02/24/2013 11:57 pm ET

Best Picture Winner 2013: 'Argo' Wins Oscar At 85th Annual Academy Awards

"Argo" is the Best Picture winner in 2013.

The film, directed by Ben Affleck, won the Oscars' top prize at the 85th annual Academy Awards. Jack Nicholson led up to the announcement made by Michelle Obama, who surprised audiences with her appearance, led up to the announcement.

"Argo" was expected to win the Best Picture award after steamrolling through awards season. Affleck's film won prizes from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Writers Guild of America and BAFTA. The "Argo" win 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, who was also a co-producer on the film with George Clooney and Grant Heslov, was famously left off of the Best Director ballot.

"Argo" focuses on the extraction of six Americans trapped in Iran after the U.S. embassy was overtaken in November of 1979. The mission, which used a fake movie called "Argo" as cover, was the subject of a Wired magazine article published in 2007. Affleck himself stars as Tony Mendez, the CIA expert responsible for the six Americans, with character actors like Alan Arkin (an Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor), John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Bryan Cranston, Chris Messina, Titus Welliver, Scoot McNairy and Victor Garber filling out supporting roles.

Crowned Best Picture winner in 2013, "Argo" defeated "Amour," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty" for the honor. "Argo" also won two other Academy Awards, including Best Editing.

Last year, "The Artist" won Best Picture.

A full list of 2013 Oscars winners and more can be found in the live blog below.

Oscar Nominees 2013

02/25/2013 1:18 AM EST

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.

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02/25/2013 1:07 AM EST

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.

02/25/2013 1:06 AM EST

Daniel Day-Lewis' Facial Hair

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.

02/25/2013 12:54 AM EST

What Jennifer Lawrence Thought When She Fell

From HuffPost Los Angeles correspondent Sasha Bronner:

"A bad word. That starts with F."

02/25/2013 12:50 AM EST

Ben Affleck's Best Picture Winner Face

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02/25/2013 12:49 AM EST

Patricia Clarkson At The Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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More on Patricia Clarkson's look here.

02/25/2013 12:44 AM EST

How Movies Change During Oscar Season

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.

Here's Sasha Stone on "Argo" back in October:

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.

02/25/2013 12:42 AM EST

Ben Affleck's Arc

@ LouLumenick :

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

02/25/2013 12:31 AM EST

At Least Someone Liked It

@ m1keh0gan :

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

02/25/2013 12:28 AM EST

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.”

More on Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar speech here.