27 February 2013

Nigeria: Oscars 2013 - Daniel Day-Lewis Makes History With 'Lincoln'

It was music music and music at the 85th Oscars on Sunday night as celebrities from around the world gathered in a glamorous atmosphere at this year's Oscars as Daniel Day-Lewis' triumphed making him the first man to win three best actor Oscars in hollywood history. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM monitored the oscars and brings you the winners.

Daniel Day-Lewis made history by becoming the first person to win the best actor prize three times.

The British-born star, who had been the runaway favourite, was rewarded for his role in Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln'. Speaking as he accepted his award, he said: "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.

Though Ben Affleck's Iran-set rescue thriller 'Argo', missed out in other categories, Michele Obama announced the winner in a life broadcast from the White House and he won the 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 is the first best picture winner not to have a concurrent nomination for best director since 1989's Driving Miss Daisy.

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.

Referring to his previous Oscar success with 1997's 'Good Will Hunting', he said: "I never thought I would be back here and I am because of so many of you who are here tonight".

He added: "It doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life, all that matters is that you get up".

The Oscar victory for Daniel Day-Lewis puts him ahead of Hollywood legends Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman and Tom Hanks - who all have two best actor wins to their name.

Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for best actress for her role as a troubled young widow in Silver Linings Playbook. The 22-year-old actress, who stumbled over her dress on her way to the stage, joked: "You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell over and that's embarrassing."

Surveying the huge audience in the Dolby Theatre, she added: "This is nuts."

It was the first Oscar win for Lawrence, who was previously nominated for best actress in 2011 for her performance in Winter's Bone.

British singer, Adele won the Oscar for best original song for her Bond theme Skyfall.

She struggled through tears to thank the Bond producers and her co-writer, Paul Epworth, who collected the award alongside her.

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 Taiwanese-born director, who won previously for Brokeback Mountain (2006), said: "Thank you movie god! I need to share this with all 3,000 who worked with me on Life of Pi."

Life of Pi picked up two Oscars in the early stages of the awards for cinematography and visual effects.

Cinematographer, Claudio Miranda, admitted in an emotional acceptance speech: "This movie was quite a beast to make." Later, Mychael Danna picked up the statuette for Life of Pi's original score.

During the section of the show that pays tribute to those who died in 2012, Barbra Streisand sang the late Marvin Hamlisch's, The Way We Were, from the 1973 romantic drama in which she starred with Robert Redford. It was Streisand's first Oscars performance for 36 years.

These are some of the big winners of the night:

1. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz

2. Animated Short Film: "Paper Man"

3. Animated Feature Film: "Brave"

4. Cinematography: Claudio Miranda for "Life of Pi"

5. Visual Effects: "Life of Pi"

6. Costume Design: "Anna Karenina"

7. Makeup and Hairstyling: "Les Miserables"

8. Live Action Short Film: "Curfew"

9. Documentary Short Subject: "Innocente"

10. Documentary Feature: "Searching for Sugar Man"

11. Foreign Language Film: "Amour"

12. Sound Mixing: "Les Miserables

13. Sound Editing: "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall" (A tie)

14. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway

15. Film Editing: "Argo"

16. Production Design: "Lincoln"

17. Original Score: "Life of Pi"

18. Original Song: "Skyfall"

19. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio for "Argo"

20. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantion for "Django Unchained"

21. Directing: Ang Lee

22. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

23. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis

24. Best Picture: "Argo"

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