And the winner was…

Ben Conniff and Ryan Pait

Ben’s correct guesses: 6 out of 10

Ryan’s correct guesses: 7 out of 10

The biggest surprises of the night:

In the first of a few surprises from Sunday’s 85th annual Academy Awards, Christoph Waltz took home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance as Dr. King Schultz in “Django Unchained.” Despite this being the most truly scattershot category of the night, most pundits believed Tommy Lee Jones would be the winner for his performance in “Lincoln.” — Ben Conniff

Ang Lee takes home Best Director prize

Ang Lee, director of “Life of Pi,” proved Sunday that to the underdog sometimes go the spoils. His stiffest competition came in the form of Steven Spielberg, who, for a while, looked as if he had this prize in the bag with Ben Affleck out of the way. But I’m glad the Academy decided to reward Lee for his valiant and unprecedented efforts in bringing Yann Martel’s seemingly “unfilmable” novel to the big screen. — Ben Conniff

“Argo” actually pulls it off

In what really should come as no surprise, “Argo” pulled through to take the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year. It didn’t look like much of a race after “Argo” racked up “Best Movie” wins at the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes, BAFTA and even earned a SAG award for its excellent acting performances. — Ben Conniff

Seth MacFarlane nails it

When the announcement first arrived over a month ago, I was ecstatic to hear that Seth MacFarlane, creator of “Family Guy,” would be hosting this year’s proceedings.

I’ve always admired the guy for his sharp sense of humor and for the entertainment value that follows him everywhere he goes. A hilarious opening repertoire with William Shatner, singing, dancing and some of MacFarlane’s scathing humor made this Oscars show feel like old-fashioned Hollywood. I’ll take him as host over Billy Crystal, Anne Hathaway or James Franco any day. — Ben Conniff

Jennifer Lawrence actually wins Best Actress after being the frontrunner

Lawrence has been a frontrunner in this category from the beginning, but seemed threatened by Emmanuelle Riva of “Amour” and Jessica Chastain of “Zero Dark Thirty” during various points in the race. Best Actress was a very tough category this year, but Lawrence was actually able to sustain all of her pre-Oscars buzz all the way up to her win on the Oscars stage. She may have literally tripped on her way up, but Lawrence came out looking like a winner. — Ryan Pait

“Brave” upsets “Wreck-It Ralph” in Best Animated Feature

I have never been happier about being wrong. Despite what my heart (and brain) told me, I begrudgingly predicted that the ultimately forgettable “Wreck-It Ralph” would win, because it seemed like a surefire winner. “Brave” was my favorite animated film of 2012, and it definitely deserved the win last night. I love being wrong. — Ryan Pait

“Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall” tie for Best Sound Editing

According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’s online database, this is only the sixth time that there’s been a tie over an Oscar statuette. The last time was in 1994, and perhaps the most famous time was when Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tied for Lead Actress in 1968. And if any category deserved a tie, it was this one: both “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall” had impeccable sound editing. The military operations and explosions in “Zero Dark Thirty” were amazingly realistic, and the train and subway sequences in “Skyfall” are worthy on their own. Good call, academy. — Ryan Pait