Actor-director Ben Affleck's 'Argo' has picked the Oscar for Best Picture, despite him being snubbed for the Best Director category.
Among the other eight nominees, Steven Spielberg’s 'Lincoln' was perceived as the biggest competition to 'Argo'. The other nominees were 'Life of Pi', 'Silver Linings Playbook', 'Zero Dark Thirty', 'Les Misérables', 'Amour', 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' and 'Django Unchained'.
In his acceptance speech, Affleck paid tribute to the "genius" Steven Spielberg, whose film 'Lincoln' lost out in the category. "I never thought I would be back here and I am because of so many of you who are here tonight," he said, referring to his success in 1997's 'Good Will Hunting'. 'Argo' also picked up statues for editing and adapted screenplay.
'Life of Pi' was another big winner during the ceremony as it claimed four awards, including the best director statue for Ang Lee.
Actor Daniel-Day Lewis became the first man ever to win the Best Actor award three times after his portrayal as President Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg's 'Lincoln. The award comes as no suprise for the British actor who is a shoo-in; he has already racked up a slew of awards like the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs for his uncanny portrayal of the American President.
Accepting his Oscar from Meryl Streep, Day-Lewis said: "I really don't know how any of this happened, I do know I've received more than my fair share of good fortune in my life."
This year's ceremony was hosted by 'Family Guy' creator Seth MacFarlane who started the show with a joke about Affleck failing to win a best director nomination, quipping that he was "unknown to the Academy".
Here is the list of winners:
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz, 'Django Unchained'
Best Animated Short Film: 'Paperman'
Best Animated Feature Film: 'Brave'
Achievement in Cinematography: 'Life of Pi', Claudio Miranda
Achievement in Visual Effects: 'Life of Pi'
Achievement in Costume Design: 'Anna Karenina', Jacqueline Durran
Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling: 'Les Misérables'
Best Live-Action Short Film: 'Curfew'
Best Documentary Short Subject: 'Inocente'
Best Documentary Feature: 'Searching for a Sugar Man'
Best Foreign-Language Film: 'Amour' (Austria)
Achievement in Sound Mixing: 'Les Misérables'
Achievement in Sound Editing: 'Zero Dark Thirty' & 'Skyfall'
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, 'Les Misérables'
Achievement in Film Editing: 'Argo'
Achievement in Production Direction: 'Lincoln'
Original Score: 'Life of Pi', Mychael Danna
Original Song: 'Skyfall', Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth; Skyfall
Adapted Screenplay: 'Argo', Chris Terrio
Original Screenplay: 'Django Unchained', Quentin Tarantino
Achievement in Directing: Ang Lee, 'Life of Pi'
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, 'Lincoln'
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Best Motion Picture: 'Argo'