David O. Russell directed the film about characters battling mental illness. Russell took home best director and best screenplay honors, while Jennifer Lawrence won for best actress.
It was also a successful night for "The Sessions." Helen Hunt won best supporting actress and John Hawkes won best actor for his portrayal of a polio survivor who wants to lose his virginity.
The best supporting actor award went to Matthew McConaughey for his role as a male stripper in "Magic Mike."
"I had to take my pants off to win a trophy," McConaughey said.
Now it's on to Oscar Sunday, with some momentum behind "Silver Linings Playbook."
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The Oscars will air live on ABC7 on Feb. 24.
Oscar Sunday lineup:
- 1:30 p.m.: On The Red Carpet at The Oscars
- 4 p.m.: The Oscars Red Carpet Live
- 3:30 p.m.: The Oscars
- 8:30 p.m.: On The Red Carpet at The Oscars
- 10 p.m.: Jimmy Kimmel Live
- 11 p.m.: Eyewitness News