LOS ANGELES, USA (AP) — Just as Oscar host Seth MacFarlane set his sights on a variety of targets with a mixture of hits and misses, the motion picture academy spread the gold around to a varied slate of films. Argo won best picture as expected, along with two other prizes. But Life of Pi won the most awards with four, including a surprise win for director Ang Lee.
Les Miserables also won three Academy Awards, while Django Unchained and Skyfall each took two.
Among the winners were the front-runners throughout this lengthy awards season: best actor Daniel Day-Lewis for his deeply immersed portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's epic Lincoln, best actress Jennifer Lawrence as a troubled young widow in Silver Linings Playbook and supporting actress Anne Hathaway as the doomed prostitute Fantine in the musical Les Miserables. Christoph Waltz was a bit of a surprise for supporting actor as a charismatic bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, an award he'd won just three years ago for Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds.