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The Oscars 2013: winners and losers

Daniel Day Lewis made cinema history last night as he became the first person ever to win three Oscars for Best Actor. In a night where Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln did less well than many had predicted, Day Lewis was triumphant. His extraordinary performance as the mercurial president was again infused by his insistence on remaining in character off camera – a practice he jokingly referred to in his acceptance speech.

Best Film went to Argo – a surprisingly nuanced American foray into the Middle East. Argo took home three awards in all, although Ben Affleck controversially did not even make the nominations for Best Director. Affleck also tactfully included ‘friends in Iran’ in his acceptance speech as well as the usual suspects (family, fellow nominees etc) after being presented with the crowning award by Jack Nicholson on stage and Michelle Obama via video link.

Best Director went to Ang Lee for Life of Pi – the film that came out of this years’ Academy Awards clutching the most gongs.

Adele stormed home to win Best Original Song for Skyfall, while the surprise of the night was the award of Best Actress to Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook – beating out widely tipped Emmanuelle Riva who was celebrating her 86th birthday.

Les Miserables won three awards including Anne Hathaway as Best Supporting actress in a night where no one film swept the board. Quentin Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay for Django Unchained which also saw a Best Supporting Actor win for Christoph Waltz.

Scotland got a nod from the Academy as Brave won Best Animation, while Best Foreign Film was predictably won by Amour and Searching for Sugar Man won Best Documentary.

It was a lavish night – peppered with more performances than usual – including the likes of Barbara Streisand, Catherine Zeta Jones,the cast of Les Mis and Shirley Bassey who belted out a Goldfinger tribute to 50 years of Bond. Alas host Seth Macfarlane was widely seen as a flop – sadly sacrificing edgy controversy for pedestrian puerility.

Ultimately though– this was Daniel Day Lewis’ night, as his legendary commitment to character immersion and method acting saw him hit the history books in style and to universal acclaim.

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