Oscars 2013: Ang Lee of 'Life of Pi' wins for Best Directing
Ang Lee has won the 2013 Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing for his film "Life of Pi," marking his second win and third nomination.
The winners were announced at a live ceremony that took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and aired live on ABC on Sunday, February 24. Lee, who is originally from Taiwan, beat David O. Russell of "Silver Linings Playbook," Steven Spielberg of "Lincoln," Michael Haneke of "Amour" and Benh Zeitlin of "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
"I really need to share this with all 3,000, everybody who worked with me on "Life of Pi," he said in his acceptance speech. "I could not make this movie without the help of Taiwan. My family in Taiwan, my wife Jane Lin -- we'll be married 30 years this summer. I love you. My boys, Haan and Mason. Thank you for your support."
In "Life of Pi," a teenage Indian boy named Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel joins his family on a boat trip to Canada, where they are moving, along with their zoo animals. It sinks and he becomes stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, who he ends up taking care of in a bid to stay alive.
The movie was nominated for a total of 11 Oscars. Lee won his first Oscar for Best Directing for the 2006 film "Brokeback Mountain." He was also nominated for Best Achievement in Directing and Best Picture for the 2000 movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
Lee told OTRC.com that "Life of Pi" was about "God," "Faith," and "the examining of illusion and the examining of the power of storytelling." (Check out 5 things Ang Lee said about "Life of Pi" and the Oscars.)
Watch the trailer for "Life of Pi" below.