After host Seth MacFarlane's lengthy and self-deprecating intro to the 85th Annual Academy Awards, the night's first Oscar went to one of the season's most-celebrated actors.
Christoph Waltz, who played bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, topped won for best supporting actors. The win follows a Golden Globe victory and a snub at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. He also won in the category in 2010 for Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.
Animation awards came next with Disney's Paperboy taking short film and Disney-Pixar's Brave winning feature. Brave also took the Globe in the category but lost the Annie to Wreck-It Ralph.
For cinematography, Claudio Miranda took his first Oscar for his work on Life of Pi. The Ang Lee feature also earned top honors in visual effects with Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott all sharing the stage.
Costume design went to Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina. With three nominations under her belt, it marked her first win. Makeup and hairstyling went to Les Miserables' Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell.
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