Oscars 2013: Ang Lee Wins Best Director
Oscars 2013: 'Argo' Wins Best Picture, Ang Lee Wins Best Director
Ang Lee's groundbreaking use of 3D in "Life of Pi" scored the Taiwanese director his second Academy Award on Sunday.
Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz won supporting actor honors at the ceremony.
Hathaway earned her statue for playing Fantine, a poverty-stricken mother forced into prostitution in "Les Miserables," while Waltz won the Best Supporting Actor statue for his performance as a charming bounty hunter in "Django Unchained."
"It came true," Hathaway said, while clasping her statue.
She went on to say that she hoped that one day the hardships of characters like Fantine would only be found in stories.
In his speech, Waltz thanked his director Quentin Tarantino and fellow nominees. It is the second Oscar for Waltz, who previously earned a statue for his performance as a Nazi officer in "Inglorious Bastards," which was also written and directed by Tarantino.
"I was on a list with the greatest actors around," Waltz said backstage in the press room. "How do you think someone feels when all of a sudden his name is called in that context?"
"Amour" captured Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars on Sunday.
The French-language film from Austrian director Michael Haneke depicts an elderly couple struggling to cope with the ravages of old age.
In his speech, Haneke thanked stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, two legends of foreign language cinema, saying that he never would have been on the stage had it not been for their performances.
Adele now has an Oscar to go along with her trophy case full of Grammys. The British chanteuse earned an Academy Award for her sultry theme song to "Skyfall," which is the first James Bond movie to earn a Best Song Oscar, despite decades of memorable movie music from everyone from Paul McCartney to Carly Simon.
Chris Terrio earned an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Argo," for his work bringing the true story of the daring C.I.A. mission to extract several U.S. diplomats from Iran; while Tarantino won his second Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his antebellum revenge fantasy "Django Unchained."
"I have to cast the right people to make those characters come alive...and boy this time did I do it," Tarantino said, while thanking his cast.
Seth MacFarlane kicked off the 85th Academy Awards by saying that he only got the hosting gig after everyone from Whoopi Goldberg to Ron Jeremy refused the job.
"And the quest to make Tommy Lee Jones laugh begins now," MacFarlane said.
The "Family Guy" creator sent up Hollywood self-aggrandizement, poking fun at the Academy's failure to nominate Ben Affleck and Jean Dujardin's limited English language skills (joking that "The Artist" star couldn't make it in talkies).