Published February 25, 2013
Oscar has a bit of egg on its golden face.
“Argo” took home the Best Picture award during Sunday night’s Academy Awards.
The film’s director, Ben Affleck, was famously left off of Oscar’s Best Director list of nominees.
Affleck, who sped through an emotional acceptance speech, did not mention the snub, and had only kind words to say about his film's competitors.
"There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right to be up here as we do," he said said, his voice cracking later when he thanked his wife, actress Jennifer Garner.
"I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases," he said. "It is work but it is the best kind of work, and there's no one I'd rather work with.''
"Argo" had already snapped up every major award leading up to the Oscars, so its presenter may have been more of a surprise than the winner.
First Lady Michelle Obama, introduced by Jack Nicholson, appeared via satellite to announce the Best Picture award.
But "Argo" didn't hog all of the Oscar spotlight.
Daniel Day-Lewis took home the Best Actor award for his role in “Lincoln," and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for "Silver Linings Playbook."
The 22-year-old was so excited she tripped and fell hard as she walked up the steps to the stage to accept her award.
"You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell," she said to the audience.
Ang Lee won the best director award for "Life of Pi." It was a major upset, as Steven Spielberg had been favored for "Lincoln."
"I really want to thank you for believing this story and sharing this incredible journey with me," Lee said.
Christoph Waltz took home the first big award of the night, winning best supporting actor for his role in "Django Unchained." It was his second Oscar from his second Quentin Tarantino film. He won an Oscar for supporting actor in 2009 for "Inglorious Bastards."
Anne Hathaway took home the award for best supporting actress for her role in "Les Miserables."
Hathaway, whose perkiness helped carry her and the listless James Franco through an ill-starred stint as Oscar hosts two years ago, is the third performer in a musical to win supporting actress during the genre's resurgence in the last decade.
"It came true," she said, clutching her Oscar.
There was another Oscar surprise when a tie was announced in the Sound Editing category. Teams from "Skyfall" and "Zero Dark Thirty" both took home golden statues. It was not, however, the first Academy Award tie. According to History.com, there were ties in 1943, 1949 and 1986.
But the big winners of the night were perhaps slightly overshadowed by the show's controversial host and seemingly endless musical performances.
Seth MacFarlane, of “Family Guy” fame, kicked off the ceremony by pushing the crudeness envelope early-on, but Captain Kirk -- yes Captain Kirk -- wasn’t having it.
William Shatner, dressed as his "Star Trek" character, appeared on a screen less than 10 minutes into the telecast to cut off what he called MacFarlane’s offensive jokes.
Shatner said he was coming from the future to “stop you from destroying the Academy Awards.” He then went on to hold up a news article that read “Seth MacFarlane Worst Oscar Host Ever.”
As the night began, MacFarlane took jabs at Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Chris Brown and Rihanna. His jokes were met with mixed applause and scattered laughs from the celebrity audience.
Following MacFarlane's initial show introduction, the Oscars quickly took turned into a musical extravaganza, as promised.
A series of musical numbers were presented as a salute to movie musicals of the last decade. Daniel Radcliffe, Jennifer Hudson and Catherine Zeta Jones were among the night's performers.
The star-studded cast of “Les Miserables” also took the Oscar stage to perform, including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter and Amanda Seyfried.
Their performance received a standing ovation.
Adele entertained the Oscar audience in a much-anticipated performance of her hit "Skyfall." The performance was part of a tribute to the James Bond franchise, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. She later won the award for Best Original Song.
Earlier in the night, 76-year-old Shirley Bassey got a standing ovation after she belted out "Goldfinger" for the 007 tribute.
All of those performances took their toll on the show’s running length, however, which went about 35 minutes past its promised three-hour run time.