Oscars 2013: Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence Win Acting Honors
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.
He beat out a list of formidable contenders to capture the honor, including Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln") and David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook").
Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence won top acting prizes at the ceremony. Day-Lewis became the first person to ever win three Best Actor prizes, picking up his latest statue for channeling Abraham Lincoln in "Lincoln."
"Three years ago before we decided to do a straight swap, I'd actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher," Day-Lewis joked, after accepting his award from Meryl Streep, who won the Best Actress prize last year for "The Iron Lady."
Lawrence earned a Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a grieving widow in "Silver Linings Playbook." The visibly stunned actress thanked her fellow actresses, pausing to wish fellow nominee Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour") a happy birthday.
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 Riva, two legends of foreign language cinema, saying that he never would have been on the stage had it not been for their performances.