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Oscar's Choice 2013:

 

 

 Ben Affleck's Iran rescue thriller "Argo" has won best picture from the Academy Awards.

It's the first best picture winner not to be nominated for best director since 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy." But despite the omission of Affleck -- or perhaps buoyed by it -- "Argo" emerged as the Oscar favorite, winning top honors from the directors, producers, screen actors and writers guilds.

From the White House, first lady Michelle Obama joined Jack Nicholson to help present the final prize.

"There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right to be up here as we do," Affleck said of the other best-picture nominees.

In share-the-wealth mode, Oscar voters spread Sunday's honors among a range of films, with "Argo" winning three trophies but "Life of Pi" leading with four.

Daniel Day-Lewis joined a select group of recipients with his third Oscar, taking the best-actor trophy for his performance as Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War saga "Lincoln."

The award for best actress went to Jennifer Lawrence for her performance as a young widower in "Silver Linings Playbook." It's the first Oscar for the 22-year-old Lawrence, who was also nominated for "Winter's Bone" in 2011. The actress tripped on her Dior gown as she made her way to the stage, but by the time she got to the microphone, the Dolby Theatre crowd applauded her with a standing ovation.

"You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell," she said.

Anne Hathaway went from propping up leaden sidekick James Franco at the Academy Awards to hefting a golden statue of her own with a supporting-actress Oscar win as a doomed mother-turned-prostitute in the musical "Les Miserables."

 

"It came true," Hathaway said as she accepted the award. She famously cropped her hair on camera playing the gaunt Fantine, and her full-throated, one-take rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" was classic Oscar-winning stuff. She was one of the night's most obvious shoo-ins, having swept the major awards leading up to the Oscars.

 

Christoph Waltz won his second supporting-actor Oscar for a Quentin Tarantino film, this time as a genteel bounty hunter in the slave-revenge saga "Django Unchained." Tarantino also won his second Oscar, for original screenplay for "Django."

In a choked voice, Waltz offered thanks to his character and "to his creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world, Quentin Tarantino." He also offered thanks to his supporting-actor competitors, who included two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and Oscar recipient Tommy Lee Jones, who had been considered a slim favorite over Waltz for the prize.

Taiwanese director Ang Lee pulled off a huge upset at the Academy Awards with a win for the shipwreck story "Life of Pi," taking the best director prize over Steven Spielberg, who had been favored for "Lincoln."

"Thank you, movie god," Lee said as he accepted the award.

"Life of Pi" also won for Mychael Danna's multicultural musical score that blends Indian and Western instruments and influences, plus cinematography and visual effects.

"Argo" also claimed the Oscar for adapted screenplay for Chris Terrio, who worked with Affleck to create a liberally embellished story based on an article about the rescue and part of CIA operative Tony Mendez's memoir.

Terrio dedicated the award to Mendez, saying "33 years ago, Tony, using nothing but his creativity and his intelligence, Tony got six people out of a bad situation."

The foreign-language prize went to Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke's old-age love story "Amour," which had been a major surprise with five nominations, including picture, director and original screenplay for Haneke and best actress for Emmanuelle Riva, who turned 86 on Sunday and would be the oldest acting winner ever.

"Brave," the Scottish adventure from Disney's Pixar Animation unit, was named best animated feature. Pixar films have won seven of the 12 Oscars since the category was added.

The upbeat musical portrait "Searching for Sugar Man" took the documentary feature prize over a lineup of sober films that included the AIDS chronicle "How to Survive a Plague," the military-rape critique "The Invisible War" and the Israel-Palestine studies "5 Broken Cameras" and "The Gatekeepers."

There was also a rare tie in one category, with the Osama bin Laden thriller "Zero Dark Thirty" and the James Bond tale "Skyfall" each winning for sound editing.

      

Host Seth MacFarlane opened the live Oscars telecast with a monologue that poked fun at stars and the movie industry. He offered a jab at academy voters over Ben Affleck's snub in the best director category for best-picture favorite "Argo," a thriller about the CIA's plot to rescue six Americans during the Iranian hostage crisis.

"The story was so top secret that the film's director is unknown to the academy," MacFarlane said. "They know they screwed up. Ben, it's not your fault."

William Shatner made a guest appearance as his "Star Trek" character Capt. James Kirk, appearing on a giant screen above the stage during MacFarlane's monologue, saying he came back in time to stop the host from ruining the Oscars.

"Your jokes are tasteless and inappropriate, and everyone ends up hating you," said Shatner, who revealed a headline supposedly from the next day's newspaper with a headline reading, "Seth MacFarlane worst Oscar host ever."

