This year's Best Picture award announcement came with a surprise: The First Lady Michelle Obama announced the award via video hook-up. While the Best Picture award went to "Argo," Academy voters gave "Life of Pi" four trophies and "Argo" three.
Daniel Day-Lewis took top actors, and Jennifer Lawrence took top actress.
The complete list of winners:
Best Picture: Argo (Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney)
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Best Original Song: “Skyfall” from Skyfall (Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth)
Best Animated Feature Film: Brave
Best Foreign Language Flim: Amour (Austria)
Best Director: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio (Argo)
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)
Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran (Anna Karenina)
Best Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man
Best Documentary Short: Inocente
Film Editing: William Goldenberg (Argo)
Makeup And Hairstyling: Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell (Les Miserables)
Best Original Score: Mychael Danna (Life of Pi)
Best Production Design: Rick Carter and Jim Erickson (Lincoln)
Best Animated Short Film: Paperman (John Kahrs)
Best Live Action Short Film: Curfew (Shawn Christensen)
Best Sound Editing(tie): Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers (Skyfall); Paul N.J. Ottosson (Zero Dark Thirty)
Best Sound Mixing: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes (Les Misérables)
Best Visual Effect: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott (Life of Pi)
Before the Best Picture award, Jack Nicholson walked on stage and stunned the audience with the announcement: "It’s my pleasure to introduce live from the White House, the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama."
FLOTUS appeared on a screen above, via satellite, in a "gala shiny gray dress," with youngsters in military uniform.
Before she announced the Best Picture award, she said she was excited to participate in the celebration of films that "lift our spirits, broaden our minds and transport us to places we can never imagine." Saying that it had been an exciting movie year, Obama said the best picture nominees "took us back in time and all around the world. They made us laugh, they made us weep and they made us grip our armrests."
She continued, saying the films "taught us that love can endure against all odds," and delivered lessons that "apply to all of us no matter who we are, what we look like, where we come from and who we love." She said the nominees would serve as inspiration to young people and encourage them "to reach their dream."