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In 2006, Lee beat Steven Spielberg to take home the Oscar for Brokeback Mountain.
On Sunday, Lee also won over Michael Haneke of Amour, Benh Zeitlin of Beasts of the Southern Wild, and David O. Russell of Silver Linings Playbook to win the golden statuette.
Life of Pi is an adventure tale featuring a young man named Young Pi, who is the son of zookeepers in Pondicherry, India. He finds the world he knows swept away when his family sells the zoo and sets sail for Canada with a few of its remaining animals.
When a storm capsizes the ship, only Pi escapes and sets adrift in a lifeboat that is also the refuge of an enormous Bengal tiger.
The film, shot entirely in 3D also earned top prizes for cinematography, score and visual effects. It’s the first time a director has won for a 3-D film.
The 59-year-old Taiwanese film director previously directed Sense and Sensibility in 1995 and the stellar Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which won the Best Foreign Film category at the Oscars in 2000.
That film renewed Hollywood’s appreciation for Chinese lore, martial arts, and film-making.
BRICS Post and Xinhua