Rather than any particular winner, the biggest surprise at the Oscars this year may well have been a presenter. Introduced by Jack Nicholson, it was Michelle Obama who, beaming at the audience via video, opened the final envelope and announced that Argo had won Best Picture. All the winners in bold, plus the other nominees in their categories:
Best motion picture of the year:
Achievement in directing:
Performance by an actor in a leading role:
Performance by an actress in a leading role:
• Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty.
• Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook.
• Emmanuelle Riva in Amour.
• Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild.
• Naomi Watts in The Impossible.
Performance by an actress in a supporting role:
• Amy Adams in The Master.
• Sally Field in Lincoln.
• Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables.
• Helen Hunt in The Sessions.
• Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook.
Performance by an actor in a supporting role:
• Alan Arkin in Argo.
• Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook.
• Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master.
• Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln.
• Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained.
Best foreign language film of the year:
• Amour (Austria).
• Kon-Tiki (Norway).
• No (Chile).
• A Royal Affair (Denmark).
• War Witch (Canada).
Best animated feature film of the year:
Achievement in cinematography:
• Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey.
• Django Unchained, Robert Richardson.
• Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda.
• Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski.
• Skyfall, Roger Deakins.
• Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio.
• Beasts of the Southern Wild, Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin.
• Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee.
• Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner.
• Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell.
• Amour, Written by Michael Haneke.
• Django Unchained, Written by Quentin Tarantino.
• Flight, Written by John Gatins.
• Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola.
• Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal.
Achievement in costume design:
• Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran.
• Les Misérables, Paco Delgado.
• Lincoln, Joanna Johnston.
• Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka.
• Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood.
Best documentary feature:
Best documentary short subject:
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine.
• Kings Point, Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider.
• Mondays at Racine, Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan.
• Open Heart, Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern.
• Redemption, Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill.
Achievement in film editing:
• Argo, William Goldenberg.
• Life of Pi, Tim Squyres.
• Lincoln, Michael Kahn.
• Silver Linings Playbook, Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers.
• Zero Dark Thirty, Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg.
Achievement in makeup and hairstyling:
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score):
• Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli.
• Argo, Alexandre Desplat.
• Life of Pi, Mychael Danna.
• Lincoln, John Williams.
• Skyfall, Thomas Newman.
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song):
• “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice,
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph.
• “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane.
• “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi , Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri.
• “Skyfall” from Skyfall, Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.
• “Suddenly” from Les Misérables, Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil.
Achievement in production design:
• Anna Karenina,
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer.
• The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright.
• Les Misérables, Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson.
• Life of Pi, Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock.
• Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson.
Best animated short film:
• Adam and Dog, Minkyu Lee.
• Fresh Guacamole, PES.
• Head over Heels, Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly.
• Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare, David Silverman.
• Paperman, John Kahrs.
Best live action short film:
• Asad, Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura.
• Buzkashi Boys, Sam French and Ariel Nasr.
• Curfew, Shawn Christensen.
• Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw), Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele.
• Henry, Yan England.
Achievement in sound editing:
• Argo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn.
• Django Unchained, Wylie Stateman.
• Life of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton.
• Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers.
• Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson.
Achievement in sound mixing:
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia.
• Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes.
• Life of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin.
• Lincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins.
• Skyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson.
Achievement in visual effects:
• The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White.
• Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott.
• Marvel’s The Avengers, Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick.
• Prometheus, Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill.
• Snow White and the Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson.