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Daniel Day-Lewis has made history at Oscars 2013 after becoming the first person to win the best actor prize three times.

British-born star Daniel Day-Lewis, who had been the runaway favorite, was rewarded for his role in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

“I really don’t know how any of this happened. I do know I’ve received much more than my fair share of good fortune in my life,” he said.

Ben Affleck’s Iran-set rescue thriller Argo won the prize for best picture.

In a live broadcast from the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Jack Nicholson to help present the best picture prize at the end of the night.

Argo is the first best picture winner not to have a concurrent nomination for best director since 1989’s Driving Miss Daisy.

But despite Ben Affleck’s omission from the best director category, the film had been widely-tipped to take the top prize.

Oscars host Seth MacFarlane joked at the start of the ceremony: “Argo’s story is so top-secret that its director remains unknown to the Academy.”

Accepting his award alongside fellow producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck paid tribute to the “genius” Steven Spielberg who lost out in the same category.

Referring to his previous Oscar success with 1997’s Good Will Hunting, he said: “I never thought I would be back here and I am because of so many of you who are here tonight.”

He added: “It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life, all that matters is that you get up.”

The Oscar victory for Daniel Day-Lewis puts him ahead of Hollywood legends Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman and Tom Hanks – who all have two best actor wins to their name.

Daniel Day-Lewis, who holds UK-Irish citizenship, previously won for My Left Foot (in 1990) and There Will Be Blood (2008) and has a reputation for immersing himself in his roles.

Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar for best actress for her role as a troubled young widow in Silver Linings Playbook. The 22-year-old actress, who stumbled over her dress on her way to the stage, joked: “You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell over and that’s embarrassing.”

Surveying the huge audience in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, she added: “This is nuts.”

It was the first Oscar win for Jennifer Lawrence, who was previously nominated for best actress in 2011 for her performance in Winter’s Bone.

Anne Hathaway won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role as tragic factory worker Fantine in movie musical Les Miserables.

With her cropped hair and gaunt face, Anne Hathaway’s teary version of I Dreamed a Dream had made her an Oscar favorite.

“It came true,” the actress said when she collected her statuette.

Anne Hathaway’s Oscar was her first, the actress having been previously nominated in 2008 for Rachel Getting Married.

The actress said: “Here’s hoping that someday in the not too distant future, the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and not in real life.”

Daniel Day-Lewis has made history at Oscars 2013 after becoming the first person to win the best actor prize three times

Daniel Day-Lewis has made history at Oscars 2013 after becoming the first person to win the best actor prize three times

British singer Adele won the Oscar for best original song for her Bond theme Skyfall, which she also performed during the show.

She struggled through tears to thank the Bond producers and her co-writer Paul Epworth, who collected the award alongside her.

Ang Lee won his second Oscar for directing Life of Pi, the adaption of Yann Martel’s fantasy novel about a boy stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. The film won four Oscars in total, more than any other film.

The Taiwanese-born director, who won previously for Brokeback Mountain (2006), exclaimed: “Thank you, movie god!”

Life of Pi picked up two Oscars in the early stages of the awards for cinematography and visual effects.

Cinematographer Claudio Miranda admitted in an emotional acceptance speech: “This movie was quite a beast to make.”

Later, Mychael Danna picked up the statuette for Life of Pi’s original score.

Christoph Waltz won his second Oscar for best supporting actor in a Quentin Tarantino film, this time as a German bounty hunter in the slave revenge story Django Unchained.

Picking up the first award of the night, Christoph Waltz offered thanks to his character Dr. King Schultz and to “his creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world, Quentin Tarantino.”

The Austrian actor won his first Oscar as a Nazi colonel in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds in 2010.

Quentin Tarantino won the original screenplay prize for Django Unchained, adding to the Oscar he won for writing Pulp Fiction in 1994.

“I have to cast the right people to make those characters come alive and boy this time did I do it,” he said.

The best adapted screenplay Oscar went to Chris Terrio for Ben Affleck’s Iran-set siege thriller Argo.

The best short animated film category was won by Paperman, while Pixar’s Scottish adventure Brave won best animated feature.

The award for costume design went to Briton Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina. She described the win as “completely overwhelming” and paid tribute to her children who were “fast asleep in England”.

The make-up and hairstyling award went to fellow Brits Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for Les Miserables. Tom Hooper’s musical also picked up the Oscar for sound mixing.