The performance-heavy Oscars also included an opening number featuring Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum, who did a classy dance while MacFarlane crooned "The Way You Look Tonight." Daniel Radcliffe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt then joined MacFarlane for an elegant musical rendition of "High Hopes." There was also another musical number called "We Saw Your Boobs," in which MacFarlane called out actresses who have gone topless in movies.

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron lined up a top-notch cast of stars as presenters, including "The Avengers" co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner. They presented two prizes that went to the shipwreck tale "Life of Pi," cinematography and visual effects.

 

Halle Berry introduced a tribute to the Bond franchise, in which she has co-starred, as the British super-spy celebrated his 50th anniversary on the big-screen last year with the latest adventure "Skyfall." Shirley Bassey sang her theme song to the 1960s Bond tale "Goldfinger." Later, pop star Adele performed her theme tune from "Skyfall," which won the best-song Oscar.

Barbra Streisand injected some musical sentiment into the show's segment memorializing Hollywood figures who died in the past year as she sang "The Way We Were," the Oscar-winning song she did in the film of the same name.

A salute to the resurgence of movie musicals in the last decade included Oscar winners Zeta-Jones singing "All That Jazz" from "Chicago" and Hudson doing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from "Dreamgirls." Jackman and Hathaway joined cast mates of best-picture contender "Les Miserables" to sing songs from their musical.

Fans have pondered how far MacFarlane the impudent creator of "Family Guy," might push the normally prim and proper Oscars. MacFarlane was generally polite and respectful, showcasing his charm, wit and vocal gifts.

He did press his luck a bit on an Abraham Lincoln joke, noting that Raymond Massey preceded "Lincoln" star Daniel Day-Lewis as an Oscar nominee for 1940's "Abe Lincoln in Illinois."

"I would argue that the actor who really got inside Lincoln's head was John Wilkes Booth," MacFarlane wisecracked, earning some groans from the crowd. "A hundred and 50 years later, and it's still too soon?"

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The Artist, Jean Dujardin & Meryl Streep

By Stephen M. Silverman

Sunday February 26, 2012 12:00 AM EST

"Oh, no – not her again," was what winner Meryl Streep feared those inside L.A.'s Hollywood & Highland Center were thinking on Oscar night. Was she ever wrong.
The actress, who's been nominated a historic 17 times, won the Best Actress Oscar at Sunday's 84th annual Oscars for The Iron Lady, in which she played former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

When all the gold dust had settled, Hugo went home with five technical Oscars, but the big winner in the major categories was The Artist, which, among its five awards, was named Best Picture of the Year.

The captivating $12 million, mostly silent, black-and-white movie also took the honors for director Michel Hazanavicius, its costume design, musical score and, in his introduction to American audiences, its leading man, Jean Dujardin, who was named Best Actor.

"Merci beau coup, I love you!" the handsome Frenchman, 36, shouted. "I love your country." Before practically losing his breath, Dujardin went on to tell his wife, actress Alexandra Larny, "I love you."

The Actress race was perceived to be between Viola Davis in The Help and Streep, who was also the Golden Globe and BAFTA winner for the role. Streep's two previous Oscars were for Kramer Vs. Kramer (Supporting Actress) and Sophie's Choice (Actress).

Octavia Spencer, from The Help, was named Best Supporting Actress earlier in the evening. Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for The Beginners. In his acceptance speech he noted that, at 82, he is only two years younger than Oscar.

Dujardin's closest competition was believed to be The Descendants star George Clooney, who played a cuckolded husband whose wife is dying in director Alexander Payne's drama set in Hawaii. On the Oscar red carpet, Clooney, 50, told ABC, "I have a feeling at the end of the Best Actor race, you're going to hear someone speaking French."

Alexander Payne's The Descendants and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris were honored, for their adapted and original screenplays, respectively.


 

Eurovision Song Contest

Russia proved to be the best ever organizer of Eurovision song contest which ended on Saturday the 16th of May, with Norway emerging as the winner of the Europe's most popular musical event. With an exciting voting in front of thousands of people in a fully packed Moscow Olimpisky Indoor Arena and millions of TV viewers all over Europe, a Belarusian born Alexander Rybak from Norway received the highest number of points from TV voters and juries from the 42 countries participating in this year's edition of Europe's favourite TV-show! Norway managed to gather 387 points altogether -  new record! -, followed by Yohanna from Iceland with 218 points and Azerbaijan's AySel & Arash who collected 207 points.

