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"Argo" tops Oscar winners as Best Picture

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If Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Oscars, everyone should be so lucky. His Iran rescue thriller "Argo" has won best picture from the Academy Awards. It's the first best picture winner not to be nominated for best director since 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy."

But despite the omission of Affleck - or perhaps buoyed by it - "Argo" emerged as the Oscar favorite, winning top honors from the directors, producers, screen actors and writers guilds.

Affleck and fellow producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov accepted the award Sunday night.

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 Miserables," ''Amour," ''Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Django Unchained."

Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis has won the Academy Award for best actor for his exactingly authentic performance as President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's historical drama. He's the first to ever win the best actor Oscar three times.

He's been nominated five times, winning for "My Left Foot" in 1990 and "There Will Be Blood" in 2008. Day-Lewis spent a year preparing for "Lincoln," and, in his customary method, remained in character during the production.

His widely-expected Oscar win further cements his status as the most admired actor currently working.

The other nominees Sunday night were Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Hugh Jackman ("Les Miserables"), Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master") and Denzel Washington ("Flight").

Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence has won the Academy Award for best actress for her performance as a young widower in "Silver Linings Playbook."

It's the first Oscar for the 22-year-old Lawrence, who was also nominated for "Winter's Bone" in 2011. It's the first Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook" on the night. The actress tripped on her way to the stage, but by the time she got to the microphone, the Dolby Theatre crowd applauded her with a standing ovation.

The other nominees Sunday night were Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour"), Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"), Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Naomi Watts ("The Impossible").

Best Director

Ang Lee has won the Academy Award for best director for his "Life of Pi." It's the second Oscar for Lee, who won in 2005 for "Brokeback Mountain."

He was also nominated in 2000 for directing "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." He becomes only the 19th director to win the honor multiple times.

The other nominees Sunday night were Steve Spielberg ("Lincoln"), Michael Haneke ("Amour"), David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"). This year's directing category was one of the most controversial, as it left out Ben Affleck for "Argo" and Kathryn Bigelow for "Zero Dark Thirty."

Best Original Song

Adele's "Skyfall" has won the Academy Award for best original song, a first for a James Bond theme. While 007 themes have long been a beloved movie tradition, they've never before won an Oscar.

Three previous Bond tunes were nominated: "For Your Eyes Only," ''Nobody Does It Better," and "Live and Let Die."

The Oscar extends Adele's award show dominance, leaving only an Emmy eluding her of the major American awards. She accepted the Oscar with producer Paul Epworth, with whom she wrote the lyrics and composed the music.

Adele also performed "Skyfall" for the first time at the Sunday night ceremony.

The other nominees were "Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice"; "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted"; "Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi"; and "Suddenly" from "Les Miserables."

Best Supporting Actress

Anne Hathaway has won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her teary, show-stopping performance in "Les Miserables."

Hathaway famously cropped her hair on camera playing the gaunt Fantine, and her full-throated, one-take rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" was classic Oscar-winning stuff.

She was one of the night's most obvious shoo-ins, having swept the major awards leading up to the Oscars.

It's Hathaway's first Oscar.

She was previously nominated in 2008 for "Rachel Getting Married." The other nominees Sunday night were Amy Adams ("The Master"), Sally Field ("Lincoln"), Helen Hunt ("The Sessions") and Jacki Weaver ("Silver Linings Playbook").

Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz has won best supporting actor from the Academy Awards for his performance as a refined bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino's outlandish slavery epic "Django Unchained." It's the second time in three years Waltz has won the category.

He won the award in 2010 for his performance in Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," the role that catapulted the Austrian actor to Hollywood. The category's competition was particularly stiff.

All of the nominees were previous Oscar winners: Alan Arkin ("Argo"), Robert De Niro ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("The Master") and Tommy Lee Jones ("Lincoln"). Waltz was seen as an underdog to the more venerated Jones and De Niro.

Best Foreign Language Film

Michael Haneke's brutal depiction of an aging couple, "Amour," has won the Academy Award for best foreign language film. It's the second time an Austrian film has won the best foreign language film award, following "The Counterfeiters" in 2008. Though "Amour" was Austria's submission, it was a multinational production.

The film's German-born director is Austrian, but it's in French and stars two French film legends, Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant. They play a loving, elderly Parisian couple, one of whom has a stroke.

"Amour" won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and received a total of five Oscar nominations, including best picture.

The other nominees Sunday night were Norway's "Kon-Tiki," Chile's "No," Denmark's "A Royal Affair" and Canada's "War Witch."

Best Documentary

"Searching for Sugar Man," the heartwarming chronicle of a forgotten musician's rediscovery, has won the Academy Award for best documentary.

Directed by the Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, "Searching for Sugar Man" tells the story of the Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez who disappeared from public after releasing an album in the early '70s, but developed an unlikely cult following in South Africa.

The other nominees Sunday night were "5 Broken Cameras," ''The Gatekeepers," ''How to Survive a Plague" and "The Invisible War." The voting process for the documentary category underwent an overhaul this year intended to limit the nomination of obscure films, and ensure that a larger group of documentary filmmakers winnowed the nominees.

Best Animated Feature Film

Pixar's Scottish adventure "Brave" has won the Academy Award for best animated feature film. The win extends Pixar's domination of the category, marking its seventh win since the award was first handed out in 2002.

"Brave," Pixar's first film with a female protagonist, didn't garner the kind of critical or popular support that movies like "WALL-E" and "Up" did. But "Brave" still managed to win over Walt Disney's arcade game fantasy "Wreck-It Ralph," which many expected to take the award.

Either way was a victory for Disney, which bought Pixar in 2006.

The other nominees Sunday night were Tim Burton's Mary Shelley homage "Frankenweenie," the stop-motion ghost story "ParaNorman," and the stop-motion sea voyage "The Pirates! Band of Misfits."

The 85th Academy Awards are taking place in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with host Seth MacFarlane.

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