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“Argo” reigns at SAG Awards and Producers Guild Awards

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At this point, if any film other than “Argo” wins Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards it will be a major shock. The Ben Affleck movie has now come out on top at the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild Awards after already winning top honors at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.

Other surprises at the shows were Jennifer Lawrence beating Jessica Chastain for Best Actress in a Motion Picture at the SAG Awards and “Wreck-It Ralph” winning Best Animated Feature at the PGAs. We’d be perfectly happy if both of those things happened at the Oscars too.

You can read the full winners lists for both shows below:

Producers Guild Awards

Best Picture – “Argo”

Best Drama Series – “Homeland”

Best Documentary Feature – “Searching For Sugar Man”

Best Reality Series – “American Masters”

Best Animated Feature – “Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Long-Form Television – “Game Change”

Best Comedy Series – “Modern Family”

Best Live Entertainment & Talk Show Television – “The Colbert Report”

Best Reality Competition Series – “The Amazing Race”

Best Sports Program – “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”

Best Children’s Program – “Sesame Street”

Best Digital Series – “30 Rock: The Webisodes”

SAG Awards

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture – “Argo”

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role – Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role – Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actors In A Supporting Role – Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries -Julianne Moore, “Game Change”

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actors In A Television Movie Or Miniseries – Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series – “Downton Abbey”

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series – Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series – Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series – “Modern Family”

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series – Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series – Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture – “Skyfall”

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series – “Game of Thrones”

Do you agree with these winners? Would you like to see “Argo” win Best Picture at the Oscars? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Golden Globes 2013: Ben Affleck and “Argo” reigned supreme

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Ben Affleck, it’s time to tell the Academy to “Argo” f–k themselves. Just like at the Critics’ Choice Awards, Affleck and “Argo” came out the top winners at the Golden Globes. The film won Best Picture and he won Best Director, which must sting a bit since Affleck didn’t even get nominated in the Best Director category during the 2013 Academy Awards.

Beyond that, the Globes stuck with the list of award winners that we can likely expect to last through the rest of awards season. Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor in a Drama for “Lincoln” and Jessica Chastain won Best Actress in a Drama for “Zero Dark Thirty,” while on the flip side Hugh Jackman won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for “Les Miserables” and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for “Silver Linings Playbook.” Adele won Best Song for “Skyfall,” Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for “Les Miserables” and Quentin Tarantino won Best Screenplay for “Django Unchained.”

Here is the full list of winners, in both film and television:

MOVIES

Best Drama

“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Musical/Comedy

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Moonrise Kindgom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Director

Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Best Actress in a Drama

Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”

Best Actor in a Drama

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy

Jack Black, “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on Hudson”

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Judi Dench, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Maggie Smith, “Quartet”
Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs”

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, “The Master”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”

Best Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Best Screenplay

Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
David O’Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Chris Terrio, “Argo”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Amour”
“A Royal Affair”
“The Intouchables”
“Kon-Tiki”
“Rust and Bone”

Best Animated Feature

“Rise of the Guardians”
“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Original Song

“For You,” music and lyrics by Monty Powell, Keith Urban (“Act of Valor”)
“Not Running Anymore,” music and lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi (“Stand Up Guys”)
“Safe & Sound,” music and lyrics by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T Bone Burnett (“The Hunger Games”)
“Skyfall,” music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth (“Skyfall”)
“Suddenly,” music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil (“Les Miserables”)

Best Original Score

Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”
Alexandre Desplat, “Argo”
Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina”
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil, “Cloud Atlas”
John Williams, “Lincoln”

Cecil B. DeMille Award

Jodie Foster

TELEVISION

Best TV Comedy or Musical

“The Big Bang Theory”
“Episodes”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“Smash”

Best TV Drama

“Breaking Bad”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Downton Abbey”
“Homeland”
“The Newsroom”

Best Actress in a TV Drama

Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Best Actor in a TV Drama

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Best Actress in a TV Comedy

Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Actor in a TV Comedy

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Best Miniseries or TV Movie

“Game Change”
“The Girl”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“The Hour”
“Political Animals”

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Sienna Miller, “The Girl”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock (Masterpiece)”
Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie

Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Maggie Smith, “Downtown Abbey: Season 2″
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Miniseries or TV Movie

Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Danny Huston, “Magic City”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

What do you think of the full winners list? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Argo” and Ben Affleck are top winners at Critics’ Choice Awards

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Ben Affleck likely feels a little bit justified right now. After being snubbed by the Academy, he walked home with the Best Director Critics’ Choice Movie Award and “Argo” won Best Picture.

