Day-Lewis makes Oscar history

Daniel Day-Lewis has become the first person ever to win the Oscar for best actor three times. Adele won the Oscar for best original song for while Argo took the top prize of the night for best picture.

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Iran reacts to Argo's Best Picture Oscar

Iranian state television has dismissed the Oscar-winning film Argo as an "advertisement for the CIA".

Some Iranians believe Argo, which won the award for Best Picture, portrays the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in an unflattering light.

Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days in Iran, but a handful of US Embassy staff were sheltered by the Canadian ambassador. Argo recounts their escape as they used a fake movie as a cover story.

Tehran City Council member Masoomeh Ebtekar, one of the students who occupied the US Embassy and acted as the Iranian students' spokeswoman, told the Associated Press that Argo exaggerates the violence among crowds that stormed the compound in November 1979.

Mr Ebtekbar said director Ben Affleck "goes and shows scenes of a very violent and very angry mob throughout the film", adding, "It is never mentioned that these are a group of students".

The semi-official Mehr news agency called the Oscar "politically motivated" because First Lady Michelle Obama helped present the award, while Iranian culture minister Mohammad Hosseini said the movie has "distorted history".


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Durran celebrates first Oscar win

Keira Knightly and designer Jacqueline Durran with the dress Knightly wore in Anna Karenina Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The Achievement in Costume Design Oscar was Jacqueline Durran's first win, although she's been nominated twice before - in 2006 for Pride and Prejudice and in 2008 for Atonement.

Coincidentally, all three of her nominated films have been directed by Joe Wright and starred Keira Knightly.

Durran's period costumes for Anna Karenina also took home awards at last week's Costume Designer Guild Awards and the BAFTAs earlier this month.

Although the film was set in the 1870s, Durran consulted the elaborate 1950s-era couture gowns of Christian Dior and Christobal Balenciaga for inspiration, and was largely favoured by the fashion industry to take home Oscar night's top costume prize.

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