2013 Academy Award Winners!

 

Academy Award

Check out these Oscar winning films at your local SCCLD library.

Argo

Argo

Best Picture Winner

Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

Best Film Editing Winner

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants storm the American embassy in Tehran and capture dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escape and a mid-level CIA agent named Antonio Mendez devises an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.

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Life Of Pi

Best Director Winner

Best Cinematography Winner

Best Visual Effects Winner

Best Original Score Winner

The coming-of-age story surrounds the son of a zookeeper who survives a shipwreck by stowing away on a lifeboat with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a Bengal tiger by the name of Richard Parker.

Brave

Brave

Best Animated Feature Film Winner

Princess Merida, an archer and self-reliant young woman, makes a decision which defies custom and brings chaos to her kingdom. To restore her kingdom, she must rely on her bravery and archery skills.

Searching for Sugar Man

Searching for Sugar Man

Best Documentary Feature Film Winner

In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career. Unbeknownst to him, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon. Rumor had it that he had died, but two fans, record store owner Stephen Segerman and journalist Craig Bartholomew-Strydom, decided to seek out the truth of his fate.

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Skyfall

Best Original Song Winner

Best Sound Editing Winner (tie)

007 (Daniel Craig) becomes M's only ally as MI6 comes under attack, and a mysterious new villain emerges with a diabolical plan. James Bond's latest mission has gone horribly awry, resulting in the exposure of several undercover agents, and an all-out attack on M16.

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Zero Dark Thirty Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Editing Winner (tie)

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, the Academy Award-winning duo behind The Hurt Locker, reteam for this drama detailing the hunt for Osama bin Laden, which stars Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain as the intelligence expert who dedicated a decade of her life to tracking down the world's most wanted terrorist.

 

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Wreck-It Ralph

When Litwak's Arcade closes at night, the various video game characters leave their normal in-game roles and are free to travel to other games. The characters within the game Fix-It Felix, Jr. celebrate its titular hero, but loathe the game's villain character, Wreck-It Ralph. At a support group for video game villains, Ralph reveals his desire to stop being a villain. Ostracized from his game's 30th anniversary celebration, Ralph believes he can be accepted by earning a medal, just as Felix does in their game. He learns he can find one in the first person rail shooter Hero's Duty and enters the game, collecting the medal between game sessions. In the process, he accidentally hatches a Cy-Bug, one of the game's enemies. The Cy-Bug clings to Ralph as he stumbles into an escape pod that launches him out of the game. Meanwhile, with Ralph missing, a player reports Fix-It Felix, Jr. to arcade staff as malfunctioning. Broken games will be unplugged, leaving their characters homeless, so Felix leaves to retrieve Ralph.

Ralph crash-lands in Sugar Rush, a kart-racing game. As he searches for his medal, he meets Vanellope von Schweetz, a glitchy character who takes the medal and uses it to buy entry into a race that determines the game's roster. The other racers, including the game's ruler King Candy, refuse to let Vanellope participate, claiming she was never intended to be part of the game. Empathetic toward the friendless Vanellope, Ralph helps build her a kart and discovers that she is a natural racer. Meanwhile, Felix enters Hero's Duty and encounters Sergeant Calhoun, the game's no-nonsense leader, who warns that Cy-Bugs will destroy any game they enter. As the pair search for Ralph and the Cy-Bug in Sugar Rush, they separate when Felix, enamored with Calhoun, inadvertently reminds her of her late fiancé. Calhoun finds an enormous collection of Cy-Bug eggs underground, and Felix becomes imprisoned in King Candy's castle.

Desperate, King Candy hacks the game's code to retrieve Ralph's medal and offers it to Ralph, falsely claiming that letting Vanellope race would be disastrous for both her and the game. Fearing for Vanellope's safety, Ralph wrecks her kart and returns to his own game, but finds everyone has fled, expecting the game to be unplugged in the morning. Ralph then notices Vanellope's image on the Sugar Rush cabinet and realizes she is an intended part of the game. Ralph returns to Sugar Rush, rescues Felix and Vanellope, and has Felix fix the wrecked kart. With the race ongoing, the Cy-Bugs attack. When Vanellope catches up to King Candy, her glitching reveals that he is actually Turbo, a character from an older racing game who sabotaged a newer game out of jealousy, causing both to be unplugged. Vanellope escapes from Turbo, who is consumed by a Cy-Bug.

The populace flees Sugar Rush, but Vanellope cannot pass through the exit because she is a glitch. Calhoun remarks that the game cannot be saved without a beacon to attract and kill the Cy-Bugs. Ralph heads to Diet Cola Mountain, an unfinished game track, where he plans on collapsing its Mentos stalactites into its cola pool to cause a blinding eruption to use as a beacon. Before he can finish, Turbo, merged with the Cy-Bug that had consumed him, carries Ralph into the sky. Ralph breaks free and dives toward the mountain, intending to sacrifice himself to start the eruption on impact. Vanellope uses her glitching to save Ralph, and the eruption draws Turbo and the Cy-Bugs to their destruction. Vanellope crosses the finish line, restoring her memory and status as Princess Vanellope, the game's ruler and lead character. Felix and Ralph return to their game in time to spare it from being unplugged. Calhoun and Felix marry, and the characters of Fix-It Felix, Jr. gain a new respect for Ralph.
List of awards and nominations
Award Category Winner/Nominee Result
Academy Awards[9] Best Animated Feature Rich Moore Nominated
Annie Awards[69][7] Best Animated Feature Won
Animated Effects in an Animated Production Brett Albert Nominated
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Bill Schwab, Lorelay Bove, Cory Loftis, Minkyu Lee
Directing in an Animated Feature Production Rich Moore Won
Music in an Animated Feature Production Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston, Yasushi Akimoto
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Leo Matsuda Nominated
Lissa Treiman
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Alan Tudyk (King Candy) Won
Writing in an Animated Feature Production Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee
Editorial in an Animated Feature Production Tim Mertens Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Animated Feature
Critics Choice Awards[70] Best Animated Feature Won
Golden Globe Awards[71] Best Animated Feature Film Nominated
Golden Reel Awards[72] Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in an Animation Feature Film Won
IGN's Best of 2012 Awards Best Movie Nominated
Best Animated Movie Won
IGN People's Choice Award for Best Animated Movie
Best 3D Movie Nominated
Best Movie Poster
National Board of Review Awards[73] Best Animated Feature Won
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie
Online Film Critics Society Award Best Animated Feature Nominated
Producers Guild of America Award Best Animated Motion Picture Clark Spencer Won
Satellite Awards[74] Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature Rich Moore Nominated
Saturn Awards[75] Best Animated Film Rich Moore Nominated
Visual Effects Society[76][77] Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture John Kahwaty, Suzan Kim, Michelle Robinson, Tony Smeed (for Vanellope)

