By Megan Bianco
After eight intriguing and exciting weeks of award ceremonies and tributes, Oscar season has come to an end. The Academy Awards on February 24 entertained and put to rest the traditional abundance of pre-Oscar speculation among filmmakers and movie fans everywhere. Those wondering who—with Ben Affleck not receiving a nomination—would take home Best Director Awards, if it would be Jessica Chastain or Jennifer Lawrence named Best Actress and whether anyone still cared about Les Misérables, can now stop pondering.
What seemed like an overlooked film after receiving its nominations, Life of Pi became the dark horse of the night winning Best Visual Effects, Best Score, Best Cinematography and Best Director. The latter marking the second Oscar win for Ang Lee. Quentin Tarantino also nabbed his second Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Django Unchained, as did Christoph Waltz for a second time as Best Supporting Actor for Django. While Argo gained Best Adapted Screenplay for Chris Terrio and the big award of the night, Best Picture.
Anne Hathaway’s winning streak this season was capped off with Best Supporting Actress honors for Les Misérables, as did Daniel Day-Lewis as Best Actor for Lincoln. As of now, Day-Lewis is the only male actor to achieve three Oscars. And Jennifer Lawrence also made history as the second youngest female actor to win Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook. Winners or losers, Hollywood and the Oscars more than delivered another great year of future legends and classics.