Oscars 2013: 'Amour' Wins Best Foreign Language Film
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"Amour" captured Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars on Sunday.
The French-language film from Austrian director Michael Haneke depicts an elderly couple struggling to cope with the ravages of old age.
In his speech, Haneke thanked stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, two legends of foreign language cinema, saying that he never would have been on the stage had it not been for their performances.
It was the first Oscar for Haneke, who was previously nominated in 2009 for "The White Ribbon."
Earlier in the evening, Christoph Waltz won the Best Supporting Actor statue for his performance as a charming bounty hunter in "Django Unchained."
In his speech, he thanked his director Quentin Tarantino and fellow nominees. It is the second Oscar for Waltz, who previously earned a statue for his performance as a Nazi officer in "Inglorious Bastards," which was also written and directed by Tarantino.
"I was on a list with the greatest actors around," Waltz said backstage in the press room. "How do you think someone feels when all of a sudden his name is called in that context?"
Seth MacFarlane kicked off the 85th Academy Awards by saying that he only got the hosting gig after everyone from Whoopi Goldberg to Ron Jeremy refused the job.
"And the quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh begins now," MacFarlane said.
The "Family Guy" creator sent up Hollywood self-aggrandizement, poking fun at the Academy's failure to nominate Ben Affleck and Jean Dujardin's limited English language skills (joking that "The Artist" star couldn't make it in talkies).
The lengthy, over-stuffed opener included musical performances from the gay men's choir of Los Angeles and dancing from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron.
There was even a cameo from William Shatner in full James T. Kirk gear from "Star Trek" and a song about actress' who have been naked on film, called "we saw your boobs."
As promised, music factored heavily into the 2013 edition of the Oscars. In addition to MacFarlane's showmanship, there was also a tribute to James Bond's 50 years in films, featuring Dame Shirley Bassey singing the theme from "Goldfinger." Bassey's rendition of the classic 007 anthem brought the crowd at the Dolby Theatre to their feet.
For good measure, there was also a tribute to movie musicals of the past decade featuring performances from the cast of "Les Miserables," Jennifer Hudson of "Dreamgirls" and Catherine Zeta-Jones" representing "Chicago."