Unusually, there was a tie in the sound editing category – the Oscar was shared by Zero Dark Thirty and Skyfall.

Searching for Sugar Man, which tells the story of musician Rodriguez who disappeared from public view in the early 1970s but developed a cult following in South Africa, won the Oscar for best documentary.

Producer Simon Chinn said: “Rodriguez isn’t here tonight because he didn’t want to take any of the credit himself.”

Austrian drama Amour won the Oscar for best foreign language film.

The French-language film, directed by Michael Haneke, portrays the indignities of an elderly Parisian couple – Anne and Georges – as they cope with Anne’s wish to die after a stroke.

Host Seth MacFarlane kicked off the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with the quip: “I honestly cannot believe I’m here. It’s an honor that everyone else said <<no>>.”

After an exchange with William Shatner, who appeared as Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, the Family Guy creator launched into a satirical song about topless appearances by actresses in the movies.

Almost an hour into the three-and-a-half hour show, Halle Berry introduced a tribute to the James Bond franchise, followed by Dame Shirley Bassey who sang her theme song to the 1960s Bond classic Goldfinger.

The show also featured a salute to movie musicals of the past decade, with Chicago Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dreamgirls winner Jennifer Hudson joining Les Miserables cast members that included Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter and Amanda Seyfried.

During the section of the show that pays tribute to those who died in 2012, Barbra Streisand sang the late Marvin Hamlisch’s The Way We Were, from the 1973 romantic drama in which she starred with Robert Redford. It was Barbra Streisand’s first Oscars performance for 36 years.

Life Of Pi – Four awards, including best director for Ang Lee

Argo – Three awards, including best film

Les Miserables – Three awards, including best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway

Django Unchained, Lincoln, Skyfall – Two awards apiece

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Hollywood stars are gearing up for what is likely to be one of the most unpredictable Academy Awards for years.

No film is likely to sweep the board, although the best picture prize is expected to go to hostage drama Argo.

That has overtaken historical epic Lincoln in most predictions. However, Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays Abraham Lincoln, is favorite for best actor.

Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway is tipped for supporting actress, but the other acting categories are more open.

All five nominees for best supporting actor have won Oscars before.

This year, it is thought to be a three-horse race between Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook, Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln and Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained.

Tommy Lee Jones, who plays radical Republican Thaddeus Stevens, picked up the Screen Actors Guild prize for supporting actor, a possible indicator to Oscars success.

But Christoph Waltz won at the Golden Globes, and 10 out of the last 12 Globe winners in this category have gone on to win the equivalent Oscar, according to Oscar predictions website Gold Derby.

Christoph Waltz won best supporting actor in 2010 for another Quentin Tarantino film, Inglorious Basterds – and some voters may feel it is too soon to honor him again.

Instead, the Academy may feel it is time to reward Robert De Niro again, 21 years after he was last nominated, for Cape Fear, and 32 years since he last won, for Raging Bull. If he triumphs, it will be his third Oscar win.

Alan Arkin (Argo) and The Master’s Philip Seymour Hoffman are the other contenders on the supporting actor list.

Best actress is another unpredictable contest. Emmanuelle Riva, the leading lady in Michael Haneke’s old age drama Amour, could become the oldest actress to win an Oscar. The ceremony falls on her 86th birthday.

Emmanuelle Riva is challenging Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence, who is thought to be the front-runner for that statuette.

Another rival, Quvenzhane Wallis, could potentially be the youngest ever winner at the age of nine for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, although she is seen as an outsider.

They are up against Jessica Chastain, who appears as a CIA agent on the trail of Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, and Naomi Watts, for her raw performance in tsunami movie The Impossible.

Hollywood stars are gearing up for what is likely to be one of the most unpredictable Academy Awards for years

Hollywood stars are gearing up for what is likely to be one of the most unpredictable Academy Awards for years

Daniel Day-Lewis is thought to be the biggest dead cert to be called to the podium at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

His turn as the 19th Century US president is universally expected to put him in the Oscar history books by making him the first person to win best actor three times.

Daniel Day-Lewis first win came in 1990 for My Left Foot, followed by a victory for There Will Be Blood in 2008.

Lincoln had also been a hot ticket for best picture before Christmas, but Argo, which tells the story of how the CIA and Hollywood helped rescue US hostages in Iran in 1980, has gained momentum in recent weeks.

