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'Argo' and 'Life of Pi' Win Most Academy Awards

William Shatner beams in to help Seth MacFarlane.

"Argo" won Best Picture of the year at the Academy Awards, even though the director, Ben Affleck wasn't nominated as best director. The movie picked up three Oscars, including for Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Studio City resident George Clooney as producer shared the award with Affleck, who now lives in Pacific Palisades.

"Life of Pi" won the most Oscars of the night, winning in four categories, including Best Director for Ang Lee. 

Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for "Lincoln" and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for "Silver Linings Playbook."

(See the complete list below.)

Studio City resident William Shatner beamed in to help his fellow Studio City resident Seth MacFarlane as host of the Academy Awards. Shatner came in on the Starship Enterprise from the future to help keep MacFarlane from making a fool him himself. It seemed to help and was one of the funniest bits of the night.

There was a lot of home familiarity. Quentin Tarantino, who lives in the hills above Studio City, pointed out that his neighbor, Charlize Theron, who lives a little further up Mulholland Drive, was presenting him his second Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Christopher Waltz for "Django Unchained" winning the first award of the night for Best Supporting Actor (which he won before in a Quentin Tarantino film), said on stage, "We participated in a hero’s journey – the hero here being Quentin. And you scale the mountain because you’re not afraid of it. You slay the dragon because you’re not afraid of it and you cross through fire because it’s worth it. I borrowed my character’s words so sorry… couldn’t resist."

Actor in a Supporting Role
   -- Christoph Waltz, ``Django Unchained''

Short Film (Animated)
   -- ``Paperman,'' John Kahrs

Animated Feature Film
   -- ``Brave''

Cinematography
   -- ``Life of Pi,'' Claudio Miranda

Visual Effects
   -- ``Life of Pi,'' Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De
Boer and Donald R. Elliott

Costume Design
   -- ``Anna Karenina,'' Jacqueline Durran

Makeup and Hairstyling
   -- ``Les Miserables,'' Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Short Film (Live Action)
   -- ``Curfew,'' Shawn Christensen

Documentary Short Subject
   -- ``Inocente,'' Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine

Documentary Feature
   -- ``Searching for the Sugar Man''

Foreign Language Film
   -- ``Amour,'' Austria

Sound Mixing
   -- ``Les Miserables,'' Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

Sound Editing
   -- ``Skyfall,'' Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
   -- ``Zero Dark Thirty,'' Paul N.J. Ottosson

Actress in a Supporting Role
   -- Anne Hathaway, ``Les Miserables''

Film Editing
   -- ``Argo,'' William Goldenberg

Production Design
   -- ``Lincoln,'' Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim
Erickson

Music (Original Score)
   -- ``Life of Pi,'' Mychael Danna

Music (Original Song)
   -- ``Skyfall'' from ``Skyfall,'' Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and
Paul Epworth

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
   -- ``Argo,'' Screenplay by Chris Terrio

Writing (Original Screenplay)
   -- ``Django Unchained,'' Written by Quentin Tarantino

Directing
   -- Ang Lee, ``Life of Pi''

Actress in a Leading Role
   -- Jennifer Lawrence, ``Silver Linings Playbook''

Actor in a Leading Role
   -- Daniel Day-Lewis, ``Lincoln''

Best Picture
   -- ``Argo,'' Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers

audie murphy February 25, 2013 at 05:53 AM
Argo won best picture. However it won the fewest oscars for a best picture in the modern era . The last movie " greatest show on earth" had only 3 oscars winners. there wasn't as many awards given out. then Argo won by default in a "weak year"
Irene DeBlasio February 25, 2013 at 05:51 PM
@audiemurphy ARGO had 120 speaking parts, numerous locations including Iran and thousands of Persian extras -- a daunting task for any director! This was an unusual Oscarcast because the awards were more evenly divided and there was no sweep winner. I saw much more publicity and media fawning for Lincoln every single day than for any other film, including a piece by Mr. Turan in Sunday's L.A.Times Calendar section entitled, "ARGO gets a Veto." You complain that ARGO only got 3 Oscars but you're forgetting the number of other awards it has received -- Golden Globes, SAG, Cesar and the BAFTAs. We should all have such a "weak year" in this disastrous economy.
George Martin February 25, 2013 at 07:36 PM
This article would be more relevant to me if I actually lived in Studio City.
E.M. Fredric February 26, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Good for Ben Affleck! Seems Hollywood opened a door for him again and then shut it on the VFX community and added insult to injury by playing shark music with Spielberg in the audience to silence the award winners. From my friend, Dave Rand in the Hollywood Reporter: Dave Rand, an artist at Rhythm & Hues, said the aim of the effort is “awareness. We are not disrespecting Life of Pi or Rhythm & Hues. We are trying to enlighten the studios that they are taking their racehorse and beating it to death.” Support our artists!

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