In one of the most
unpredictable years, the 85th Academy Awards saw some
surprising wins and losses.
Steven Spielberg, who was strongly tipped to win the best
director trophy for his civil-war drama 'Lincoln', lost
the trophy to Ang Lee for his 'Life of Pi', which managed four
wins out of its 11 nods.
'Lincoln' was leading the race with 12 nominations but
bagged only two awards by the end. The film's lead actor
Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor trophy and the other gong
was taken away by the production design team.
Lee's win as the Best Director came as a big surprise as
he beat veterans like Spielberg, Michael Haneke, Benh Zeitlin
and David O Russell.
Russell's 'Silver Linings Playbook' too had a poor run by
managing just one trophy for Lawrence in its eight categories.
Four major contenders - Tom Hooper, Kathryn Bigelow, Ben
Affleck and Quentin Tarantino - were not even nominated for
the best director tag, despite their movies (Les Miserables,
Zero Dark Thirty, Argo and Django Unchained respectively) in
race for Best Film.
The much talked about movie 'Zero Dark Thirty', about the
decade-long US hunt of Osama bin Laden, won only 1 award in
the Sound Editing category that too was shared by Bond film
It is believed that early criticism of its torture scenes
ruined film's chances at the Oscar.
Affleck's 'Argo' won the Best Film. The film became a
front-runner recently supplanting 'Lincoln'. Affleck's best
director snub seems to have helped its chances for the top
Another miss at the glittery ceremony was Paul Thomas
Anderson's 'The Master', which had 3 nomination but returned
home empty handed.
Director Ben Lewin's 'The Sessions' didn't receive any
Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' took away two awards in
the Actor in a Supporting Role and Original Screenplay