The fact it focuses on real-life Hollywood producers saving the day probably has not done it any harm, and it has cleaned up at most major awards ceremonies so far, including the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Producers Guild Awards and Directors Guild Awards.

But Argo director Ben Affleck was a surprise omission from the Academy Awards’ best director shortlist.

That category is another close race, with Lincoln‘s Steven Spielberg in a duel with Ang Lee for Life Of Pi.

There are outside chances for David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, Michael Haneke for Amour and Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Adele’s Skyfall could win best original song and Brits are well represented in the best animated feature category with Paranorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, which was made in the UK.

Searching for Sugarman was produced by Man on a Wire’s Simon Chinn, while the UK could perform well in many technical categories – hopes are high for Jacqueline Durran for best costume (Anna Karenina).

It could be 11th time lucky for Skyfall cinematographer Roger Deakins – but after missing out so many times, he will probably not be holding his breath.

Oscars 2013: Main contenders

Lincoln – 12 nominations

Life of Pi – 11 nominations

Les Miserables – 8 nominations

Silver Linings Playbook – 8 nominations

Argo – 7 nominations

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Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 complete list of winners


Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Supporting actor
: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Supporting actress
: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
: Argo
Stunt ensemble
: Skyfall

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 complete list of winners

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 complete list of winners


Actor in a movie or miniseries: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Actress in a movie or miniseries
: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Actor in a drama series
: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Actress in a drama series
: Claire Danes, Homeland
Actor in a comedy series
: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Actress in a comedy series
: Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Drama series ensemble
: Downton Abbey
Comedy series ensemble:
Modern Family
Stunt ensemble
: Game of Thrones

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A host of stars are expected later at the Golden Globes, one of the biggest Hollywood awards after the Oscars.

Comedy actresses Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will host the event, to take place at Los Angeles’s Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Steven Spielberg’s presidential biopic Lincoln is up for seven prizes, among them best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.

The Globes also recognizes achievements in television, with Downton Abbey in contention for three awards including best drama series.

British singer Adele is expected to make her first public appearance at the ceremony since having a baby in October.

The 24-year-old chart-topper is nominated for best original song for her title track to the James Bond film Skyfall.

Lincoln‘s competition for the best film drama award includes Ben Affleck’s hostage drama Argo and Quentin Tarantino’s western Django Unchained.

Comedy actresses Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will host Golden Globes 2013, to take place at Los Angeles's Beverly Hilton Hotel

Comedy actresses Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will host Golden Globes 2013, to take place at Los Angeles’s Beverly Hilton Hotel

Life of Pi, Ang Lee’s adaption of the Yann Martel novel, and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, complete the nominees in the category.

The Golden Globes gives a separate accolade for best film musical or comedy, where Tom Hooper’s film of stage hit Les Miserables is considered a frontrunner.

Silver Linings Playbook, Moonrise Kingdom, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are also shortlisted for this prize.

In the drama actor category, Daniel Day-Lewis is shortlisted alongside fellow Oscar candidates Denzel Washington and Joaquin Phoenix.

Les Miserables lead Hugh Jackman and Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper, this year’s other best actor Oscar nominees, will compete at the Globes for the best actor in a musical or comedy prize.

Dame Helen Mirren and Rachel Weisz fly the flag for Britain in the best actress in a drama category, where they are nominated for Hitchcock and The Deep Blue Sea respectively.

There is more British talent on display in the best actress in a musical or comedy category, where Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith and Emily Blunt are all in contention.

Homeland star Damian Lewis, Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery are among the British stars in line for the event’s TV prizes.

Dame Maggie receives a second nomination – for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television – for her work in Downton.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler take over presenter duties from Britain’s Ricky Gervais, who had hosted the ceremony for the last three years.

The pair are both nominated for the best TV comedy actress prize for their work in 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation respectively.

Assisting them on stage will be Mr. and Miss Golden Globes, the recipients of honorary titles that are traditionally awarded annually to the children of celebrities with their own ambitions in the industry.

Sam Michael Fox, son of Michael J. Fox, and Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca are the two scions selected this year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HPFA), organizers of the awards.

Jodie Foster, a seven-time Globe nominee and two-time Oscar winner, will receive the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

The ceremony will be aired live in the US on the NBC network.