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"Argo" wins best picture at 85th Academy Awards

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POSTED: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 1:22am

UPDATED: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 2:00am

 "Argo," which was an Oscar also-ran before it caught fire and won practically every guild and organization award available, took home the big prize at the 85th Academy Awards Sunday night: best picture.

Ben Affleck, who was overlooked for best director, graciously thanked everybody from directing nominee Steven Spielberg to the country of Canada in his acceptance speech.

Then, after rushing through his thank-yous rather manically, suddenly got emotional. "I had no idea what I was doing. I was really just a kid. I never thought I'd be back here," he said of his screenwriting win 15 years ago. "It doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life. All that matters is you've got to get up." 

-This film deserved to win. PERIOD. To see the Movie Minute review of "Argo" just click here. 

Jennifer Lawrence won best actress for her performance in "Silver Linings Playbook."

She got a burst of applause as she walked to the stage, almost tripping on her long dress as she approached the stage.

"This is nuts! Thank you to the Academy and thank you to the women here," she said, practically gasping. "Happy birthday, Emmanuelle!" she added for 86-year-old Emmanuelle Riva of "Amour," a fellow nominee. 

- I found this film to be so touching, and honestly one of those rare films that can move someone to inspiration. To see the Movie Minute review of "Silver Linings Playbook" just click right here. 

Daniel Day-Lewis won his third best actor Oscar for his performance as Abraham Lincoln in "Lincoln." He's the first to win best actor three times. The audience gave him a rousing cheer as he looked over to presenter Meryl Streep.

"It's a strange thing, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher, and Meryl was Steven's first choice for Lincoln," he said to laughter. "I'd like to see that version." Streep won best actress last year for playing Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." 

-There's no Movie Minute review of "Lincoln," but  SPOILER ALERT!!! the 13th Amendment passes.

Ang Lee won the Oscar for best director for "Life of Pi." His film earned four Oscars, the most of the night.

"Thank you movie god," he said, praising "all 3,000" people who worked on the movie with him -- as well as Taiwan, where some of the film was shot.

The film, a dark horse in the best picture race, also won best score, best cinematography and best visual effects. Cinematographer Claudio Miranda seemed particularly overcome when accepting his honor, giving a rambling speech as he tried to catch his breath. 

- This is one of my favorite films this year. Not only did I see it 4 times in theaters, but I bought it the second it came out on iTunes. It's worth your time, and attention. For the Movie Minute review of "Life of Pi" just click on here.

James Bond finally became a musical winner.

After five decades and countless hit theme songs, one of them finally won best song at the Oscars: Adele's "Skyfall," which she co-wrote with Paul Epworth. 

- I felt "Skyfall" would win best original song. For one, it's Adele. Pair that up with one of the best Bond movies (aside from my personal favorite "The Man with the Golden Gun...pass no judgment) and you are guaranteed an Oscar. To see the Movie Minute review of "Skyfall" just click here. 

Anne Hathaway won best supporting actress for her performance as the doomed Fantine in "Les Miserables."

"It came true," she said, gazing at the trophy.

After several heartfelt thank-yous, she looked at her husband of six months, Adam Shulman, sitting in the audience. "Far and away the greatest moment of my life was when you walked into it." 

- I didn't hate "Les Mis.", and I understand it's a masterpiece, but honestly, even the Oscar's realized the high note was Anne Hathaway. Once "I Dreamed and Dream," was over my attention span was over. Even at the Oscars they didn't sing any songs from the last half of the film. They sang "One Day More," which was the halfway mark in the movie. To see the Movie Minute review of "Les Miserable" click here. 

Christoph Waltz, who played a bounty hunter in "Django Unchained," won the first award of the night, best supporting actor.

"My unlimited gratitude goes to Dr. King Schultz -- that is, his creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world, Quentin Tarantino," he said. Schultz  was his character in the movie. 

Tarantino went on to win for best original screenplay.

-If Christoph Waltz and Quentin Tarantino would just make films together for the rest of their lives, I'd be ok with that. If you haven't seen "Django Unchained," stop whatever it is you are doing, skipped work tomorrow, or school (tell them the skinny guy on T.V. gave you permission) and SEE THIS FILM! 

To see the full list of all the winners and losers, just click on this link. 

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