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Aussies feature but no Oscars for the mantle

February 25, 2013

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Jackman, Watts and Weaver do us proud

Hugh jackman – Best Actor Oscar nominee 2013. Photo by Eva Rinaldi.

By SHIRLEY BROUN

HUGH Jackman, Naomi Watts and Jacki Weaver did Australia proud alongside Hollywood’s movie elite as each waited with anticipation for the announcement of winners at the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, millions of  Aussies were switched on to the live broadcast to back their immensely talented `home-grown’ stars to take out the `big one’ in each of their respective categories, but alas it was not meant to be … well, not this year anyway.

Naomi Watts – Photo by Eva Rinaldi.

Aussie hunk Hugh Jackman was pipped at the post by Daniel Day-Lewis who made history by becoming the first man to win three Best Actor Oscars, the latest for his part in Lincoln. Naomi Watts (The Impossible) missed out on Best Actress which went to popular favourite Jennifer Lawrence who made a dramatic entrance falling over her dress as she ascended the stairs to collect her Oscar – an event that had Jackman on his feet and to the rescue, although Lawrence recovered swiftly on her own steam. Jacki Weaver was nominated for Silver Linings Playbook in Best Supporting Role, a category which was won by Les Miserables’ Anne Hathaway. The Best Picture Oscar went to Argo.

Jacki Weaver – Photo by Eva Rinaldi.

While the Aussies missed out on taking home an Oscar this year, there is no denying our `stars’ are kicking some big goals in the US and we are all extremely proud of each and every one of them. Of course, there is always next year and judging from the Australian talent making the top selection this year, the odds are in our favour for a big win in 2014. She’ll be right mate … you just see!

Nevertheless, the packed audience at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre was able to witness some of our finest talents such as Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe and the cast of Les  Miserables  in a superbly performed excerpt from the hit movie.

THE WINNERS

Best Picture – Argo

Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln

Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook

Achievement in Directing – Ang Lee for Life of Pi

Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained

Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio for Argo

Original Song – Skyfall by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth for Skyfall

Original Score – Pi’s Lullaby by Mychael Danna for Life of Pi

Production Design – Lincoln

Film Editing – William Goldenberg for Argo

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Anna Hathaway for Les Miserables

Sound Editing – Zero Dark Thirty and SkyFall

Sound Mixing – Les Miserables

Foreign Language Film – Michael Haneke for Amour

Best Documentary Feature – Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short Subject – Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine for Innocents

Best Live Action Short Film – Shawn Christensen for Curfew

Make-Up and Hairstyling – Les Miserables

Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina

Cinematography – Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi

Visual Effects – Life of Pi

Animated Short Film – John Connors for Paperman

Animated Feature – Brave

Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained

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