“I would like to thank the Academy. I’m kidding, I’m kidding. This is the one that counts,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Also a big winner was “Silver Linings Playbook,” which took home four awards including Best Ensemble, Best Comedy Movie and Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy. Here is the full winners list:

BEST PICTURE
“Argo”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Django Unchained”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“The Master”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
Quvenzhane Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Javier Bardem – “Skyfall”
Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Matthew McConaughey – “Magic Mike”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams – “The Master”
Judi Dench – “Skyfall”
Ann Dowd – “Compliance”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Elle Fanning – “Ginger & Rosa”
Kara Hayward – “Moonrise Kingdom”
Tom Holland – “The Impossible”
Logan Lerman – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Suraj Sharma – “Life of Pi”
Quvenzhane Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
“Argo”
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Miserables”
“Lincoln”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck – “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Tom Hooper – “Les Miserables”
Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”
John Gatins – “Flight”
Rian Johnson – “Looper”
Paul Thomas Anderson – “The Master”
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – “Moonrise Kingdom”
Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio – “Argo”
Tony Kushner – “Lincoln”
David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
David Magee – “Life of Pi”
Stephen Chbosky – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Life of Pi” – Claudio Miranda
“Lincoln” – Janusz Kaminski
“Les Miserables” – Danny Cohen
“The Master” – Mihai Malaimare Jr.
“Skyfall” – Roger Deakins

BEST ART DIRECTION
“Anna Karenina” – Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer, Katie Spencer/Set Decorator
“The Hobbit” – Dan Hennah/Production Designer, Ra Vincent & Simon Bright/Set Decorators
“Les Miserables” – Eve Stewart/Production Designer, Anna Lynch-Robinson/Set Decorator
“Life of Pi” – David Gropman/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
“Lincoln” – Rick Carter/Production Designer, Jim Erickson/Set Decorator

BEST EDITING
“Argo” – William Goldenberg
“Les Miserables” – Melanie Ann Oliver, Chris Dickens
“Life of Pi” – Tim Squyres
“Lincoln” – Michael Kahn
“Zero Dark Thirty” – William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“Anna Karenina” – Jacqueline Durran
“Cloud Atlas” – Kym Barrett, Pierre-Yves Gayraud
“The Hobbit” – Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor
“Les Miserables” – Paco Delgado
“Lincoln” – Joanna Johnston

BEST MAKEUP
“Cloud Atlas”
“The Hobbit”
“Les Miserables”
“Lincoln”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“The Avengers”
“Cloud Atlas”
“The Dark Knight Rises”
“The Hobbit”
“Life of Pi”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“Madagascar 3″
“ParaNorman”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

BEST ACTION MOVIE
“The Avengers”
“The Dark Knight Rises”
“Looper”
“Skyfall”

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Christian Bale – “The Dark Knight Rises”
Daniel Craig – “Skyfall”
Robert Downey Jr. – “The Avengers”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Looper”
Jake Gyllenhaal – “End of Watch”

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt – “Looper”
Gina Carano – “Haywire”
Judi Dench – “Skyfall”
Anne Hathaway – “The Dark Knight Rises”
Jennifer Lawrence – “The Hunger Games”

BEST COMEDY
“Bernie”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Ted”
“This Is 40″
“21 Jump Street”

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jack Black – “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Paul Rudd – “This Is 40″
Channing Tatum – “21 Jump Street”
Mark Wahlberg – “Ted”

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mila Kunis – “Ted”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Shirley MacLaine – “Bernie”
Leslie Mann – “This Is 40″
Rebel Wilson – “Pitch Perfect”

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
“Cabin in the Woods”
“Looper”
“Prometheus”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Amour”
“The Intouchables”
“A Royal Affair”
“Rust and Bone”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Bully”
“The Imposter”
“Queen of Versailles”
“Searching for Sugar Man”
“The Central Park Five”
“West of Memphis”

BEST SONG
“For You” – performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban – “Actor of Valor”
“Skyfall” – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – “Skyfall”
“Still Alive” – performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams – Paul Williams “Still Alive”
“Suddenly” – Performed by Hugh Jackman / Music by Claude Michel Schonberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil – “Les Miserables”
“Learn Me Right” – performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – “Brave”

BEST SCORE
“Argo” – Alexandre Desplat
“Life of Pi” – Mychael Danna
“Lincoln” – John Williams
“The Master” – Jonny Greenwood
“Moonrise Kingdom” – Alexandre Desplat

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