11:56: The Academy Award for best picture goes to "Argo"
11:52: An energized Jack Nicholson walks on to present the award for best picture. Michelle Obama is joining him via satellite from White House.
11:44: Daniel Day Lewis wins best actor for his role in "Lincoln".
11:40: Jean Dujardin presents Oscar for best actress to Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook" filmed in Philadelphia!
Partial List of Oscar winners:
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained." Animated Short Film: "Paperman." Animated Feature Film: "Brave." Cinematography: "Life of Pi." Visual Effects: "Life of Pi." Costume: "Anna Karenina." Makeup and Hairstyling: "Les Miserables." Live Action Short Film: "Curfew." Documentary: "Inocente." Documentary Feature: "Searching for Sugar Man." Foreign Language Film: "Amour." Sound Mixing: "Les Miserables." Sound Editing (tie): "Skyfall," ''Zero Dark Thirty." Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables." Film Editing: "Argo." Production Design: "Lincoln." Original Score: "Life of Pi," Mychael Danna. Original Song: "Skyfall" from "Skyfall," Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo." Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained."Directing: Ang Lee, "Life of Pi."
11:34: "Life of Pi" director Ang Lee gets the Academy Award for achievement in direction.
11:25: Tarantino wins best original screenplay for "Django Unchained"
'Skyfall' theme wins Oscar for best song: Adele's "Skyfall" has won the Academy Award for best original song, a first for a James Bond theme. While 007 themes have long been a beloved movie tradition, they've never before won an Oscar. Three previous Bond tunes were nominated: "For Your Eyes Only," ''Nobody Does It Better," and "Live and Let Die."
The Oscar extends Adele's award show dominance, leaving only an Emmy eluding her of the major American awards. She accepted the Oscar with producer Paul Epworth, with whom she wrote the lyrics and composed the music.
11:06: Why was Kristen Stewart limping? Anne Hathaway, holding her new Oscar, ran into Kristen Stewart, who was on crutches, backstage.
"Oh no!" Hathaway said.
"I know, I'm an idiot," Stewart replied. "But congratulations!"
"Please tell me you're going on stage with those," Hathaway said, pointing to the crutches.
"Nope. I'm gonna hobble," Stewart said.
"Well, break a leg," Hathaway said. "Oops."
Stewart didn't say why she's using crutches.
10:50: The Oscar for achievement in production design goes to "Lincoln"
10:40: Adele just finished singing the "Skyfall" theme song, but did not receive a standing ovation.
10:21: And the Oscar for best supporting actress goes to Anne Hathaway for her role in "Les Miserables".
9:56: With an introduction from John Travolta, Catherine Zeta Jones takes the stage to sing "All That Jazz"
9:50: "Amour" wins best foreign film. Michael Haneke's brutal depiction of an aging couple, "Amour," has won the Academy Award for best foreign language film. It's the second time an Austrian film has won the best foreign language film award, following "The Counterfeiters" in 2008.
Bassey gives stunning performance: For all the sparkling young starlets and the edgy new host, it was none other than Dame Shirley Bassey who truly set the joint on fire early in the Oscar telecast.
The 76-year-old singer's rendition of the theme from "Goldfinger" — or, as she sang so memorably, "GoldfinGAH" — won the biggest ovation of the night so far, and was a feel-good moment of the evening.
Bassey, who recorded the song in the '60s to great acclaim, reprised it as part of the Academy's 50th anniversary tribute to the James Bond franchise.
On social networks, as people were debating vigorously how the telecast was going, there was no question as to how Bassey did: She was an unqualified hit. Minutes after the performance, the singer and her song were trending on Twitter.
Adele, who was to perform her "Skyfall" theme later in the show, had her work cut out for her.
9:33: "Curfew" wins best live action short film. Award was presented by Jaime Foxx and Kerry Washington.
9:10: "Life of Pi" wins best visual effects and cinematography.
9:01: Pixar's Scottish adventure "Brave" has won the Academy Award for best animated feature film. The win extends Pixar's domination of the category, marking its seventh win since the award was first handed out in 2002. "Brave," Pixar's first film with a female protagonist, didn't garner the kind of critical or popular support that movies like "WALL-E" and "Up" did.
But "Brave" still managed to win over Walt Disney's arcade game fantasy "Wreck-It Ralph," which many expected to take the award. Either way was a victory for Disney, which bought Pixar in 2006.
The other nominees Sunday night were Tim Burton's Mary Shelley homage "Frankenweenie," the stop-motion ghost story "ParaNorman," and the stop-motion sea voyage "The Pirates! Band of Misfits."
8:55: Best animated short film goes to "Paperman".
8:48: Christoph Waltz really owes Quentin Tarantino. Waltz won his second supporting-actor Academy Award on Sunday for a Tarantino film, this time as a genteel bounty hunter in the slave-revenge saga "Django Unchained."
In a choked voice, Waltz offered thanks to his character and "to his creator and the creator of his awe-inspiring world, Quentin Tarantino."
William Shatner made a guest appearance as his "Star Trek" character Capt. James Kirk, appearing on a giant screen above the stage during MacFarlane's monologue, saying he came back in time to stop the host from ruining the Oscars.
"Your jokes are tasteless and inappropriate, and everyone ends up hating you," said Shatner, who revealed a headline supposedly from the next day's newspaper with a headline reading, "Seth MacFarlane worst Oscar host ever."
8:11: Joaquin Phoenix didn't waste any time getting into the Dolby Theatre, and the Oscar-nominated actor's dash across the red carpet didn't go unnoticed. Red carpet host Chris Connelly heckled Phoenix, who has criticized the awards show, as he rushed by, sayings he was "setting him new speed records." He then added, "You should be at the (NFL) combine," a reference to the athletic tests NFL recruits go through.
8:04: It's always fun to hear what Jennifer Lawrence has to say — even if you have to lip read because she's being bleeped. The bleeping started early for the charmingly blunt Lawrence, a best actress nominee for "Silver Linings Playbook," as ABC silenced her cheeky red-carpet response to actress Kristin Chenoweth. The two were bonding over "Dance Moms," the Lifetime reality series, when Lawrence asked Chenoweth if she liked it too.
Chenoweth: "Is the pope Catholic?"
Lawrence: "... ?" (We can't print her reply here, but the reference was to something a bear does in the woods.)
And the night, as they say, was still very young. Stay tuned!
7:56: The Oscar bleacher fans get a wave from some of the stars, like Jane Fonda, and a peace sign from others, like Channing Tatum. Then there are those who pull out all the stops. Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter paused on the red carpet to pose for pictures for star-struck fans.
Melissa McCarthy stopped to beam and wave at every section of the bleachers, all but ignoring the professional photographers surrounding her. Jessica Chastain blew the crowd a kiss. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt topped it all off with an appreciative bow to his audience.
7:12: Channing Tatum was one of the fan favorites as he strode down Oscar's red carpet. Separated from the crowd by a rope line, the "Magic Mike" star didn't hesitate to return some of the love. He quickly flashed the crowd a peace sign. Then it was into the Dolby Theatre, without hardly breaking stride.
6:51: Even the food gets the red-carpet treatment at the Academy Awards. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck rolled a tray out onto the carpet to show off just a few of the goodies that will be served at the annual Governor's Ball following the show. Making the scene were baked potatoes with caviar, smoked salmon, chicken pot pie with truffle, Kobe steak, sushi, sashimi and of course Puck's famous gold-dusted chocolate Oscar statuettes. "It's going to be the greatest party ever," he said.