Los Angeles, Feb 26 (): Life of Pi wins four Oscars – Best Direction, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.
Ang Lee, 58, director of Life of Pi took home the best director Oscar for Life of Pi, his visually stunning 3D tale of an Indian boy wandering in the ocean for months with a Bengal tiger. In 2006, he won his first Academy Award for directing Brokeback Mountain, the story of a complex love affair between two men.
Life of Pi is based on Yann Martel’s beloved book, one of the biggest publishing events of the past decade. Lee spent four years to translate Martel’s book to the screen and made many trips to India to shoot the film, which starts in Puducherry and Munnar.
Ang Lee beat Haneke (Amour), Spielberg (Lincoln), Indie filmmaker Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) to win his second Academy in the directing category. The much-admired two-time Oscar winner completed his touching speech with ‘Namaste’ which saw a standing ovation and thunderous applause!
Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ is the film that has bagged the maximum number of nominations this time – a whopping 12 – while Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ is close to it with a nomination count of 11 Oscars – including Best Picture and also won for Original Score, Visual Effects and Cinematography. ‘Lincoln’, on the other hand, won only two awards.
Michael Dynna accepted the award for the Original Score category for “Life of Pi” and thanked his Indian-born wife, Aparna, and their two boys. Aparna Dynna wore a blue-and-silver Indian lehenga to the Oscars.
However, India’s Carnatic music singer Bombay Jayashri Ramnath – lost the award in the best original song category. Her “Pi’s Lullaby” song sung for “Life of Pi” was up for Best Song, but it lost to Adele Atkins for the James Bond theme song, “Skyfall”.
The best actor trophy went to Daniel Day-Lewis for portraying Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln”, which won a total of two awards out of its 12 nominations.