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"Argo" wins top honors at 85th Academy Awards


LOS ANGELES (WKOW) -- It was a memorable awards show with a new host and plenty of highlights at the 85th annual Academy Awards.

First-time host Seth MacFarlane may have predicted his own Oscar fate at the beginning of the show, as most of the reviews of him as host were not that good, calling it "awkward." He did a bit with William Shatner and a newspaper headline naming MacFarlane "Worst Oscar Host Ever." Still some of his biggest fans enjoyed the uncomfortable moments they've come to expect from MacFarlane.

As for the awards, "Argo" took home the top prize as Best Picture Sunday night, with First Lady Michelle Obama announcing the winner from the White House. Ben Affleck, who directed the film, was snubbed in the directing category but humbly accepted the award for the movie he also starred in and helped produce.

In the acting categories, Daniel Day-Lewis won the Oscar for Best Actor in "Lincoln" and Jennifer Lawrence won for Best Actress for "Silver Linings Playbook." Lawrence tripped up the steps to accept her award. When she finally made it up to the stage, she received a standing ovation. "You're just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that's embarrassing," she said to the audience.

"Life of Pi," which had a total of 11 nominations, was another big winner of the night. Director Ang Lee took home the Oscar for best director over Steven Spielberg and David O. Russell. As expected, the film took home the first technical awards of the night for cinematography and visual effects. "Life of Pi" also won for best original score.

Christoph Waltz and Anne Hathaway won Best Actor and Actress in the supporting actor categories, in "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables" respectively. Hathaway started her speech saying, "It came true," then thanked the cast and crew, her team and her husband. "The greatest moment of my life was when you walked into it," she said.

For only the sixth time in Academy history, there was a tie at the Oscars. "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall" tied for sound editing.

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