'Argo', Ben Affleck's fact-based thriller about the Iranian hostage crisis, rode to victory at the 85th Academy Awards, taking the crowning best picture Oscar to complete a night of triumph. The film was the bookies' favourite going into the event, having already been named best film at the Baftas and best drama at the Golden Globes.
Best Actor winner Daniel Day-Lewis accepts the trophy onstage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor Oscar on Sunday for playing U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in "Lincoln," becoming the first man to win the trophy three times.
Day-Lewis, 55, was favorite to win the Academy Award for his quiet, intense performance as one of America's most respected presidents as he battled to end slavery and the U.S. Civil War.
Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence receives her Oscar from the actor Jean Dujardin onstage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
Jennifer Lawrence won the 2013 Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in "Silver Linings Playbook," marking her first win and second nomination.
Lawrence beat Naomi Watts of "The Impossible," Jessica Chastain of "Zero Dark Thirty," Quvenhane Wallis, the 9-year-old star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Amour" actress" Emmanuelle Riva, who celebrated her 86th birthday on the day of the show.
Ang Lee holds the trophy for Best Director in the press room during the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
Ang Lee sprung a surprise at the 85th Academy Awards, picking up the best director Oscar ahead of the heavily tipped Steven Spielberg.
The Taiwanese-born Lee won for his acclaimed adaptation of Yann Martel's Life of Pi, a 3D spiritual fable about a boy who is stranded at sea with an untamed Bengal tiger.
It is the second best director Oscar for Lee, who previously won for his 2005 romance Brokeback Mountain. His other films include The Ice Storm, Sense and Sensibility and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Quentin Tarantino holds the trophy for Best Original Screenplay in the press room during the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
Quentin Tarantino completed a clean sweep of the major awards by walking off with the best original screenplay Oscar for 'Django Unchained' at the 85th Academy Awards in LA, following his triumphs in the same categories at the Golden Globes and Baftas.
Chris Terrio wins the best adapted screenplay Oscar for 'Argo' at the 85th Academy Awards in LA, defeating a strong field that included Tony Kushner for Lincoln and David O Russell for 'Silver Linings Playbook'.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards featured a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise, but Adele’s performance of her hit “Skyfall” ended up being an even better salute!
Singer Adele performs onstage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
She then went on to win the best original song for 'Skyfall'.
The British singer looked and sounded great and once again owned an award show stage with her James Bond tune at the Oscars on Feb. 24. Even on a night meant for actors and actresses, Adele somehow has the biggest night of all!
Dressed in a stunning sparkling dress and backed by a full orchestra, the British singer killed her performance and reminded us of why we thought “Skyfall” was the perfect James Bond song in the first place.
Ang Lee's 'Life of Pi', about a shipwrecked Indian boy, registered early wins at the 85th Academy awards by taking home the trophies for the Best Original Score, Cinematography and Visual Effects.
Music director Mychael Danna won an Oscar in the Best Original Score category for his work in 'Life Of Pi'.
'Les Miserables' stars Hugh Jackman, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway performed a special tribute honouring musical movies created in the last decade, alongside co-stars Eddie Redmayne and Helena Bonham Carter. They sung "Suddenly" from the movie.
Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway addresses the audience onstage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
After the incredible live performance during the Academy Awards, Anne Hathaway wins best supporting actress Oscar for role as warbling prostitute in 'Les Miserables'.
Hathaway's anguished rendition of the song 'I Dreamed a Dream' provided the film with its main emotional wallop.
Benjamin Affleck's 'Argo' starts the Oscar nigth winning Best Film Editing award.
"Amour" by Austrian director Michael Haneke won the best foreign language film prize at the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, to go with its many other prizes.
The French-language film, which tells the story of an aging couple coping with the wife's ailing health, beat fellow nominees "Kon-Tiki" from Norway, "No" from Chile, "A Royal Affair" from Denmark, and "War Witch" from Canada.
"Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall" win for Sound Editing, "Les Miserables" wins for Sound Mixing.
Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz accepts the trophy onstage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (AFP)
Christoph Waltz takes home the first award of the 85th Academy Awards 2013. Waltz has won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role in Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'.
Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy announces the Best Animated Short Film. The winner is 'Paperman'!
Rudd and McCarthy stay for for Best Animated Feature Film. The winner is Brave! Another upset.
Partial list of the 85th annual Academy Award winners announced Sunday in Los Angeles:
1. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained."
2. Animated Short Film: "Paperman."
3. Animated Feature Film: "Brave."
4. Cinematography: "Life of Pi."
5. Visual Effects: "Life of Pi."
6. Costume: "Anna Karenina."
7. Makeup and Hairstyling: "Les Miserables."
8. Live Action Short Film: "Curfew."
9. Documentary (short subject): "Inocente."
10. Documentary Feature: "Searching for Sugar Man."
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