Oscar mania hits Hollywood with “Argo” storming to Oscar victory

The biggest global entertainment event that regaled about 40.3 million viewers worldwide was the 85th annual Oscars ceremony. The grand show of the Oscar event on Sunday night had thrown opened lot of surprises in the form of “Argo” that stormed to be the Best Picture of the year. In the process, there were disappointments for front-runner “Lincoln” and handing over the overall wins to “Life of Pi”. The movie “Argo” based on the Iran hostage drama marked the triumphant comeback into the Hollywood’s mainstream for its director “Ben Affleck”, who failed to get a nomination in the directing category six weeks ago.

This was the first time since “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1990 that a film won the top prize for Oscars without its director also being nominated. The film “Argo” won the best film editing and best adapted screenplay for its overwhelming and often comedic tale of the CIA mission to rescue six U.S. diplomats from Tehran shortly after the Islamic Revolution. The award rating for Oscar usually depends more heavily on the nominated films and this year a broad range of movies took home Oscar trophies from hits like Agro, Lincoln, Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook. The Oscar show took about 3 hours and 35 minutes to conclude and historically a typical lengthy event for about 20 minutes longer of the previous Oscar events of the last two years. The host of the show Seth MacFarlane received criticism from some of the critics for his comments judged to be offensive while his fans thought he was too tame.

Daniel Day-Lewis is named the Best Actor for his performance as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s august presidential biopic. Daniel Day-Lewis is the only actor to have won three leading role Oscars in the ceremony’s 84-year history. Katharine Hepburn was the only actor to won the Best Actress four times between 1931 and 1981. Daniel Day –Lewis who has a dual Anglo-Irish citizenship collected the golden statuette amidst standing ovation. Jennifer Lawrence was named the Best Actress for playing the spunky young widow in Comedy film “Silver Linings Playbook”. She managed to overtake “Zero Dark Thirty” actor Jessica Chastain and France’s Emmanuelle Riva, the star of Austrian foreign language winner “Armour” in one of the closest Oscar contents this year. The golden statuette for the Best Animated Feature went to “Brave”, the Pixar movie about a feisty Scottish princess.

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