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Brits impress at fairly predictable Oscars ceremony

By River Reporter Feb 25, 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis has done what was wholly predicted and taken the Best Actor Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards, setting a record for most Oscar wins in the process.

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The British/Irish actor took home the gong for his fantastic performance as American president Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln, which now gives Day-Lewis three Best Actor Oscars.

On a night where little happened by way of surprises, it was down to the First Lady, Michelle Obama to announce Argo as the winner of the coveted Best Film award. Luckily for her Zero Dark Thirty, a film slammed by much of the US government, missed out on the prize.

Skyfall theme wins

Day-Lewis was not the only successful Brit at last night’s ceremony; Adele scooped the Best Original Song award for Bond theme Skyfall, which she also performed at the event. It was the first time the 21 singer had performed since giving birth.

After claiming the first ever Oscar for a James Bond theme tune, Adele gave an (obviously) emotional acceptance speech, thanking boyfriend Simon Konecki along with her management team.

It has been a good year for Adele so far. Just last week she, somewhat surprisingly, won the Best Single award at the Brits. Well, she managed to fool us all into thinking “Skyfall” rhymed with “crumble”.

What the audience expected

Brit funded flick, Les Miserables, took home three awards, with Anne Hathaway winning Best Supporting Actress for her rousing musical performance. Again, this was what everyone in the audience had expected.

The British success carried over into the less trendy awards, with the English/Swedish Searching for Sugar Man, a stunning search for a believed dead musician, picking up Best Documentary Film.

In probably the most surprising turn of the evening, Ang Lee beat off Steven Spielberg to win Best Director for Life of Pi. Quentin Tarantino, who probably should have been nominated for Best Director, managed to pick up best adapted screenplay for the brilliant, yet controversial, Django Unchained.

Restrained and predictable

Highly rated 22 year old Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress, though instead of winning the gong, her memory of the night will probably be tripping up the stairs as she collected her award. Thankfully she took the joke.  

The night was hosted by Family Guy and Ted creator, Seth McFarlene and even though he made some risqué jokes aimed at Chris Brown’s relationship with Rihanna, it all felt a little restrained and predictable.

For the full list of winners click here 

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