Michelle Obama Presents Best Picture Oscar to Argo
Plus Academy Award wins for Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, and more
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2013 8:01 PM CST
Updated Feb 24, 2013 11:04 PM CST
Actor Christoph Waltz arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – And they're off! After a rousing opening monologue by Seth MacFarlane, Christoph Waltz won the first award of the night: Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained. Stick with us for live updates throughout the show:

  • Best Animated Short went to Paperman, and Best Animated Feature Film went to Brave.
  • The stars of The Avengers awarded both Achievement in Cinematography and Achievement in Visual Effects to Life of Pi. (The music used to boot the long-winded off stage: Jaws theme.)
  • Achievement in Costume Design goes to Anna Karenina. Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling goes to Les Miserables.
  • And now ... a tribute to ... James Bond movies?!

  • Best Live Action Short goes to Curfew. Best Documentary Short goes to Inocente.
  • Best Documentary goes to Searching for Sugar Man. Best Foreign Film goes to Amour.
  • We're almost an hour and a half in when John Travolta introduces an epic song and dance number to honor movie musicals.
  • After making a joke about the post-Oscars orgy at Jack Nicholson's house, Mark Wahlberg and Ted the teddy bear from MacFarlane's Ted present Best Sound Mixing to Les Miserables. Then there's a tie for Best Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall.
  • After a Sound of Music joke by MacFarlane, Christopher Plummer presents Best Supporting Actress to Anne Hathaway, as everyone knew he would.
  • Sandra Bullock presents Achievement in Film Editing to Argo, then Jennifer Lawrence introduces Adele singing her nominated song from James Bond flick Skyfall.
  • For some reason Kristen Stewart is here, to present Achievement in Production Design with Daniel Radcliffe. The winner: Lincoln.
  • George Clooney introduces the In Memoriam segment.
  • The cast of Chicago, of all things, awards Best Original Score to Life of Pi and Best Original Song to Adele for Skyfall.
  • Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Argo. Best Original Screenplay goes to Django Unchained. No N-word dropping from Quentin Tarantino this time around, at least not onscreen.
  • Best Director goes to Ang Lee for Life of Pi. (We're officially past the official ending time of the show, and MacFarlane is making jokes about how long it's running.)
  • Best Actress goes to Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. She starts her breathless acceptance speech by saying, "This is nuts!"
  • Best Actor goes to Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln; he's the first actor to have won three Best Actor awards.
  • Jack Nicholson and surprise co-presenter Michelle Obama (via video screen) present Best Picture to Argo, as expected.
  • As if we're not already more than half an hour behind schedule, MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth wrap things up with a musical ode to all the Oscar losers.
Click to check out some of MacFarlane's jokes.

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Feb 25, 2013 9:37 PM CST
What earthly purpose was served by having Michelle 0bama read the award for Best Picture? I'm surprised Barry wasn't in Hollywood to hand Ben Affleck and George Clooney, his best buddies, the awards himself. It would have been a great photo-op for him now, and for years to come. What a complete waste of a potential photo-op!
Feb 25, 2013 2:46 PM CST
Funny opening and a glorious underbite to end to show.
Feb 25, 2013 2:38 PM CST
finally, a first family enjoying being in that position (i'm not being completely serious - but enough though)