Seth MacFarlane takes the stage as host at the 2012 Academy Awards.
In his trademark style, he takes potshots at the nominees before William Shatner as Star Trek's Captain Kirk appears to make sure the show is tasteless.
MacFarlane lives up to provocative image
Rookie Oscar host Seth MacFarlane (pictured, Centre) casually slung a string of zingers at some of Hollywood's biggest names, including a musical tribute to female frontal nudity in the movies, as he launched the Academy Awards show on Sunday on a decisively provocative note. In an opening monologue and package of song-and-dance numbers obviously calculated to live up to, and even lampoon, his own reputation for pushing the boundaries of taste, MacFarlane put his biting, edgy brand of humor front and center. He started off joking that best-picture front-runner Argo, about a real-life clandestine CIA operation to rescue American hostages from Iran, was "so top secret that the film's director is unknown to the Academy." The barb was a not-so-subtle jab at members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for failing to nominate Ben Affleck as best director for the critically acclaimed film. "They know they screwed up," MacFarlane added, as the camera panned to a shot of Affleck, looking somewhat uncomfortable in his seat. "Ben, it's not your fault."
The edgy quotient quickly escalated as MacFarlane described another best-film candidate, Django Unchained, as the slavery-era "story of a man fighting to get back his woman who has been subjected to unthinkable violence - or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie." The punch line reference to the physical abuse involved in the relationship between the two R&B singers - Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting Rihanna in 2009 - drew an audible groan from the star-studded Dolby Theatre audience. "Oh, no, that's what we were afraid he would do," MacFarlane dead-panned. More groans followed as MacFarlane went on to joke that the profanity-laced screenplay from Django was "loosely based on Mel Gibson's voice mails," an allusion to the public disclosure several years ago of ranting telephone messages the actor-director had left for his then-girlfriend. (Reuters)
Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer presents the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
The Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role goes to Christoph Waltz for his role as Dr King Shultz in Django Unchained.
This is Waltz's second win at the Oscars (in the same category for Inglourious Basterds).
Waltz borrows his character's words to pay tribute to Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino.
Waltz on Sunday won his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in four years under the direction of Quentin Tarantino, this time as a German bounty hunter in the slave revenge tale Django Unchained. "We participated in a hero's journey, the hero here being Quentin," a choked up Waltz said as he accepted his award. The Austrian actor first burst into Hollywood as a charming yet evil Nazi colonel in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and walked away with the Academy's supporting statuette in 2010. Waltz's win Sunday gives him an enviable career record of two Oscars for two nominations. He also prevailed this year over veteran Hollywood names like Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones and clinched a nomination while Django co-stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio did not. Until he was introduced to Tarantino, the 56-year-old son of set designers worked for 30 years mostly in German theater, TV and film, while attempts to cross into English-language production proved unsuccessful. In Django, Waltz plays the German immigrant dentist-turned-bounty-hunter Dr King Schultz who pairs up with Foxx's freed slave Django to track down and kill outlaws and then rescue Django's enslaved wife. This month Waltz stirred up controversy as a guest on comedy show Saturday Night Live, playing "Djesus Uncrossed" in a spoof of Tarantino's trademark bloody films. "No more mister nice Jesus," he said, wearing a white robe and holding a machine gun. (Reuters)
Paul Rudd and Melissa McCarthy present the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.
And the Oscar for goes Short Film (Animated) goes to John Kahrs for Paperman.
The Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film goes to a kilt-wearing Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman of Brave.
Brave, the story of a rebellious, red-headed princess, on Sunday won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. The fairy tale from Disney's Pixar studio is set in the ancient Scottish highlands and centers around horseback-riding teen Princess Merida, who defies her mother, breaks with tradition and does her own thing. Brave was a departure for Pixar because it was the studio's first to feature a strong female as the lead character. (Reuters)
The Avenger's Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L Jackson present the Oscar for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.
And the Award goes to Life of Pi's Claudio Miranda.
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R Elliott from Life of Pi wn the Best Visual Effects Award.
A nervous Miranda said the film, which was largely shot in a huge water tank, was "quite a piece" to make.
"Wow, this movie was quite a piece to make. We did it.... I can't even speak," said a nervous Miranda before ending his speech by thanking director Lee, his wife and daughter.
The film also won in the visual effects category with Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R Christopher White taking home the golden statuette.
The team paid tribute to the Rhythm & Hues, the company behind the VFX, which has filed for bankruptcy. (PTI)
Channing Tatum and Jennifer Aniston present the Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling Awards.
Atonement and Pride and Prejudice's Jacqueline Durran win Best Costume Design for Anna Karenina.
A still from Anna Karenina
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell of Les Misérables win their first Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
Oscar winner and Bond girl Halle Berry commemorates 007's 50th anniversary.
