The 2013 Oscar Winners

By  · Published on February 25th, 2013


Editor’s Note: This article will be updated in real time as the winners come in during the Academy Awards broadcast. Please join us for our Live-Blog tonight (because we ask nicely), and while you wait for the winners, check out our full Oscar coverage, where you will find breakdowns and predictions for all of the major categories. Winners will be bolded.

Will it be Argo? Or Lincoln? Or will Resident Evil: Retribution have launched a furious write-in campaign that puts it up on the podium? These are the questions that exactly no one is asking because anyone who’s reading this post has already scrolled beyond this to check out who won. We get it, and we don’t take it personally.

But here’s something fun to remember tonight and heading into tomorrow: there have now been 85 Oscar winning Best Pictures, but there are far more than 85 iconic movies. This is a shining awards show with an undeniable power to propel films into the cultural conversation, but it’s only one avenue to do so. Granted, it’s got a pretty solid track record (Driving Miss Daisy notwithstanding), but these names tonight are more about celebrating excellent work than choosing movies that will echo for eternity.

And the Oscar goes to…:


Beasts of the Southern Wild

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty


Les Miserables

Life of Pi


Django Unchained



Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Denzel Washington – Flight

Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables


Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

Naomi Watts – The Impossible

Emmanuelle Riva – Amour


Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook

Alan Arkin – Argo

Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln


Sally Field – Lincoln

Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables

Jacki Weaver – The Silver Linings Playbook

Helen Hunt – The Sessions

Amy Adams – The Master




Wreck-It Ralph


The Pirates! Band of Misfits


David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook

Michael Haneke – Amour

Ang Lee – Life of Pi

Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Steven Spielberg – Lincoln

Adapted Screenplay

Chris Terrio – Argo

Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

David Magee – Life of Pi

Tony Kushner – Lincoln

David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook

Original Screenplay

John Gatins – Flight

Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty

Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

Michael Haneke – Amour

Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom

Best Foreign Language Film

Amour, Austria

Kon-Tiki, Norway

No, Chile

A Royal Affair, Denmark

The War Witch, Canada

Production Design

Sarah Greenwood (Production Design); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration) – Anna Karenina

Dan Hennah (Production Design); Ra Vincent and Simon Bright (Set Decoration) – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration) – Les Miserables

David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration) – Life of Pi

Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration) – Lincoln

Achievement in Cinematography

Seamus McGarvey – Anna Karenina

Robert Richardson – Django Unchained

Claudio Miranda – Life of Pi

Janusz Kaminski – Lincoln

Roger Deakins – Skyfall

Achievement in Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran – Anna Karenina

Paco Delgado – Les Miserables

Joanna Johnston – Lincoln

Eiko Ishioka – Mirror Mirror

Colleen Atwood – Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Documentary Feature

5 Broken Cameras

The Gatekeepers

How to Survive a Plague

The Invisible War

Searching for Sugar Man

Best Documentary Short Subject


Kings Point

Mondays at Racine

Open Heart


Achievement in Film Editing

William Goldenberg – Argo

Tim Squyres – Life of Pi

Michael Kahn – Lincoln

Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers – Silver Linings Playbook

Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg – Zero Dark Thirty

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel – Hitchcock

Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell – Les Miserables

Best Original Score

Dario Marianelli – Anna Karenina

Alexandre Desplat – Argo

Mychael Danna – Life of Pi

John Williams – Lincoln

Thomas Newman – Skyfall

Best Original Song

“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice

“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted

“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi

“Skyfall” from Skyfall

“Suddenly” from Les Miserables

Best Animated Short Film

Adam and Dog

Fresh Guacamole

Head Over Heels

Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”


Best Live Action Short Film


Buzkashi Boys


Death of a Shadow


Achievement in Sound Editing

Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn – Argo

Wylie Stateman – Django Unchained

Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton – Life of Pi

Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers – Skyfall (tie)

Paul N.J. Ottosson – Zero Dark Thirty (tie)

Achievement in Sound Mixing

John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia – Argo

Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes – Les Miserables

Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin – Life of Pi

Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins – Lincoln

Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson – Skyfall

Achievement in Visual Effects

Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott – Life of Pi

Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick – The Avengers

Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill – Prometheus

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson – Snow White and the Huntsman

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