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The Oscars: Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln

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We've compiled some of the best Oscar coverage from our website for you.

Open up Monday's Daily Courier for our coverage of Sunday's 85th Academy Awards show, as well as our story about the local Oscars event at the Paramount theatre in downtown Kelowna.

Here's the main Associated Press story on the awards, and here is the list of winners.

But read on for our play-by-play coverage Sunday night...


Well, goodnight folks! Thanks to those who checked back through the night

One final link: The Penticton Herald's managing editor predicted the winners; see how close he was.

[David Wylie]

• Annnnnd Best Picture goes to Argo!


If Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Oscars, everyone should be so lucky. His Iran rescue thriller “Argo” has won best picture from the Academy Awards.

It’s the first best picture winner not to be nominated for best director since 1989’s “Driving Miss Daisy.” But despite the omission of Affleck — or perhaps buoyed by it — “Argo” emerged as the Oscar favourite, winning top honours from the directors, producers, screen actors and writers guilds.

Affleck and fellow producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov accepted the award Sunday night.

Among the other eight nominees, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” was perceived as the biggest competition to “Argo.” The other nominees were “Life of Pi,” ”Silver Linings Playbook,“ ”Zero Dark Thirty,“ ”Les Miserables,“ ”Amour,“ ”Beasts of the Southern Wild“ and ”Django Unchained.“

— AP


• Daniel Day-Lewis wins best actor for Lincoln.

• Jennifer Lawrence wins best actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook.

• Quentin Tarantino wins for Best Screenplay. He says it all comes down to great casting and added he nailed it for Django Unchained.


• Link: Updated list of winners.

Adele's "Skyfall" has won the Academy Award for best original song, a first for a James Bond theme.

While 007 themes have long been a beloved movie tradition, they've never before won an Oscar. Three previous Bond tunes were nominated: "For Your Eyes Only," ''Nobody Does It Better," and "Live and Let Die."

The Oscar extends Adele's award show dominance, leaving only an Emmy eluding her of the major American awards. She accepted the Oscar with producer Paul Epworth, with whom she wrote the lyrics and composed the music.

Adele also performed "Skyfall" for the first time at the Sunday night ceremony.


• Another B.C. Oscar winner — this time from Salt Spring Island.

Set decorator Jim Erickson has won an Academy Award for his work on Lincoln.

He and colleague Rick Carter received the award for best production design on the Steven Spielberg drama that had a leading 12 nominations going into the Oscars.

They beat out teams from Anna Karenina, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Miserables and Life of Pi.

This is Erickson’s second Oscar nomination after his 2008 nod for best art direction for his work on There Will Be Blood.

His other credits include Watchmen, Water for Elephants and Ali.

The 62-year-old has been working in Hollywood for more than 30 years and recently told The Canadian Press that Lincoln marks his retirement from the film business. He was not able to attend the ceremony due to illness.

— AP


Christoph Waltz really owes Quentin Tarantino. Waltz won his second supporting-actor Academy Award on Sunday for a Tarantino film, this time as a genteel bounty hunter in the slave-revenge saga "Django Unchained."

In a choked voice, Waltz offered thanks to his character and "to his creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world, Quentin Tarantino."

Anne Hathaway wins the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Les Miserables.



• Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were one big bundle of nerves before they took the stage for their opening song-and-dance numbers.

Radcliffe danced to himself. Theron dabbed at her eyes and Gordon-Levitt stood silently as Oscar host Seth MacFarlane delivered the Oscar show’s opening monologue.

Then it was time to hit the stage.

“Thank God!” Theron said afterward as she let out a sigh of relief.

“You stepped on my dress,” she told Tatum.

Radcliffe and Gordon-Levitt bear-hugged after their dance routine.

“We did all right! We did all right,” they told each other.

“It felt good! How did it look?” Gordon-Levitt asked.

“Well done,” Radcliffe told him. “See you later!”

   — AP


• Link: Here's a partial list of the winners so far.

B.C. represents at the Oscars — Vancouver-based Guillaume Rocheron has won an Academy Award for best visual effects for the dazzling Life of Pi.

• Mixed reaction on Twitter to MacFarlane as host, from "I do not like a single thing Seth McFarlane has ever done. He. Is. Not. Funny." to "Seth MacFarlane did an awesome job with that opener considering all of the constraints he was likely given. A nice mix of edgy, funny, cute."

• Brave wins best animated feature — Pixar just keeps cranking out winners.

• Link: Award winners are streaming through our entertainment page if you want to keep track.

• Canadian icon William Shatner made an extended appearance, trying to save host Seth MacFarlane from becoming "the worst Oscar host ever." Shatner beamed into the awards show as Star Trek Capt. Kirk reporting in from the future. 

His appearance came right after MacFarlane made his first Chris Brown joke of the night.

"Your jokes are tasteless and inappropriate and everyone ends up hating you," says Shatner.


• Video link: Here's a great video showing the 84 previous Best Picture winners.


Giorgio Armani was the big winner on the red carpet, with his designs being showed off by Jessica Chastain and Quvenzhane Wallis.

• Channing Tatum was one of the fan favourites as he strode down Oscar’s red carpet. tatum022513

Separated from the crowd by a rope line, the “Magic Mike” star didn’t hesitate to return some of the love. He quickly flashed the crowd a peace sign.

Then it was into the Dolby Theatre, without hardly breaking stride.

• How much is an Oscar worth? The most highly valued one is worth more than $2.1 million. Can you guess which one?

• Tonight we find out the best in Hollywood. The Razzie Awards have sought to honour the worst. Twilight and Adam Sandler took top honours this year. Here's the story.

• Looking for some conversation starting fodder? Here's the preview story for tonight's awards.

• Thanks for tuning into our Oscar coverage!

Credits: Photos from The Associated Press; with files from AP and CP

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