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Oscars 2013: Surprise Winners

Leah Harari |
February 25, 2013 | 4:08 a.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Ang Lee, "Best Director" for "Life of Pi" (Photo Credit-Pinterest)
Ang Lee, "Best Director" for "Life of Pi" (Photo Credit-Pinterest)
2013 was a pretty predictable year for the biggest night in movies. While winners of the 85th annual Academy Awards were generally expected, the show wasn't without its surprise victors.  

By far the most shocking (and controversial) category of the night was for Best Director, which was already under fire by fans for snubbing Ben Affleck. Beating out expected victor Steven Spielberg and his critically acclaimed "Lincoln," Ang Lee took home the Academy Award for "Life of Pi."  This makes Lee a two-time Oscar winner after receiving the Best Director Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain" in 2006.

Other unexpected, but not quite as surprising wins included Pixar's "Brave" for Best Animated Feature Film, which surpassed the favored "Wreck-It Ralph." Christoph Waltz in the western "Django Unchained" wasn't a total shock, but Tommy Lee Jones had been expected to the award home for his work in "Lincoln."

Big winners of the night included Ben Affleck's brainchild "Argo" for Best Picture, Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress in "Silver Linings Playbook," Daniel Day Lewis as Best Actor for "Lincoln" and Anne Hathaway as Best Supporting Actress for "Les Miserables."



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