There were a fair number of high quality movies that were granted the chance to compete for this year’s Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards, and as the Oscar race continued on for months, we saw a number of movies bob their way in and out of first place, but only one could be named the champion of them all.

Michelle Obama gave a wonderful speech prior to the nominees announced for Best Picture, which was a wonderful surprise for many watching the Oscars tonight. And in the end, at this year’s 85th Annual Academy Awards, the Oscar for Best Picture was given to Argo. Ben Affleck looks a bit speechless as he makes his way onto the stage to get his award along with producers Grant Heslov and George Clooney.

“I know what you’re thinking, three sexiest producers alive. Ben is a producer on the film and he’s also our director and I thought it would be awkward for Ben to thank himself but it’s not awkward for me. So on behalf of George [Clooney] and myself I want to thank you Ben. You directed a hell of a film. Couldn’t be more proud of the film.” -Grant Heslov

“I want to acknowledge Steven Spielberg, a towering talent among us. There were eight great films that have as much of a right to be here with us as much as we do… I thank everyone in the movie, [anyone who] did anything with this movie gets thanks… I just want to say a few years ago I had no idea what I was doing. I stood out here in front of you all I was really was just a kid. I went out and I didn’t think I’d ever be back here but I am because of so many of you who are out here tonight. Because of the academy, because so many people who extended themselves to me when they had nothing to benefit from me in Hollywood… You have to work harder thank you think you can possibly think you can… It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life because that’s going to happen. All that matters is that you’ve got to get up.” – Ben Affleck

Here’s the list of nominees for this year’s Best Picture along with the winner highlighted in bold.

Best Motion Picture Of The Year

  • “Amour”
  • “Argo”
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “Les Misérables”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”

Do you think the Academy selected the right movie for Best Picture? Why or why Not?