Daniel Day-Lewis makes Hollywood history

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

The British-born star, who had been the runaway favourite, was rewarded for his role in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.
The British-born star, who had been the runaway favourite, was rewarded for his role in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.

Daniel Day-Lewis has become the first person to win the best actor Oscar three times for his exactingly authentic performance as President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's historical drama.

He has been nominated five times for the Academy Award, winning for My Left Foot in 1990 and There Will Be Blood in 2008.

The 55-year-old spent a year preparing for Lincoln, and, in his customary method, remained in character during the production.

His widely-expected Oscar win further cements his status as the most admired actor currently working.

Taiwan-born Ang Lee won best director for spectacular 3D fantasy Life of Pi.

The other nominees on Sunday night were Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook, Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables, Joaquin Phoenix for The Master and Denzel Washington in Flight.

Jennifer Lawrence took home the award for best leading actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, Christoph Waltz won best supporting actor for his part in Django Unchained and Anne Hathaway was awarded the best supporting actress for her role in Les Miserable

The 85th Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with host Seth MacFarlane.

Iran hostage drama Argo won the Oscar for best film, the top prize at the movie industry's most coveted awards, beating rival Lincoln.

The thriller, which is based on a true story, recounts a CIA mission to rescue six US diplomats from Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, under the cover of making a fake Hollywood film.

Argo won a slew of other Hollywood awards despite its director, Ben Affleck, being left off the Academy Award directing shortlist.

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