Alexander Ryabov - Eurovision Winner

Moscow Olympisky Arena

Weekend Global - Moscow

It was a great weekend of relaxation in Moscow, as thousands of tourists occupied the city, while the contestants of the Eurovision contest were busy rehashing for the show, which decided the winner of the Grand final of the most celebrated European musical contest in the capital city.

Earlier two semi-finals ended on Thursday, the 15th of March. The Semifinals which were divided into two parts, which  took place for the second time in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest,  and 25 countries qualified to contest in the Final that took place on the 16th of May 2009 at Olimpiysky Arena.

Going by the rules, Citizens of each participating country voted by telephone and SMS texts which counted for 50%. Each country's 10 favorites were awarded 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points based on the number of vote. A jury in each country also had a 50% say in the outcome? while the winner will be the next host of the event.

Russia was the 2008 winner which was represented by Dima Bilan.

Russia and the 'Big Four', namely - The United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain  - were automatically set for the Final. After all 42 countries had voted, it was Alexander Rybak from Norway who was the lucky winner with his song Fairytale, collecting 387 points overall.

 

The Finalists

# Counties Participating Performer(s) Song title, writer(s) and composer(s)
01 Lithuania
 
Sasha Son Love
02 Israel
 
Noa & Mira Awad There Must Be Another Way
03 France
 
Patricia Kaas Et S'il Fallait Le Faire
04 Sweden
 
Malena Ernman La Voix
05 Croatia
 
Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea Lijepa Tena
06 Portugal
 
Flor-de-lis Todas As Ruas Do Amor
07 Iceland
 
Yohanna Is It True?
08 Greece
 
Sakis Rouvas This Is Our Night
09 Armenia
 
Inga & Anush Jan Jan
10 Russia
 
Anastasia Prikhodko Mamo
11 Azerbaijan
 
AySel & Arash Always
12 Bosnia & Herzegovina
 
Regina Bistra Voda
13 Moldova
 
Nelly Ciobanu Hora Din Moldova
14 Malta
 
Chiara What If We
15 Estonia
 
Urban Symphony Rändajad
16 Denmark
 
Brinck Believe Again
17 Germany
 
Alex Swings Oscar Sings! Miss Kiss Kiss Bang
18 Turkey
 
Hadise Düm Tek Tek
19 Albania
 
Kejsi Tola Carry Me In Your Dreams
20 Norway
 
Alexander Rybak Fairytale
21 Ukraine
 
Svetlana Loboda Be my Valentine! (Anti-crisis Girl)
22 Romania
 
Elena The Balkan Girls
23 United Kingdom
 
Jade Ewen It's My Time
24 Finland
 
Waldo's People Lose Control
25 Spain
 
Soraya La Noche Es Para Mí (The Night Is For Me)

 

Previous Winners (1956 - 2008)

Year Winning
Country
Winning Song
Winning Artist
UK Entry Title /
Artist
1956 Switzerland "Refrains"
 Lys Assia
(No UK entry)
1957 Netherlands "Net Als Toen"
 Corry Broken
"All"
 Patricia Bredin
1958 France "Dors Mon Amour"
 Andre Claveau
(No UK entry)
1959 Holland "Een Beetje"
 Teddy Scholten
"Sing Little Birdie"
 Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson
1960 France "Tom Pillibi"
 Jacqueline Boyer
"Looking High High High"
 Bryan Johnson
1961 Luxembourg "Nous Les Amoureux"
 Jean Claude Pascal
"Are You Sure"
 Allisons
1962 France "Un Premier Amour"
 Isabelle Aubret
"Ring-A-Ding Girl"
 Ronnie Carroll
1963 Denmark "Dansevise"
 Grethe & Jorgen Ingmann
"Say Wonderful Things"
 Ronnie Carroll
1964 Italy "Non Ho L'eta Per Amarti"
 Gigliola Cinquetti
"I Love The Little Things"
 Matt Monro
1965 Luxembourg "Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son"
 France Gall
"I Belong"
 Kathy Kirby
1966 Austria "Merci Cherie"
 Udo Jurgens
"A Man Without Love"
 Kenneth Mc.Kellar
1967 UK "Puppet On A String"
 Sandie Shaw
"Puppet On A String"
 Sandie Shaw
1968 Spain "La La La"
 Massiel
"Congratulations"
 Cliff Richard
1969 UK "Boom-Bang-A-Bang"
 Lulu
"Boom Bang-A-Bang"
 Lulu
joint France "Un Jour Un Enfant"
 Frida Boccara
 
