And The Oscars Goes To…

– Best Picture – Argo! George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Grant Heslov and Alan Arkin oscarsstatue-3_4_r536_c534

– Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis for ‘Lincoln’.

– Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.

– Best Direction – Ang Lee for ‘Life of Pi’.

– Best Writing – Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino for ‘Django Unchained’.

– Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio for ‘Argo’.

– Best Original Song – Adele for ‘Skyfall’.

– Best Original Score – Mychael Danna for ‘Life of Pi’.

– Best Production Design – ‘Lincoln’ – Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration).

– Best Film Editing – William Goldenberg for ‘Argo’.

– Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway for ‘Les Miserables’.

– Best Sound Editing – A tie between Paul N.J. Ottosson for ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for ‘Skyfall.

– Best Sound Mixing – ‘Les Misérables’ – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes.

– Best Foreign Language Film – ‘Amour’ – Austria.

– Best Documentary – Feature – ‘Searching for Sugar Man’.

– Best Documentary – Short Subject – ‘Inocente’.

– Best Short Film – Live Action – Shawn Christensen for ‘Curfew’.

– Best Make-Up and Hair Styling – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for ‘Les Misérables’.

– Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina.

– Best Visual Effects – ‘Life of Pi’ – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott.

– Best Cinematography – Claudio Miranda for ‘Life of Pi’. ‘Life of Pi’

– Best Animated Feature Film – ‘Brave’, directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman.

– Best Short Film – Animated – John Kahrs for ‘Paperman’.

James Bond To Be Felicitated By Oscars

skyfall-poster02Los Angeles: (IANS)  James Bond will be honoured at the Oscars ceremony following the success of ‘Skyfall’, the latest film in the franchise. The 85th Academy Awards will also pay a tribute to the Bond movie franchise, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, reports

“We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday. Starting with `Dr. No` back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon,” said show producer Craig Zadan.

‘Skyfall’ is expected to pick up a handful of nods when the Oscar nominations are announced Thursday. Former Bond star Timothy Dalton feels ‘Skyfall’, the most successful Bond movie ever, is worthy of serious consideration in a number of categories.In a recent interview, Daniel Craig`s predecessor insisted the latest blockbuster is “right at the forefront” of modern cinema.

In the past, only two spy series won Oscars — 1964 release ‘Goldfinger’ won the best sound effects trophy, while its follow-up ‘Thunderball’ got the best special visual effects award. “It is absolutely time for Bond to get proper attention at the Oscars. On almost every level, this Bond movie is right at the forefront of what cinema is capable of.

“It is an absolutely modern James Bond, a movie truly of its time. Daniel Craig is fantastic and it feels very real. I thought the film was fabulous,” said Dalton.

‘Skyfall’ has become the first Bond film to earn more than $1 billion at the global box office.