Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence have won the Academy Awards for best actor and best actress respectively for their authentic performances in ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.

Lewis spent a year preparing for “Lincoln,” and, in his customary method, remained in character during the production. His widely-expected Oscar win further cements his status as the most admired actor currently working.

The other nominees Sunday night were Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings Playbook“), Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables“), Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master“) and Denzel Washington (“Flight”).

Lawrence, who established herself as a box office superstar with ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise, won the Oscar voters’ affection with her grabby, comedic and very quirky character of Tiffany, a young widow in a shaky new relationship with a man fresh from a mental hospital.

“This is embarrassing... It is nuts...thank you to the Academy, to the women this year. Thank you to the best production team, our crew and my family... Thank you so much,” said Lawrence as she accepted her trophy. The actress had an embarrassing moment as she fell down while climbing the stairs to accept her trophy.