02/24/2013 11:36 pm ET Updated Feb 25, 2013

Ang Lee Oscar: Best Director At 2013 Academy Awards Announced

Ang Lee won an Oscar for Best Director at the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Lee's Oscar win was for directing "Life of Pi."

The Best Director race was a confusing one for Oscar experts, if only because the director most honored throughout awards season wasn't eligible for the award. Ben Affleck, who directed "Argo," won Best Director awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes), Directors Guild of America and BAFTA; he was famously left off the Oscar ballot, however, when nominations were announced on Jan. 10.

That opened the door for Lee to win his second Oscar. He previously won at the 2006 ceremony for directing "Brokeback Mountain."

"Thank you, movie god," Lee said while accepting his Oscar from Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas.

The director spent four years making "Life of Pi," which is based on the novel by Yann Martel. The film focuses on a young man (newcomer Suraj Sharma) who survives a ship wreck and winds up on a life boat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The film, which was released in 3D, uses many visual effects tricks and techniques.

Lee's Oscar win left fellow nominees Michael Haneke ("Amour"), David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Spielberg ("Lincoln") and Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") empty handed.

Last year, Michel Hazanavicius won Best Director for "The Artist."

For more on the Oscars' 2013 ceremony, including a full list of Academy Awards winners, check out the live blog below.

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02/25/2013 1:18 AM EST

Good Night, And Good Luck

That's all from the Oscars 2013 live blog here at HuffPost Entertainment! Hope you enjoyed the show. This is Christopher Rosen, signing off.

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02/25/2013 1:07 AM EST

Ben Affleck Is Not Into Oscar Punditry

From backstage at the Oscars:

When did you feel a tipping point in your favor for this film?

Clooney: Michelle Obama.

Ben: When they gave us the trophies I was confident that we would win. I don’t get too much into the Oscar-ology and the pontificating. It doesn’t help me to read up on that stuff.

02/25/2013 1:06 AM EST

Daniel Day-Lewis' Facial Hair

Backstage at the Oscars with Daniel Day-Lewis:

Was it uncomfortable wearing the beard?

What do you mean? No it's just a beard. Do you wear your hair? It was my very own beard.

02/25/2013 12:54 AM EST

What Jennifer Lawrence Thought When She Fell

From HuffPost Los Angeles correspondent Sasha Bronner:

"A bad word. That starts with F."

02/25/2013 12:50 AM EST

Ben Affleck's Best Picture Winner Face

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02/25/2013 12:49 AM EST

Patricia Clarkson At The Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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More on Patricia Clarkson's look here.

02/25/2013 12:44 AM EST

How Movies Change During Oscar Season

Here's Awards Daily blogger Sasha Stone just after "Argo" won Best Picture.

@ AwardsDaily :

See, I told you Argo was Crash incarnate. Won the same amount of awards even.

Here's Sasha Stone on "Argo" back in October:

Have you ever seen a movie where you walk out saying, “That was just a great f--king movie”? That’s Ben Affleck’s Argo. Inexplicably, a film that draws its strength from humor and suspense, winds up being more moving the second time through. Perhaps because once you have been through the suspense part of it you get to know the characters better and therefore care about their outcomes more.

02/25/2013 12:42 AM EST

Ben Affleck's Arc

@ LouLumenick :

Affleck: Oscar winner to laughingstock to Oscar winner. You can't make these things up.

02/25/2013 12:31 AM EST

At Least Someone Liked It

@ m1keh0gan :

Tommy Lee Jones told me Seth MacFarlane was "hilarious." His favorite part? "I Saw Your Boobs." #notkidding

02/25/2013 12:28 AM EST

Daniel Day-Lewis' Meryl Streep Joke

“It’s a strange thing, because three years ago, before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher, um...” he joked. “And Meryl was, was Steven’s first choice for ‘Lincoln.’ And I’d like to see that version. And Steven didn’t have to persuade me to play Lincoln, but I had to persuade him that, perhaps, if I was going to do it, that Lincoln shouldn’t be a musical.”

More on Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar speech here.