Claudio Miranda won the cinematography prize for "Life of Pi." "This movie was a beast to make," he said of the picture, which was largely filmed in a massive water tank.
"Searching for Sugar Man," which chronicled an obscure 1970s American singer-songwriter known as Rodriguez who unknowingly had become a massive star in South Africa, was named top documentary feature.
Adele, who performed "Skyfall" to a standing ovation, won an Oscar for her James Bond theme song
The Oscar for foreign language film went to Austria's "Amour," a film about a husband and wife in the final months of her life.
Costume designer Jacqueline Durran won for her work on "Anna Karenina," and Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell took home the makeup and hairstyling award for their work on "Les Miserables." Director Shawn Christensen claimed the Academy Award for live action short for "Curfew," about a depressed man who is forced to take care of his young niece. Christensen, who also acted in the film, thanked the academy for its support of short films by making them available to its members for the first time on DVD. The animated short award went to Disney's black-and-white "Paperman."
In the documentary short category, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine won for their film "Inocente" about a young homeless artist living in San Diego. Said Sean Fine: "She's an artist and all of you are artists and we feel like we need to start supporting the arts. They're dying in our communities. We need to stand up and help girls like her be seen and heard."
Times staff writers Chris Lee, Jessica Gelt and Jasmine Elist contributed to this report.