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Argo takes Best Picture Oscar, Lee Ang Best Director

Published on Feb 25, 2013 1:27 PM
Argo director Ben Affleck accepts the Oscar for Best Picture onstage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Feb 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP, AP, Reuters) - Ben Affleck's Iran hostage drama Argo on Sunday took home the Oscar for Best Picture, in a unique presentation done by Jack Nicholson in Hollywood and First Lady Michelle Obama by videolink.

On Nicholson's cue, Obama - in a glittering silvery gown as stunning as any worn by the stars inside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood - opened the envelope at the White House and declared Argo the winner.

"I want to thank Canada. I want to thank our friends in Iran, who live under terrible circumstances," said Affleck, a director and producer of the film, speaking at top speed in the very last minutes of the live prime-time Oscar broadcast.

It is 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 honours from the directors, producers, screen actors and writers guilds.

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- Best picture: Argo

- Best director: Ang Lee, Life Of Pi

- Best leading actor: Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

- Best leading actress: Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

- Best supporting actor: Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained

- Best supporting actress: Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables 

- Best foreign language film: Amour (Love)

- Best animated feature: Brave

- Best original screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

- Best adapted screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo

- Best original score: Life of Pi

- Best original song: Skyfall, music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth

- Best production design: Lincoln

- Best cinematography: Life of Pi

- Best costume design: Anna Karenina

- Best documentary feature: Searching for Sugar Man

- Best documentary short: Inocente

- Best film editing: Argo

- Best makeup: Les Miserables

- Best short animated film: Paperman

- Best short live action film: Curfew

- Best sound editing: Zero Dark Thirty

- Best sound mixing: Les Miserables

- Best visual effects: Life of Pi