2012’s wild Oscar season came to a close Sunday night with “Argo” taking home the award for Best Picture and the major awards spread far and wide. “Life of Pi” won the most awards of any film, with just four.
In fact, the “Big Eight” awards- Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Original and Adapted Screenplay- were split among six different films, with only “Argo” and “Django Unchained” winning more than one.
There were no major surprises or upsets, with the exception of Christoph Waltz beating out four screen luminaries to win his second Best Supporting Actor Oscar in three years, and Ang Lee winning Best Director over Steven Spielberg and David O. Russell, in a category in which “Argo” director Ben Affleck was infamously not nominated.
In other categories, Pixar won both the Animated Feature and Short awards, for “Brave” and “Paperman.” “Searching For Sugar Man” took the Documentary Feature award. “Amour” won for Best Foreign Language Film.
Losers of the evening included “Zero Dark Thirty,” which won only a share of the Sound Editing award, on which it tied with “Skyfall.”