They were favourites to win, but victory was still ever so sweet for Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway and Adele at the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday night.
And as these photos show, after accepting their accolades, the winners couldn't wait to share their joy with each other backstage.
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She dreamed a dream: Anne Hathaway was inspired to become an actress by watching her mother play Fantine in a production of Les Miserables 24 years ago; now she's got the Oscar for the same role
We did it guys! Daniel Day-Lewis holds his Oscar for Best Actor, Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway hold their Oscars for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively and Austrian actor Christophe Waltz holds his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor
Leading ladies: Keeping their Oscars tight to their chests, Anne and Jennifer chat excitedly
Comparing notes: Academy Award winners Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway catch up
But nobody could have predicted one rather spectacular fall from grace by Jennifer Lawrence.
The Silver Linings Playbook star, 23, took a rather embarrassing tumble as she made her way up onto the stage to collect the gong for best actress.
When she finally made it to the podium after the slip up, she handled the situation with aplomb.
'Thank you so much,' she told the crowd, who gave her a standing ovation. 'This is nuts. You guys are only standing up because I fell and you feel bad. That was embarrassing.'
The rest of the night was full of tears and triumph as Tinseltown celebrated its biggest night of the year.
Don't trip! Daniel keeps a close eye on Jennifer as she leaves the stage in the press room, preventing a repeat of her earlier mishap
Living the fairytale: Jennifer, in her huge puffball Dior gown, saw her dreams come true at just 22
Couldn't be happier: Despite her earlier fall, Jennifer and Anne are obviously delighted to be winners
Anne Hathaway summed up the magic of the night for those that won when she accepted the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as the doomed Fantine in Les Miserables by exclaiming: 'It came true!' as she clasped the gold statuette.
Because she really did dream a dream... and it really did come true.
Hathaway, who looked incredible in Prada, wanted to star in Les Misérables aged six, and it set her on the path to becoming an actress... so it was a doubly poignant moment.
She made a point of thanking her co-star Hugh Jackman, and her husband Adam Shulman. 'It was the best moment of my life when you walked into it,' she told the man she married in California's Big Sur last year.
The Oscar win is the apogee of a winning streak for the 30-year-old actress, who has won a plethora of honors for her short performance in the musical.
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