Daniel Day-Lewis triumphed in the Best Actor category for the third time at the 2013 Academy Awards hosted by Seth MacFarlane, with Jennifer Lawrence honoured as Best Actress.
The Lincoln star, who depicted American President Abraham Lincoln in director Steven Spielberg’s historical drama, was elated to be acknowledged again for his acting ability.
He gave a speech that tickled funny bones throughout when he stepped onstage after being presented with his award by Meryl Streep, who portrayed a famous British prime minister in 2011 biographical drama The Iron Lady.
“I really don’t know how any of this happened, I do know that I’ve received so much more of my fair share of good fortune in my life and I’m so grateful to the Academy for this beautiful honour. It’s a strange thing because three years ago… I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher,” he joked as the audience exploded with laughter.
“And Meryl was Steven’s first choice for Lincoln and I’d like to see that version. Steven didn’t have to persuade me to play Lincoln but I had to persuade him that perhaps if I was gonna do it then Lincoln shouldn’t be a musical.”
Although being snubbed in the Best Director category, Ben Affleck’s Argo was victorious as Best Picture of the year.
Les Misérables was also a big winner taking home three awards.
Anne Hathaway’s depiction of Fantine in the latest screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel won her the Best Supporting Actress trophy.
"Here is hoping that some day in the not too distant future, the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and not in real life. Thank you,” she said graciously after thanking the Academy, her husband, her cast, crew and the actresses she was competing against in the category.
Django Unchained was a clear winner too, with Christoph Waltz taking home the first award of the night for Best Supporting Actor and Quentin Tarantino picking up an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence was the Best Actress of the year for her depiction of mentally disturbed character Tiffany.
Seth MacFarlane put on a riotous opening act that combined modernity with retro Hollywood glamour.
The Ted director and comedian began the show with an opening monologue replete with risqué jokes.
"It's an honour to be hosting the Oscars. It's an honour that everyone else said no, from Whoopi Goldberg all the way down to [porn star] Ron Jeremy, before it found its way to me,” he joked.
Alluding to the slavery combatted in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Seth joked, "If you bumped into Don Cheadle on the studio lot, would you try to free him?"
He didn’t stop there, referring to director Quentin Tarantino’s brutal American slavery feature Django Unchained as a romantic affair for one controversial Hollywood couple.
“This is a story about man fighting to get back his woman who has been subjected to unthinkable violence, or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it - a date movie," Seth quipped. "That's as bad as it gets, if it makes you feel better. It's really not as bad as it gets."
Seth was joined onstage via a giant screen by William Shatner as his classic Star Trek character Captain Kirk.
William revealed future headlines about Seth’s foul performance that the host then attempted to improve through various dance numbers and comedic sequences.
Charlize Theron performed a graceful ballroom routine with actor Channing Tatum after Seth sang a song about actresses’ “boobs” in films complete with dapper backing dancers.
Seth’s Frank Sinatra theme was then taken on by actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe, who joined the stage with the host to perform their rendition of a classic Hollywood standard.
2013 Academy Awards winners list:
Best picture: Argo
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 Misérables
Best director: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Best original screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best adapted screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo
Best animated feature film: Brave
Best cinematography: Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
Best costume design: Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Best documentary feature: Searching for Sugar Man
Best documentary short subject: Inocente, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Best film editing: Argo, William Goldenberg
Best foreign film: Amour, Austria
Best makeup and hairstyling: Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Best original score: Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Best original song: Skyfall from Skyfall, Music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Best production design: Lincoln, Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson
Best animated short film: Paperman, John Kahrs
Best live action short film: Curfew, Shawn Christensen
Best sound editing: (tie) Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers & Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson
Best sound mixing: Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Best visual effects: Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
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