Ben Affleckâ??s "Argo" won the Academy Award for best picture.
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.
Daniel Day-Lewis 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 and he's been nominated five times. Day-Lewis spent a year preparing for "Lincoln," and, in his customary method, remained in character during the production.
Jennifer Lawrence won 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 nominated for "Winter's Bone" in 2011.
Christoph Waltz won best supporting actor for his performance 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."
Anne Hathaway won best supporting actor 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. It's Hathaway's first Oscar, although she was previously nominated in 2008 for "Rachel Getting Married."
Ang Lee 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.
Pixar's Scottish adventure "Brave" 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" was Pixar's first film with a female protagonist.
"Brave" managed to win over Walt Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph," which many expected to take the award. Either way was a victory for Disney, which bought Pixar in 2006.
"Searching for Sugar Man," the heartwarming chronicle of a forgotten musician's rediscovery, won best documentary. It 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.
Adele's "Skyfall" won 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.
Full list of
1. Best Picture: "Argo."
2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln."
3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook."
4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained."
5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables."
6. Directing: Ang Lee, "Life of Pi."
7. Foreign Language Film: "Amour."
8. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo."
9. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained."
10. Animated Feature Film: "Brave."
11. Production Design: "Lincoln."
12. Cinematography: "Life of Pi."
13. Sound Mixing: "Les Miserables."
14. Sound Editing (tie): "Skyfall," ''Zero Dark Thirty."
15. Original Score: "Life of Pi," Mychael Danna.
16. Original Song: "Skyfall" from "Skyfall," Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.
17. Costume: "Anna Karenina."
18. Documentary Feature: "Searching for Sugar Man."
19. Documentary (short subject): "Inocente."
20. Film Editing: "Argo."
21. Makeup and Hairstyling: "Les Miserables."
22. Animated Short Film: "Paperman."
23. Live Action Short Film: "Curfew."
24. Visual Effects: "Life of Pi."