Taiwanese director Ang Lee took home a very special prize at last night's 85th Academy Awards: Best Director for Life of Pi. And while this isn't the first top prize for the director—he won for 2005's Brokeback Mountain—
it's certainly a big coup for him, considering the film has garnered much critical acclaim with so-so impact at the box office. In an interview following the big show, he said he was so surprised by the win that he went blank for a little while, before gathering his composure to deliver his speech. "As I walk up, everybody seems to be very happy that we win this award," Lee said. "They all stood up and they cheered. They keep on cheering. And I had to give that big bow before they sit down. The energy of the room was very high. So I was very, very touched. It was genuinely a very happy moment for me." The film picked up three other awards throughout the evening (the most of any film!) including Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Score. He remains the only person of Asian descent to win an Oscar for Best Director. And now he's got himself ANOTHER! Congrats!
Have you seen Life Of Pi
yet? What did you think?