secretary Kerry a little bit better so we were able to shoot in the I'm not sure that that's why, but from my sort of distant acquaintanceship with both of those Secretaries, I've really picked up an appreciation for what the State Department does, what our Foreign Service does, what they sacrifice.
A.(George Clooney) Grant and I will be in Berlin shooting so we won't make it, but maybe Ben might be in town.
A.(Ben Affleck) Thanks, George.

Q.How are you? Congratulations.
A.(Ben Affleck) Hi.

Q.How cool was it to have the First Lady announce that you had just won an Oscar?
A.(Ben Affleck) I was sort of hallucinating when that was happening. In the course of hallucination, it doesn't you know what I mean? It doesn't seem that odd when some other oh, look, a purple elephant, you know, Michelle Obama. But it's natural because the whole thing is so unnatural. Honestly, I was just asking these two guys outside, was that Michelle Obama? The whole thing kind of alarmed me at the time, but in retrospect, the fact that it was the First Lady was an enormous honor and the fact that she surrounded herself by service men and women was special and I thought appropriate. Anyway, it was very cool.
A.(Grant Heslov) And I'm a big fan of the bangs.

Q.Congratulations, gentlemen. Ben, throughout the awards season you've been very humble about what we feel
A.(Ben Affleck) Yeah, forget that. No more humility.

Q.Being left off the Best Director docket and through that, how has that changed with all of the recognition that you've received and where are you with that now?
A.(Grant Heslov) I wasn't aware you were left off. Were you left off?
A.(Ben Affleck) I didn't get nominated as a director. Grant, you didn't...
A.(George Clooney) I wasn't nominated as an actor in a movie.
A.(Ben Affleck) No shit. That's a crime, folks. Honestly, you know how I feel about that? Naturally I was disappointed, and a lot of people said, this is something that's going to happen. But when I look at the directors who were people who weren't nominated as well, Paul Thomas Anderson and Kathryn Bigelow, just amazing, Tom Hooper and Quentin Tarantino, these are all directors who I admire enormously. So, it was a very tough year.
A.(George Clooney) You were in good company not to be nominated.
A.(Ben Affleck) Exactly. I was on the bench.
A.(Grant Heslov) You're glad you weren't nominated.
A.(Ben Affleck) You know what, you're not entitled to anything. I'm honored to be here. I'm honored to be among these extraordinary movies, and I'm really, really honored to win an Academy Award. So this is not [inaudible] I've spent a lot of time second guessing or worried about it.

Q.Hi there, Ben. I wonder if you have any reflection at this point about making films about true life events? In your movies you played a cameo of President Carter and the politics that was involved there, yet the film drew a little bit of flack for some of its treatments of New Zealanders and blending characters and the run down the runway at the end. Do you have any thoughts about how to approach these things now?
A.(Ben Affleck) Let me start by saying I love New Zealand and I love New Zealanders. And I'm tempted to end there. I think that it's tricky, you walk a fine line. You do a historical movie, naturally you have to make some creative choices about how you're going to condense it into a three act structure. It's not an easy thing to do. You try to honor the truth of the essence, the sort of basic truth of the story that you're telling. You know, I'm really proud of the movie, I'm proud of the people that worked on the movie, the story that we were telling was true and that we told was true. It's not an easy thing, but it's, I think, constructed as well as it could possibly be. But the complete credit goes to Chris Terrio rather than me.

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"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 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 or download the official Oscars app.

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