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Hollywood Oscars: The envelope please

As expected, actor-director Ben Affleck won Best Picture with Argo in Tinseltown's yearly gong fest.

The hot favourites also won the acting honours while Taiwanese director Ang Lee scored an upset win over Steven Spielberg.

Trivia facts: Daniel Day-Lewis is the only actor to have three Oscars for best actor; Argo is the first Best Picture winner without its director being nominated since Driving Miss Daisy in 1990.

The super-serious Day-Lewis cracked one of the best jokes, telling presenter Meryl Streep he was supposed to play Margaret Thatcher (in The Iron Lady) whle she was going to play Lincoln.

Argo was not rated a serious contender when it was first released in October, well before most of the others were released, and instead the major critics' awards rated Zero Dark Thirty as film of the year.

But the controversy over Affleck's failure to gain a director's nomination and Zero Dark Thirty's depiction of torture helped pull Argo through.

The four-hour plus telecast was again a marathon, ending just before midnight, Eastern standard time.

The awards were:

BEST PICTURE
Argo

BEST ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook

BEST ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables. A popular favourite. She re-enacted her role on stage just before winning.

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained. An upset over the favourite, Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook).

BEST DIRECTOR
Ang Lee - Life of Pi

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Argo - Chris Terrio

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour - Michael  Haneke (director)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Searching for Sugar Man

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda

VISUAL EFFECTS
Life of Pi - Rhythm & Hues Studio

FILM EDITING
Argo - William Goldenberg

SOUND EDITING
Skyfall/Zero Dark Thirty (joint winners)

ANIMATED FILM
Brave (Pixar) - Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

SHORT FILM
Paperman - John Kahrs

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Lincoln

COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran

MAKEUP AND HAIR STYLING
Les Miserables

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Comments and questions
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Shame to see The Hobbit walking away empty handed. It should really get some recognition but that's OK because in my eyes it is an Oscar winner! Thanks, Sir PJ.

Oh please, the Hobbit is rubbish

The Hobbit is an overly long and boring movie. Why can't Jackson keep his films to 90 minutes? To me it's the sign of a poor decision maker - can't decide what to cut - let's put everything in and bore people to tears.

One can only take so much of hideous garden gnomes and CGI dreck.