Ang Lee won the Best Director award for “Life of Pi” at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. It is not the first time when the Taiwanese-born Ang Lee wins an Oscar. He was the first Asian director ever to take home a golden statue, in 2006, for directing the gay cowboy movie “Brokeback Mountain.”
Seven years later he won his second Oscar with 3D fantasy “Life of Pi.” “I really want to thank you for believing this story and sharing this incredible journey with me. Thank you, movie god,” Lee said after accepting his award.
“Argo” movie, directed by Ben Affleck, won the Best Picture award. The movie was nominated for Best Picture award along with “Amour”, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Django Unchained”, “Lincoln”, “Life of Pi”, “Silver Linings Playbook “, “Zero Dark Thirty”, and “Les Misérables”.
Affleck thanked to his film competitors. “There are eight great films that have every right, as much a right to be up here as we do,” he said.
Michelle Obama, present at the White House, appeared via satellite to announce the Best Picture award. The First Lady was introduced by Jack Nicholson.
Daniel Day-Lewis took home the Best Actor award for his role in “Lincoln,” while Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Lawrence, 22, was so excited that she tripped and fell while she was trying to walk up the steps to the stage.”You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell,” she said to the audience.
Christoph Waltz won the best supporting actor for his role in “Django Unchained.” It is the second time Waltz wins an Oscar from a Quentin Tarantino movie. He won the first golden statue in 2009, for “Inglorious Basterds”.
Anne Hathaway took home the award for best supporting actress for her role in “Les Miserables.”
“Skyfall” and “Zero Dark Thirty” both took home golden statues for best Sound Editing. It was a suprising tie, but it is not, however, the first one in the Academy Awards’ history. According to History.com, there were ties in 1943, 1949 and 1986.