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Daniel Day Lewis makes history. Adele wins best song.

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  • Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
    Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Oscars held at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
  • Directors Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, winners of the Best Animated Feature award for "Brave," pose in the press room during the Oscars held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
  • Actress Kristen Stewart arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
  • L-R) Producer Grant Heslov, actor-producer-director Ben Affleck, and producer George Clooney, winners of the Best Picture award for "Argo," pose in the press room during the Oscars held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, Californi
  • Justin Theroux arrives with fiance Jennifer Anniston, who is wearing a red Valentino gown, Salvatore Ferragamo clutch and Fred Leighton jewels, at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES TA
  • Daniel Day Lewis (L), best actor winner for "Lincoln," Jennifer Lawrence, best actress winner for "Silver Linings Playbook," Anne Hathaway, best supporting actress winner for "Les Miserables" and Christoph Waltz, best supporting actor winner for "Django U
  • Adele Adkins of Britain leaves the stage with her Oscar for Best Original Song for "Skyfall" at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake
  • Actress Charlize Theron and actor Channing Tatum dance onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
  • Director Ang Lee kisses his Oscar for Achievement in Directing for "Life of Pi" at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. REUTERS/ Mike Blake
  • Actress Charlize Theron wearing white Dior Haute Couture column gown at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
  • Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, winner of the Best Actor award for "Lincoln," and presenter Meryl Streep pose in the press room during the Oscars held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
  • Guillaume Rocheron (L-R), Bill Westenhofer, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott pose with their Oscars for best Visual Effects for "Life of Pi" at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. REUTERS/ Mike Blake
  • Actress Amy Adams arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
  • Jennifer Lawrence, best actress winner for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook,"
  • Director Quentin Tarantino poses with his Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for "Django Unchained" at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. REUTERS/ Mike Blake
  • Actress Charlize Theron wearing white Dior Haute Couture column gown arrives at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
  • Actress Anne Hathaway, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award for "Les Miserables," poses in the press room during the Oscars held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
  • L-R) Actors Daniel Day-Lewis, winner of the Best Actor award for "Lincoln;" Jennifer Lawrence, winner of the Best Actress award for "Silver Linings Playbook;" Anne Hathaway, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award for "Les Miserables;" and Christoph W

Daniel Day-Lewis made Oscar history last night … becoming the first man to be named best actor for a third time at the awards.

The recognition, for the British-born actor’s performance in the title role of Steven Spielberg’s biopic of US President Abraham Lincoln, puts him above Hollywood legends including Dustin Hoffman and Marlon Brando who have both won the coveted title twice.

Accepting his award, Day-Lewis told the audience in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood: “I really don’t know how any of this happened.”

The Lincoln actor – who had previously won the award for roles in My Left Foot in 1990 and 2008 film There Will Be Blood – also paid tribute to his wife, before tearfully thanking his mother.

The other big winners on the night were Anne Hathaway, named best supporting actress for her role in Les Miserables, Jennifer Lawrence who won best actress after starring in Silver Linings Playbook and Ben Affleck’s Argo which won best film.

Ang Lee took best director title for Life Of Pi, while chart star Adele triumphed in the best original song category for her Bond theme Skyfall.

She thanked her songwriting partner Paul Epworth for “believing in me all the time, and my man, I love you baby”.

Earlier she had performed the song on stage at the event.

On accepting her award, an emotional Hathaway said she hoped for a future in which “the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories and nevermore in real life”.

Lawrence, who stumbled on her way to the stage, joked: “You guys are standing up just because you feel bad that I fell over.”

Scottish success came from hit cartoon Brave. The film scooped an Oscar for best animated feature film. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman it was voiced by stars including Kelly Macdonald, Robbie Coltrane, Billy Connolly and Craig Ferguson.

There were also wins for Quentin Tarantino’s western Django Unchained with Christoph Waltz named best supporting actor, while Tarantino picked up the Oscar for original screenplay.

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