‘Argo’ is top winner at the Oscars, winning three including Best Picture

As predicted, “Argo” won top honors at the Academy Awards, winning three of its seven nominations: Best Picture, Best Adapted Sreenplay, and Best Editing. Though Ben Affleck was snubbed in the Best Director race, he nevertheless took home a trophy as one of the film’s producers, making him an undefeated two-time winner at the Oscars; he previously won Best Original Screenplay for “Good Will Hunting” in 1997. (For the complete list of winners, click here.)

George Clooney, also a producer on the film, picks up a second Oscar as well, to add to his Best Supporting Actor trophy for “Syriana” (2005). To date, he has earned eight nominations across a record six categories for writing, directing, producing, and acting. (See more facts and figures here.) His frequent producing partner, Grant Heslov, wins his first award in four nominations. 

Not to be outdone, “Life of Pi” claimed four awards out of its 11 bids: Best Director (Ang Lee), Best Cinematography, Best Score, and Best Visual Effects. Despite losing the top prize, it was the most honored film of the night.

Les Miserables” took three of its nine races: Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Best Makeup/Hairstyling, and Best Sound Mixing.

Steven Spielberg‘s historical epic “Lincoln,” which led all films with 12 nominations and was the frontrunner earlier in the season, had to settle for just two wins: Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Best Production Design. Day-Lewis makes history by becoming the first man in Oscar history to win three lead-acting awards; he previously won Best Actor for “My Left Foot” (1989) and “There Will Be Blood” (2007). He is also breaks the curse on acting nominees from Spielberg pictures.

Django Unchained” also won two of its nominations: Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz and Best Original Screenplay for Quentin Tarantino, the second win for both in their respective categories. Waltz previously won for Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” (2009), while the writer/director won for “Pulp Fiction” (1994).

Skyfall” also took home a pair of Oscars: Best Song for its self-titled theme, co-written by Adele, and Best Sound Editing in a tie with “Zero Dark Thirty.” This was only the sixth tie in Oscars history. The most recent of these was in 1994 for Live Action Short (“Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life” and “Trevor”). Also on the Oscarcast: Barbra Streisand (“Funny Girl”), who tied Katharine Hepburn (“The Lion in Winter”) for Best Actress in 1968, performed “The Way We Were” in tribute to the late Marvin Hamlisch.

Silver Linings Playbook” didn’t go away empty-handed. It won one of its eight nominations: Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence.

Brave” won a close race for Best Animated Feature against “Frankenweenie” and frontrunner “Wreck-It Ralph.” It is Pixar’s seventh winner in this category, and the company’s fifth winner in the last six years.

As expected, “Searching for Sugar Man” won Best Documentary Feature, and “Amour” was named Best Foreign Language Film.

The three Oscars presented to short films went  to “Curfew” (Live Action), “Paperman” (Animated), and “Inocente” (Documentary).

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