Ang Lee has won best director for his spiritual spectacular Life of Pi.
Accepting the prestigious golden statuette, the 58-year-old director said: “I need to share this with everybody who worked with me on Life of Pi. I really want to thank you for believing in the story and sharing this incredible journey with me.”
He went on to thank Life of Pi’s author Yann Mantel before acknowledging “every one of you in the cast” and the film’s star 19-year-old Suraj Sharma, who he called “a miracle”.
Lee also said: “I could not make this movie without the help of Taiwan. We shot there and I want to thank everyone there who helped us.”
Life of Pi tells the story of young Indian boy Pi who travels across the Atlantic on a lifeboat with only a Tiger called Richard Parker for company.
The film, which was nominated for ten Oscars including best picture, has already picked up awards for visual effects, cinematography and original score.