Dame Shirley Bassey, 76, makes her first appearence at the Oscars as a performer, singing the theme of Goldfinger (1964).
Django Unchained's Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx present the Oscar for Short Film (Live Action) and Documentary Short.
The Oscar for Best Short Film goes to Shawn Christensen for Curfew.
The Oscar for Best Documentary Short goes to Inocente's Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine.
Taken's Liam Neeson presents the Best Picture nominees Argo, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.
Ben Affleck, who was denied a Best Director nomination, presents the award for Best Documentary Feature.
And the Oscar goes to Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn for Searching for Sugar Man
The critically acclaimed Searching for Sugarman details the search for obscure American folk musician Sixto Rodriguez by two South African fans.
Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain present the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Austian film Amour wins!
The French-language film, directed by Michael Haneke and considered the favourite to win the Academy Award, details the everyday struggles and indignities of elderly Parisian couple Anne and Georges as they confront Anne's slide toward death.
John Travolta introduces Catherine Zeta Jones, who peforms All That Jazz from the musical 2002 Oscar-winning Chicago.
Jennifer Hudson performs And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going from Dreamgirls.
The cast of Les Miserables perform a medley from the muscial to receive a standing ovation.
Mark Wahlberg and Ted, the titular teddy bear from the film by MacFarlane present the Award for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.
The award for Best Sound Mixing goes to Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes for Les Misérables.
The award for Best Sound Editing is a tie!
The first Oscar goes to Zero Dark Thirty's Paul NJ Ottosson
The second Oscar goes to Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for Skyfall
Skyfall's Hallberg won 2 Oscars for Sound Editing for Braveheart (1995) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).
Christopher Plummer, the oldest person to win an Oscar for Beginners, presents the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
The Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role goes to Anne Hathaway for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables.
Sandra Bullock presents the Award for Best Film Editing.
Argo wins! The Oscar goes to first-time winner William Goldenberg.
Jennifer Lawrence introduces Adele, who is nominated along with Paul Epworth for Best Original Song.
Adele performs Skyfall from the film of the same name.
Nicole Kidman presents Best Picture nominees Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained and Amour.
Daniel Radcliffe and Kristen Stewart present the Oscar for Production Design
And the Oscar goes to Rick Carter (Production Design) and Jim Erickson (Set Decoration) of Lincoln.
Rene Zellweger, Queen Latifah, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere present the Oscar for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.
And the Oscar goes to Mychael Danna for Life of Pi. This the film's third win in a technical category.
The award for Best Original Song goes to Skyfall's Adele and Paul Epworth for Skyfall.
Dustin Hoffman and Charlize Theron present the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay.
First-time winner Chris Terrio wins the Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Argo.
One-time Oscar winner Quentin Tarantino wins Best Original Screenplay for Django Unchained.
Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas present the Best Director Award.
Ang Lee wins for Life of Pi.
This is his second win after 2008's Brokeback Mountain.
Jean Dujardin presents the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role
...And the Oscar goes to Silver Linings Playbook's Jennifer Lawrence who was previously nominated for her performance in Winter's Bone.
Lawrence, who was in a tight race with actress Jessica Chastain for the Academy Award, plays an opinionated young widow in the quirky comedy about a bipolar man and his dysfunctional family.
Meryl Streep presents the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis (pictured) makes history, becoming the first actor to win 3 Oscars in the lead category, with his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln.
The win for the British actor, who played a brief role in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi, did not come as a surprise as he was strongly tipped to win. He had already collected the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and British BAFTA awards, in the long award season of Hollywood ahead of Oscars.
Interestingly, the 'notoriously'-selective actor had initially refused the role as he thought it would be proper for an American to play Lincoln but once he agreed, Day-Lewis devoted himself on painfully researching every little detail about the 16th president for an year to bring out an intense and touching portrayal.
"I do know that I've received so much more than my fortune. Three years go, I'd actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher and my role was Steven's first choice for Lincoln... My fellow nominees, my equals, I'm so proud... I'd like to thank Kathleen Kenndey, our producer. I owe this to three men - Tony Kushner, Steven Spielberg and the spirit of Abraham lincoln," he said while accepting the best actor trophy.
Day-Lewis plays Lincoln prior to his assassination in 1865. As the four-year-old Civil War continues to rage, the president struggles to bring a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery and end the carnage on the battlefield.
He is a five time Academy-award nominee. With his latest trophy, he has become the first man to win three Oscars in the leading actor category.
He has previously won the Oscars for playing cerebral palsy suffering author and painter Christy Brown in My Left Foot (1989) and in 2007 for portraying an ambitious and misanthropic oil baron in There Will Be Blood. He was also nominated for In The Name of the Father (1993) and Gangs of New York in 2002. (PTI)
Jack Nicholson and, by telecast from the White House, the United States First Lady Michelle Obama (!) present the coveted Best Picture Award.