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• Life of Pi takes four awards, including best director

• Les Misérables and Argo win three apiece

• Jennifer Lawrence surprise winner of best actress award for Silver Linings Playbook

• Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway win best actor and best supporting actress

It was always going to be the battle of the real-life freedom fighters. Would the Oscars glorify the 16th president responsible for the emancipation of African American slaves in the 1860s, or the rogue CIA agent parachuted into Tehran to smuggle out six Americans hiding in the Canadian embassy in 1980? Or might it even choose to ignore the controversy and applaud the rogue team responsible for finally tracking down Osama bin Laden?

In the end, the Academy ended up backing Argo – a middle option between the tub-thumping patriotism of Lincoln and the hot potato juggling of Zero Dark Thirty.

In an unusual joint presentation by Jack Nicholson and – via video »

- Catherine Shoard

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