joint Netherlands "De Troubadour"
 Lennie Kuhr
 
joint Spain "Vivo Cantando"
 Salome
 
1970 Ireland "All Kinds Of Everything"
 Dana
"Knock Knock Who's There"
 Mary Hopkin
1971 Monaco "Un Banc Un Arbre Un Rue"
 Severine
"Jack In The Box"
 Clodagh Rodgers
1972 Luxembourg "Apres Toi (Come What May)"
 Vicky Leandros
"Beg Steal Or Borrow"
 New Seekers
1973 Luxembourg "Tu Te Reconnaitras (Wonderful Dream)"
 Ann-Marie David
"Power To All Our Friends"
 Cliff Richard
1974 Sweden "Waterloo"
 Abba
"Long Live Love"
 Olivia Newton-John
1975 Netherlands "Ding-A-Dong"
 Teach-In
"Let Me Be The One"
 Shadows
1976 UK "Save Your Kisses For Me"
 Brotherhood Of Man
"Save Your Kisses For Me"
 Brotherhood Of Man
1977 France "L'oiseau Et L'enfant"
 Marie Myriam
"Rock Bottom"
 Lynsey De Paul & Mike Moran
1978 Israel "A Ba Ni Bi"
 Izhar Cohen & Alphabeta
"Bad Old Days"
 Co-Co
1979 Israel "Hallelujah"
 Milk & Honey
"Mary Ann"
 Black Lace
1980 Ireland "What's Another Year"
 Johnny Logan
"Love Enough For Two"
 Prima Donna
1981 UK "Making Your Mind Up"
 Buck's Fizz
"Making Your Mind Up"
 Buck's Fizz
1982 Germany "Ein Bisschen Frieden (A Little Peace)"
 Nicole
"One Step Futher"
 Bardo
1983 Luxembourg "Si La Vie Est Cadeu"
 Corrine Hermes
"I'm Never Giving Up"
 Sweet Dreams
1984 Sweden "Diggy-Loo Diggy-Ley"
 Herrys
"Love Games"
 Belle & The Devotions
1985 Norway "La Det Swinge (Let It Swing)"
 Bobbysocks
"Love Is"
 Vikki
1986 Belgium "J'aime La Vie"
 Sandra Kim
"Runner In The Night"
 Ryder
1987 Ireland "Hold Me Now"
 Johnny Logan
"Only The Light"
 Rikki
1988 Switzerland "Ne Partez Sans Moi"
 Celine Dion
"Go"
 Scott Fitzgerald
1989 Yugoslavia "Rock Me"
 Riva
"Why Do I Always Get It Wrong"
 Live Report
1990 Italy "Insieme 1992"
 Toto Cotugno
"Give A Little Love Back To The World"
 Emma
1991 Sweden "Fangad Av En Stormvind"
 Carola
"A Message To Your Heart"
 Samantha Janus
1992 Ireland "Why Me"
 Linda Martin
"One Step Out Of Time"
 Michael Ball
1993 Ireland "In Your Eyes"
 Naimh Kavanagh
"Better The Devil You Know"
 Sonia
1994 Ireland "Rock N Roll Kids"
 Paul Harrington & Charlie Mc.Gettigan
"Lonely Symphony"
 Francis Ruffelle
1995 Norway "Nocturne"
 Secret Garden
"Love City Groove"
 Love City Groove
1996 Ireland "The Voice"
 Eimar Quinn
"Ooh Ah...Just A Little Bit"
 Gina G
1997 UK "Love Shine A Light"
 Katrina & The Waves
"Love Shine A Light"
 Katrina & The Waves
1998 Israel "Diva"
 Dana International
"Where Are You"
 Imaani
1999 Sweden "Take Me To Your Heaven"
 Charlotte Nilsson
"Say It Again"
 Precious
2000 Denmark "Fly On The Wings Of Love"
 Olsen Brothers
"Don't Play That Song Again"
 Nicki French
2001 Estonia "Everybody"
 Tanel Badar & Dave Benton
"No Dream Impossible"
 Lyndsay Dracass
2002 Latvia "I Wanna"
Marie N
"Come Back"
 Jessica Garlick
2003 Turkey "Every Way That I Can"
 Sertab Erener
"Cry Baby"
 Jemini
2004 Ukraine "Wild Dance" 
 Ruslana
"Hold On To Our Love"
 James Fox
2005 Greece "My Number One "
 Helena Paparizou
"Touch My Fire"
 Javine
2006 Finland "Hard Rock Hallelujah"
 Lordi
"Teenage Life"
 Daz Sampson
2007 Serbia "Molitva "
 Marija Serifovic
"Flying The Flag (For You)"
 Scooch
2008 Russia  Never Let you Go

Dima Bilan

 
2009 Norway  

Alexander Rybak

 


 

 

 

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