In a case of history repeating itself, Ang Lee nabbed the directing Oscar for his film "Life of Pi" at the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, beating Steven Spielberg as he did back in 2006 when the two were last nominated.
Back then, Lee's work on "Brokeback Mountain" bested Spielberg's drama "Munich." This time, Lee beat him for his work on "Lincoln."
Lee, 59, also bested Austrian Michael Haneke ("Amour"), Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") and David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook").
"Life of Pi," based on Yann Martel's bestseller, centers on a boy's survival in the ocean after a tragic shipwreck. The film, which cost $120 million, has grossed more than $111 million domestically and $465 million overseas.