Big wins at the Oscars
Posted: 25 February 2013 1331 hrs
LOS ANGELES: Hollywood held no surprises when naming its big winners at the 85th Academy Awards.
Best director award went to Taiwanese-born Lee Ang, who was the first Asian ever to win an Oscar for directing when he received the award in 2006 for "Brokeback Mountain".
Seven years later he has done it again with 3D fantasy "Life of Pi", besting strong contenders such as Steven Spielberg.
"Thank you, movie god," Lee told the audience after accepting his award. "I need to thank Yann Martel for writing this incredibly inspiring book."
Lee's movie however lost out in the best picture category.
Ben Affleck's Iran hostage drama "Argo" took home the Oscar for best picture instead, beating eight rivals for the top prize: "Amour", "Beasts of the Southern Wild", "Django Unchained", "Les Miserables", "Life of Pi", "Lincoln", "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty".
"I want to thank Canada. I want to thank our friends in Iran, who live under terrible circumstances," said Affleck, a co-producer of the film, speaking at top speed in the very last minutes of the live prime-time Oscar broadcast.
"Argo" recounts how a group of US diplomats who took refuge in the Canadian embassy in Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis were spirited out of the Islamic republic as members of a bogus movie crew.
Daniel Day-Lewis won a record third best actor Oscar for his uncanny performance as the 16th US president in "Lincoln", confirming his status as one of the finest actors of his generation.
Jennifer Lawrence won the first Oscar of her career in the best actress category for her performance as a headstrong young widow in "Silver Linings Playbook,"
The 22-year-old beat competition such as "dark horse" Jessica Chastain and 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, who is the youngest nominee.
"You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell. This is nuts!" Lawrence said about the standing ovation she received after she tripped on her way up onto the stage to collect her award.
British songstress Adele won best original song for the 007 movie theme song "Skyfall", which she sang on stage earlier in the show in a segment paying tribute to the 50th anniversary of James Bond movies.
The 24-year-old Adele managed to say "This is amazing" before breaking down early in her thank-you speech and shouting "You're all amazing as well!" to the audience as she left the stage.
Jennifer Lawrence stumbles as she walks on stage to accept the award for best actress in a leading role for "Silver Linings Playbook" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Yea, he did it again. Pride of his country. our local director jack neo is no where near ...............
He has substance ............................
JN only good in his own country la.