Hits and misses at the Oscars
Los Angeles: In one of the most unpredictable years, the 85th Academy Awards saw some surprising wins and losses. Steven Spielberg, who was strongly tipped to win the best director trophy for his civil-war drama Lincoln', lost the trophy to Ang Lee for his Life of Pi, which managed four wins out of its 11 nods. Lincoln was leading the race with 12 nominations but bagged only two awards by the end. The film's lead actor Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor.
David O Russell's Silver Linings Playbook too had a poor run by managing just one trophy for Lawrence in its eight categories. Four major contenders — Tom Hooper, Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck and Quentin Tarantino — were not even nominated for the best director tag, despite their movies (Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo and Django Unchained) in race for Best Film.
Affleck’s Argo won the Best Film. The film became a front-runner recently supplanting Lincoln. Another miss at the glittery ceremony was Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, which had 3 nominations but returned home empty handed.
Best Actress award went to Jennifer Lawrence or Silver Linings Playbook and the award for best actor in a supporting role was bagged by Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained.