Los Angeles: Life of Pi, based on Yann Martel’s Booker prize-winning story of a ship-wrecked young boy who shares a lifeboat with a tiger for many days, won the best director award for the second time for Ang Lee and also took home the Oscars for cinematography, visual effects, and original score.
Lee had won the top directing honour in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain.
Mychael Danna won the Oscar for best original score, but Bombay Jayashri missed out on winning the award for original song to British singer Adele for Skyfall.
Claudio Miranda won the best cinematography trophy for his stunning camera work in the 3D movie.
“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 Rhythm & Hues, the company behind the VFX, which has filed for bankruptcy. The awards were presented by The Avengers team Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson.