HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Actor Daniel Day-Lewis made history Sunday evening becoming the first man to win three Best Actor Oscars.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence literally fell to her knees after her name was announced as Best Actress for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook”.
The excited actress tripped on her dress. Unfazed and unhurt, she said: “You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell.”
Day-Lewis quipped that Steven Spielberg had to talk him into playing Lincoln but “Meryl [Streep] was Steven’s first choice.”
Austrian-German actor Christoph Waltz won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s slavery-era drama “Django Unchained.”
Waltz, who also won a Golden Globe for his “Django” work, emerged victorious from a highly competitive field of candidates that included Screen Actors Guild Award winner Tommy Lee Jones of “Lincoln”, Robert De Niro of “Silver Linings Playbook”, Alan Arkin of “Argo” and Philip Seymour Hoffman of “The Master’.
“We participated in a hero’s journey, the hero here being Quentin,” Waltz said while accepting the award at the 85th annual Academy Awards. “You scaled the mountain because you’re not afraid of it. You slay the dragon because you’re not afraid of it and you cross through fire because it’s worth it. I borrowed my character’s words. I’m sorry I couldn’t resist.”
To the surprise of no one, Anne Hathaway won for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the doomed prostitute in “Les Miserables”.
As expected, the Austrian import “Amour” won Best Foreign Language Film.
The visually rich “Life of Pi” took home a pair of early technical honors, namely Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography. Later in the evening, director Ang Lee’s sweeping fantasy also won for Best Score.
“Pi” and Lee also beat out Steven Spielberg as Best Director. Many industry insiders picked Spielberg to win for the presidential opus “Lincoln.”
Another surprise moment occurred when presenter Jack Nicholson introduced First Lady Michelle Obama — appearing live from the White House — to thank the Hollywood community for their work inspiring the young people of America. She turned the mic back over to Nicholson to introduce the Best Picture nominees.
Obama then announced “Argo” as the winner of Best Picture.
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