The political hostage drama Argo won the Oscarfor best picture Sunday as the Academy Awards were spread among awealth of nominees.
Life of Pi picked up a leading four trophies, including the best director Oscar for Ang Lee, while Argo and Les Miserables won three a piece.
But the top nominee going into the night, Lincoln, was largelyignored, winning just two of the 12 categories it was nominated forin a snub of Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.
The prizes for actors in a leading role went to Jennifer Lawrencefor playing a troubled young widow in the romantic comedy SilverLinings Playbook and to Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of US president Abraham Lincoln. It was Day-Lewis' third best actor win, an Oscar record.
Christoph Waltz won the first Oscar of the night, picking up thetrophy for best supporting actor for his role as a bounty hunter inDjango Unchained.
Anne Hathaway won best supporting actress for her role as animpoverished worker in the musical Les Miserables.
Argo, which is based on a true story about a fake movie dreamed upby the CIA to rescue hostages trapped in revolutionary Iran, hademerged as the Oscar favourite in the weeks leading up to the event.
Besides the coveted best picture Oscar, Argo also won for bestadapted screenplay and film editing. Quentin Tarantino picked up theoriginal screenplay Oscar for Django Unchained.
Amour, a drama about an ageing French couple dealing with failing health, won best foreign language film. Directed by Michael Haneke,it stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emanuelle Riva.
Searching for Sugar Man won best documentary, while Brave won forbest animated feature.
Hosted by Seth MacFarlane, the 85th Academy Awards lasted threeand a half hours and was watched by 1 billion people globally.
It featured performances from Adele, Barbra Streisand and ShirleyBassey, but many of the sketches and acceptance speeches were widely criticised on social media for being too long and boring.
MacFarlane almost acknowledged as much after the best screenplay awards were handed out, joking that "since we've gone on so long,we're going to start the 2014 Oscars straight after this." Even Ben Affleck, who directed, co-produced and starred in Argowas pushed to hurry his acceptance speech as the broadcast was due toend.
"I want to acknowledge the other eight films," Affleck said after the award was announced live from the White House by first ladyMichelle Obama. "They have every right to be here as much as we do." "You have to work harder than you think you possibly can," said Affleck, who was snubbed in the best director nominations. "It doesn't matter how you get knocked down in life because it's going to happen. All that matters is that you've got to get up."