Madagascar 3 Europe's most wanted

Best Animated Feature
Produced by Mireille Soria, Mark Swift

Best Director
Eric Darnell, Conrad Vernon, Tom McGrath

Best Adapted Screenplay
Screenplay by Eric Darnell and Noah Baumbach

Best Production Design
Production Designer
Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin
Art Director
Shannon Jeffries

Best Film Editing
Nick Fletcher, A.C.E.

Best Original Song
“Love Always Comes As A Surprise”
Performed by Peter Asher
Written by Peter Asher and
Dave Stewart

Best Sound Mixing
Re-Recording Mixers
Will Files
Gary Summers

Best Sound Editing
Supervising Sound Editor
Dennis Leonard

Best Visual Effects
Visual Effects Supervisor
Mahesh Ramasubraman

Rise of the Guardians

Hollywood Film Festival[49] Best Animated Feature

The spirit of winter, Jack Frost (Chris Pine), is lifted with no previous memory from the depths of a frozen pond by the Man in the Moon, only to discover that no one can see, hear, or touch him. Three-hundred years later, at the North Pole, Nicholas St. North, better known as Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), becomes aware that Pitch Black, the Boogeyman (Jude Law), has returned and is threatening the children of the world. After alerting fellow Guardians the Tooth Fairy/Toothiana (Tooth for short) (Isla Fisher), the Easter Bunny/E. Aster Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman), and the Sandman (Sandy for short) to the problem, North learns that Jack has been selected by the Man in the Moon as the new recruit. Jack, frustrated and hurt by centuries of isolation, declines the invitation, but North persuades him to cooperate by explaining their mission and the looming threat.

Meanwhile, Pitch and his nightmare minions raid Tooth's palace, taking all the children's teeth and the memories stored within. He also captures Toothiana's helper fairies, but a single fairy, Baby Tooth, is rescued by Jack. Resentful that he himself is not believed in, Pitch plans to destroy children's faith in the Guardians and thereby weaken them by preventing Toothiana from doing her work. To avert this, the Guardians travel the world collecting teeth, promising Jack that when they find Pitch, they will help him regain his own baby teeth, and through them the memories of his past life. On the expedition, a young boy named Jamie Bennett (Dakota Goyo) is delighted to discover the Guardians in his room; he believes in all of them except for Jack, whom he cannot see. Pitch learns of the Guardians' resistance and attacks Jack and Sandy. Despite Jack's efforts to save him, Sandy is overwhelmed and seemingly killed by Pitch.

The dejected Guardians rally by helping Bunnymund prepare his eggs for Easter. Although slightly complicated by the intrusion of Jamie's sister, Sophie, the preparation goes smoothly. Jack takes Sophie home, but afterward a mysterious female voice lures him to Pitch's lair, where Tooth's fairies and the teeth are being held. Pitch keeps him distracted with the promise of his teeth's memories, while Jack's absence allows the nightmares to raid Bunnymund's domain, shattering all the eggs.

After facing the disappointed Guardians, a despondent Jack departs in disgrace to Antarctica. There, Pitch tempts him to join forces, but Jack refuses, claiming that he does not want to be feared. In retaliation, Pitch threatens to kill Baby Tooth unless Jack relinquishes the source of his power, his staff. Pitch breaks the staff, and he throws both Jack and Baby Tooth down into an ice crevasse, where Baby Tooth convinces Jack to unlock his memories in an attempt to counter his despair. Long ago, his memories teach him, he was a mortal teenage boy who died saving his little sister from falling through the ice of the pond in which he awakened at the film's start. Because of that sacrifice, the Man in the Moon changed him into a spirit and chose him as a Guardian. Inspired by the revelation, Jack restores his staff and returns to help the Guardians.

Due to the power of Pitch's nightmares, only one child (Jamie) still believes. Jack races to the boy first and strengthens Jamie's wavering faith in the Guardians, but by creating snow in Jamie's room, he causes the boy to believe that Jack Frost is real. Jamie is finally able to see him, much to Jack's delighted surprise. The weakened Guardians arrive to confront Pitch, while Jamie gathers his friends to support them. Pitch's seemingly overwhelming power proves no match against the children's faith, which allows the Guardians to battle the Boogeyman. Sandman is resurrected by this belief and joins the fight, leaving Pitch defeated, the children's faith restored, and Jack with believers of his own. Pitch is conquered by his own fear, and the nightmares drag him away into his lair.

At this victory, Jack accepts his place as the Guardian of Fun and resolves to protect the world's children with his new friends.

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