The British-born star, who had been hotly tipped for the top prize, was rewarded for his portrayal of the title role in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln. ‘
“I really don’t know how any of this happened. I do know I’ve received much more than my fair share of good fortune in my life,” he said in his acceptance speech.
Daniel Day-Lewis, who holds UK-Irish citizenship, previously won best actor for My Left Foot (in 1990) and There Will Be Blood (2008) and has a reputation for immersing himself in his roles.
This year’s victory puts Day-Lewis ahead of Hollywood legends Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman and Tom Hanks – who all have two best actor wins to their names.
But Ben Affleck’s Iran-set rescue thriller ‘Argo’ beat ‘Lincoln’ to the top prize for best picture.
In a live broadcast from the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Jack Nicholson to help present the best picture prize at the end of the night.
‘Argo,’ directed by and starring Affleck, is the first best picture winner not to have also been nominated for best director since ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ won in 1989.
Oscars host Seth MacFarlane joked at the start of the ceremony: “Argo’s story is so top-secret that its director remains unknown to the Academy.”
Accepting his award alongside fellow producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Affleck paid tribute to the ‘genius’ Steven Spielberg, who lost out in the same category.
Jennifer Lawrence won best actress for her role as a troubled young widow in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. Stumbling over her dress on her way to the stage, she joked,
“You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell over and that’s embarrassing.” “This is nuts,” she said.
In the 2013 Oscars, ‘Life Of Pi’ took home most awards with four, including best director for Ang Lee. ‘Argo’ won three awards, including best film. ‘Les Miserables’ also won three awards, including best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway. Accepting her award, Hathaway said,
“Here’s hoping that someday in the not too distant future, the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and not in real life.”
‘Django Unchained,’ ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Skyfall’ all won two awards each.
British singer Adele won the Oscar for best original song for her Bond theme, ‘Skyfall,’ which she also performed during the show.
Struggling through tears to thank the Bond producers and her co-writer Paul Epworth, who collected the award alongside her, Adele said,
Ang Lee won his second Oscar for directing ‘Life of Pi,’ the adaption of Yann Martel’s fantasy novel about a boy stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. The film won four Oscars in total, more than any other film.
The Taiwanese-born director, who won previously for ‘Brokeback Mountain’ in 2006, exclaimed: “Thank you, movie god!”
Life of Pi also picked up Oscars for cinematography, original score and visual effects.
Christoph Waltz won his second Oscar for best supporting actor in a Quentin Tarantino film, this time for playing a German bounty hunter in the slave revenge story ‘Django Unchained.’ The Austrian actor won his first Oscar as a Nazi colonel in Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’ in 2010.
It was the first time since 2006 that the Oscars for best picture, director and four acting categories all went to different films. And in a remarkable Oscars’ ceremony that bucked many trends, unusually, there was a tie in the sound editing category – the Oscar was shared by ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘Skyfall.’
Here is a full list of recipients at the 2013 Oscars:
Best Film – Argo
Best Director – Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Best Foreign Language Film – Amour
Best Animated Film – Brave
Best Original Screenplay – Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
Best Adapted Screenplay – Argo (Chris Terrio)
Best Cinematography – Life of Pi (Claudio Miranda)
Best Sound Mixing – Les Miserables (Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes)
Best Sound Editing – (joint winners) Skyfall (Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers) and Zero Dark Thirty (Paul NJ Ottosson)
Best Original Song – Skyfall (Skyfall) – Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Best Original Score – Life Of Pi (Mychael Danna)
Best Costumes – Anna Karenina (Jacqueline Durran)
Best Documentary Film – Searching For Sugarman
Best Documentary Short – Inocente
Best Film Editing – Argo (William Goldenberg)
Best Animated Short Film – Paperman
Best Live Action Short Film – Curfew
Best Visual Effects – Life Of Pi (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R Elliott)
Best Makeup – Les Miserables (Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell)
Best Production Design – Lincoln (Rick Carter and Jim Erickson)