2013 Academy Award nominees and winners

Best Picture Academy Award Winner 2013

oscars 2013Other films nominated for Best Picture included "Lincoln" (an early contender that fell out of favor after being swept by "Argo" in pre-Oscars award shows), "Life of Pi, " "Silver Linings Playbook, " "Zero Dark Thirty, " "Django Unchained, " "Beasts of the Southern Wild, " "Amour" and "Les Miserables."

Jack Nicholson and Michelle Obama presented the award.

"I know what you're thinking: the three sexiest producers alive, " producer Grant Heslov said as he stood next to co-producers Affleck and George Clooney.

That "Argo" won is historic, as it becomes only the fourth film in the 85-year history of the Academy Awards to win Best Picture without a nomination in the Best Director category.

Affleck previously won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1997 for "Goodwill Hunting." "Argo's" win caps a stellar comeback for the filmmaker, who was once thought to have ruined his career in movies like "Gigli."

Last year, "The Artist" won Best Picture.

Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences vote to select Oscar nominees and winners, which makes the Oscars differ from the Golden Globes, which are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press. Guild awards (Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild, Directors Guild) are awarded by members of a particular profession.

ben affleckSeth MacFarlane helmed this year's Oscar telecast, which took place at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre and included a number of charming set pieces. A tribute to James Bond, a "Chicago" reunion, a "Les Miserables" medley, performances by Adele and Barbra Streisand and even Ted all made it into the busy evening.

More information about winners, performances and more can be found in the live blog below the following gallery.

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Good Night, And Good Luck

That's all from the Oscars 2013 live blog here at HuffPost Entertainment! Hope you enjoyed the show. This is Christopher Rosen, signing off.

Ben Affleck Is Not Into Oscar Punditry

From backstage at the Oscars:

When did you feel a tipping point in your favor for this film?

Clooney: Michelle Obama.

Ben: When they gave us the trophies I was confident that we would win. I don’t get too much into the Oscar-ology and the pontificating. It doesn’t help me to read up on that stuff.

Daniel Day-Lewis' Facial Hair

patricia clarkson oscarsBackstage at the Oscars with Daniel Day-Lewis:

Was it uncomfortable wearing the beard?

What do you mean? No it's just a beard. Do you wear your hair? It was my very own beard.

What Jennifer Lawrence Thought When She Fell

From HuffPost Los Angeles correspondent Sasha Bronner:

"A bad word. That starts with F."

How Movies Change During Oscar Season

Here's Awards Daily blogger Sasha Stone just after "Argo" won Best Picture.

See, I told you Argo was Crash incarnate. Won the same amount of awards even.

Have you ever seen a movie where you walk out saying, “That was just a great f-king movie”? That’s Ben Affleck’s Argo. Inexplicably, a film that draws its strength from humor and suspense, winds up being more moving the second time through. Perhaps because once you have been through the suspense part of it you get to know the characters better and therefore care about their outcomes more.

Ben Affleck's Arc

Affleck: Oscar winner to laughingstock to Oscar winner. You can't make these things up.

At Least Someone Liked It

Tommy Lee Jones told me Seth MacFarlane was "hilarious." His favorite part? "I Saw Your Boobs." #notkidding

Daniel Day-Lewis' Meryl Streep Joke

“It’s a strange thing, because three years ago, before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher, um...” he joked. “And Meryl was, was Steven’s first choice for ‘Lincoln.’ And I’d like to see that version. And Steven didn’t have to persuade me to play Lincoln, but I had to persuade him that, perhaps, if I was going to do it, that Lincoln shouldn’t be a musical.”

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