Pure drama on a night of triumphs ... and slip-ups
While Daniel Day-Lewis undoubtedly stole the show, his female counterpart Jennifer Lawrence – who won best actress Oscar – almost managed to upstage the record-breaking actor.
Lawrence, who stumbled on her way to the stage to pick up her gong for Silver Linings Playbook, said: "You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell over and that's embarrassing.
"This is nuts."
The other big winners at the Oscars were Anne Hathaway, named best supporting actress for her role in Les Miserables and Ben Affleck's Argo, which won best film.
Ang Lee was named best director for Life Of Pi, while Adele triumphed in the best original song category for Bond theme Skyfall.
The Oscar for best original score went to Mychael Danna for Life Of Pi, the Oscar for adapted screenplay went to Chris Terrio for Argo before the nominees for best film were introduced by First Lady Michelle Obama from the White House.
There were also wins for Quentin Tarantino's western Django Unchained with Christoph Waltz named best supporting actor, while Tarantino picked up the Oscar for original screenplay, telling his fellow writers: "You guys are so wonderful. Peace out."
The award for best animated short film went to Disney's Paperman, meaning National Film and Television School students Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly missed out on an Oscar.
The Oscar for animated feature film went to Brave – a cartoon set in the Scottish Highlands.