The stage is set for Hollywood's biggest night. Oscar nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning, with Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone ushering in a new class of nominees.
A number of expected names were read on Thursday. Best Picture will see "Zero Dark Thirty," "Lincoln," "Argo," "Life of Pi," and "Amour" battling it out come Feb. 24, the night of the awards broadcast (MacFarlane is on hosting duty that night too).
The nominees for Best Actor were Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Bradley Cooper and Joaquin Phoenix, with Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Quvenzhané Wallis, Naomi Watts and Emmanuelle Riva competing for Best Actress.
The Best Director race is also quite well-stacked, with past winners Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln") and Ang Lee ("Life of Pi") competing with David O'Russell, Michael Haneke and Benh Zeitlin.
Statues are handed out to those who collect the most votes from members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a group made up of working professionals in cinema. More information on the voting process is available at the Academy's website. The Golden Globes -- which take place Sunday -- are not voted on by members of the industry, but by the Hollywood Foreign Press.
A full list of nominees will be added to this post once they're all announced. A live-blog of Oscars season is available below, as is a gallery of those honored. Be sure to head back to HuffPost Entertainment for coverage of all things awards.
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.
Backstage 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.
From HuffPost Los Angeles correspondent Sasha Bronner:
"A bad word. That starts with F."
Here's Awards Daily blogger Sasha Stone just after "Argo" won Best Picture.
|@ AwardsDaily : 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.
|@ LouLumenick : Affleck: Oscar winner to laughingstock to Oscar winner. You can't make these things up.|
|@ m1keh0gan : Tommy Lee Jones told me Seth MacFarlane was "hilarious." His favorite part? "I Saw Your Boobs." #notkidding|
“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.”
More on Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar speech here.
The 85th annual Oscars gave audiences plenty to talk about -- from host Seth MacFarlane's "rejected"-but-still-definitely-included "We Saw Your Boobs" number to William Shatner's comment that the Academy should have asked Amy Poehler and Tina Fey to host. (Are they really hosting next year? Don't play with our emotions that way.)
More here from HuffPost Women.
Need to make sense of the Oscars? We've got you covered. From the WHOA to the EEK to the OH NO!, we've rounded up the night's brightest highlights. Because nobody should be the odd man out at the water cooler.
Seth MacFarlane opened the night with a Tommy Lee Jones joke (remember Mr Grumpy Cat?). "The quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh starts now," quipped the host. So ...
Look at Oscar night in GIFs by clicking here.
The 85th annual Academy Awards took a moment Sunday evening to honor a number of late Hollywood greats. The memoriam nodded to an extraordinary group, including Nora Ephron and Richard Zanuck. However, one actor was noticeably absent from the list.
Andy Griffith wasn't mentioned in the Oscars' In Memoriam segment. More here.
|@ brooksbarnesNYT : Reporter to Jennifer Lawrence, "Are you worried about peaking too soon?" She makes a face and pauses. "Well, now I am!"|
From HuffPost Women:
We learned a few things: Seth MacFarlane likes boobs. Seth MacFarlane thinks eating disorders are funny. And Seth MacFarlane's one-liners would make the worst pick-up lines ever.
Pretty great. David Rothschild, who spearheaded our Oscars Prediction Dashboard weighs in:
This is a spectacular result … The Oscars are always billed as “unpredictable” and that is especially true down the line for the more obscure categories … 19 out of 24 correct is a testament to scientific predictions
More on the Oscars tie that occurred in the Best Sound Editing category:
Although it is rare, Oscars ties have happened before.
In 1932, Frederic March won the Best Actor award for "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" and tied with Wallace Beery for "The Champ" because Beery only beat him by one single vote, Slate notes. The rules allowed for a one vote difference to be called a tie back then, while today it must be the exact same.
More on Michelle Obama's Oscar appearance:
"[These films] taught us that love can beat all odds," Obama said. "They reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage within ourselves."
The 2013 Oscars are over. "Life of PI" led with four wins, including Best Director for Ang Lee. "Argo" and "Les Miserables" had three wins. "Django Unchained" and "Lincoln" earned two.
|@ kateyrich : Poor Bradley Cooper, knowing they pre-wrote a musical number about how he's a loser.|
Seth MacFarlane and Kristen Chenoweth sing a song about the losers at the Oscars. Surely this will go over well in the room.
"Argo," Ang Lee, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Christoph Waltz and Anne Hathaway were 2013 Oscar winners. Here's the full list.
Affleck, who was snubbed for Best Director, gives a long but thoughtful acceptance speech. More on the historic "Argo" Oscar win here:
The 2013 Academy Award for Best Picture was awarded to Hollywood's favorite film: "Argo." Oscar looked good in Ben Affleck's hand, especially as the star was notably snubbed in the Best Directing category.
He thanks Ben Affleck, who directed a "helluva film." He then introduces Affleck.
"Thank you very, very much." Affleck acknowledges Steven Spielberg and the other films.
Michelle Obama announces "Argo" as Best Picture.
Jack knows better than to mess with Michelle Obama.
"Zero Dark Thirty"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Life of Pi"
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"
Denzel Washington, "Flight"
Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"
Quvenzhane Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"
Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Notebook"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Alan Arkin, "Argo"
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Sally Field, "Lincoln"
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Amy Adams, "The Master"
Jacki Weaver, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"
David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
Michael Haneke, "Amour"
Behn Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"The Pirates! Band of Misfits"