Oscars 2013: Daniel Day-Lewis Makes History

Foreign Students's picture

In typically glamourous fashion, the annual glitzy Oscars ceremony took place in Hollywood last night, with few real surprises. Ben Affleck's Argo took home the top award after being named Best Film, whilst Daniel Day-Lewis made history by being named Best Actor for an unprecedented third time.

Day-Lewis lived up to the tag as red-hot favourite to take home the award for his leading role in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. Jennifer Lawrence continued her meteoric rise in Hollywood after claiming Best Actress for her role as a young widow struggling with her mental health in Silver Linings Playbook.

However, not quite everything went right for Lawrence on the night, as she lived every nominee's nightmare- falling over on the way to collect her award. Luckily she saw the funny side, and after she tripped over her dress, she started her speech with the line: "You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell over and that's embarrassing".

The Big Winners

Unlike some years, no single film really dominated the awards, with Life of Pi taking the most with just four. Ang Lee won his second Best Director Oscar, whilst the film also took home awards for cinematography, original score and visual effects.

Life of Pi was closely followed by Argo (with three awards) which became the first film in almost 25 years to win best picture without even being nominated for best director- not that director and star Ben Affleck cared. He accepted the Best Film award from Jack Nicholson and Michelle Obama in a live broadcast from the White House, revealing in typical Hollywood style: "I never thought I would be back here and I am because of so many of you who are here tonight. It doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life, all that matters is that you get up".

The other major acting awards went to Anne Hathaway for her role in the musical Les Miserables and Christoph Waltz who claimed his second award for Best Supporting Actor as German bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

Tarantino himself was also rewarded with the Best Original Screenplay prize for his Western, paying homage to his actors in his acceptance speech: "I have to cast the right people to make those characters come alive and boy this time did I do it".

Whilst it was not a vintage year for British winners (Daniel Day-Lewis aside), an emotional Adele continued her quite ridiculously successful few years by winning the Oscar for best original song for her Bond theme Skyfall.

List of Winners

  • BEST FILM: Argo
  • BEST DIRECTOR: Ang Lee - Life of Pi
  • BEST ACTOR: Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
  • BEST ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
  • BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino
  • BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Argo - Chris Terrio
  • BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM: Searching For Sugarman

Share with friends