Lee says that a win in the director category feels like a win in the best picture category for both him and his cast: "Whether I get a best picture win or not, I'm still very proud. Maybe the third time we'll get it, but I'm very happy to win this." He was referring to his directing win in 2006 for "Brokeback Mountain," which like "Life of Pi" was nominated for best picture but didn't win.
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