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Argo wins Oscar
for best picture

HOLLYWOOD - Ben Affleck's Iran hostage drama "Argo" won the coveted best film Oscar late Sunday (yesterday morning in the Philippines), while Daniel Day-Lewis took a record third best actor prize at the 85th Academy Awards, Hollywood's biggest night.

Taiwan-born Ang Lee won best director for his spectacular 3D fantasy "Life of Pi," while Jennifer Lawrence was crowned best actress for "Silver Linings Playbook."

But veteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg, whose presidential drama had the most nominations with 12 nods, went home from Hollywood's biggest awards show with only two awards, best actor and a technical prize for production design.

Overall, "Life of Pi" won the most Oscars with four, against three for "Argo" and "Les Miserables," two each for "Django Unchained" and "Lincoln," and one for "Zero Dark Thirty."

In a heavily musical show, Adele sang Oscar-winning 007 theme "Skyfall" and Shirley Bassey belted out "Goldfinger" to mark 50 years of Bond films, while Barbra Streisand sang "The Way We Were," her first Oscars turn for 36 years.

In an unexpected move, the best picture winner was announced by First Lady Michelle Obama, addressing the Oscars show -- and final presenter, legend Jack Nicholson -- by videolink from the White House.

Best supporting actor went to Austrian Christoph Waltz, who played a dentist turned bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino's blood-spattered spaghetti western tribute "Django Unchained." Tarantino won for best original screenplay.

Ann Hathaway won best supporting actress -- and joined fellow "Les Miserables" cast members in singing hits from the movie. The cast of "Chicago" also reunited in song, on the 10th anniversary of its best picture Oscar win.*AFP

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