The 85th Academy Awards ceremony, now officially called The Oscars, was held on Sunday night in Los Angeles, California. This year’s ceremony was a tribute to music in film. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, hosted the three and a half hour show, which was filled with musical song and dance numbers.
For the first time since 2006, the six big awards — Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress — went to six different movies.
The award for Best Animated Feature Film went to Brave. The Pixar drama tells the story a Merida, a young and rebellious Scottish princess who aspires to be an archer. Brave competed against four other movies: Frankenweenie, Paranorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits and Wreck-It Ralph. Pixar’s Paper Man, a short film shown before Wreck-It Ralph, won the award for Best Animated Short Film.
Though there are rarely ties at the Academy Awards, this year the award for Best Sound Editing was split between the films Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall. It is only the sixth tie in Oscar history.
One of the biggest moments of the night came at the end when First Lady Michelle Obama surprised the audience by presenting an award. She presented the Academy Award for Best Picture to Argo. Ben Affleck, the movie’s star, director and co-producer accepted the award on stage. “It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life,” Affleck told the audience. “All that matters is that you gotta get up.”
The 3-D film Life of Pi led the night with four wins: Best Director, Cinematography, Visual Effects and Original Score. Actress Jennifer Lawrence, known to many as Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games, won Best Actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence beat actress Quvenzhané Wallis, who is the youngest actresses to ever be nominated for an Oscar. Quvenzhané, 9, was nominated for her role as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Earlier in the day, it was announced that she would play the lead in a film version of the musical Annie that is expected to be released in 2014.