Sunday, February 27, 2011

83rd Annual Academy Awards - winners

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held their 83rd Academy Awards ceremony tonight in Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted the event and they were decent but somewhat awkward and uninspired.

The big winner of the night was The King's Speech, which won Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth) and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler). Colin Firth was nominated last year for A Single Man. The King's Speech had received 12 nominations to lead the field and was considered the favourite.

But Inception also won four awards. It won for Cinematography (Wally Pfister), Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Visual Effects. The victory for Pfister was something of an upset, as Roger Deakins (True Grit) has been nominated nine times by the Academy and has yet to win.

True Grit had been second with nominations with ten, but went home empty-handed. Other Best Picture nominees which didn't win end up winning anything were The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours and Winter's Bone.

The Social Network
won for Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Editing and Best Original Score.

Toy Story 3 won for Animated Feature Film. It also won Best Song for “We Belong Together” from by Randy Newman.

The Fighter was also a double winner, taking both supporting acting awards for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. Leo's rambling speech provided a jolt, however, when she let loose with an unintended "fuck."

A very pregnant Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her bravura performance in Black Swan. It was the film's only win.

Alice and Wonderland took the awards for Best Costume and Best Art Direction. These awards were somewhat surprising as the film was not very good and was also visually unappealing.

The Academy managed to avoid any controversy around the possible appearance by Banksy when the award for Documentary went to the very deserving Inside Job. Director Charles Ferguson reminded the audience that the financial collapse of 2008 has still not resulted in any bankers or perpetrators doing any jail time.

The Best Foreign Language Film Oscar went to Susanne Bier's In a Better World from Denmark. It also won the Golden Globe Award in this category.

Complete list of winners for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards

Best Picture
The King's Speech, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

The King's Speech, Tom Hooper

Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth in The King's Speech

Actress in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman in Black Swan

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale in The Fighter

Actress in a Supporting Role
Melissa Leo in The Fighter

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

Writing (Original Screenplay)
The King's Speech, Screenplay by David Seidler

Foreign Language Film
In a Better World, Denmark

Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich

Documentary (Feature)
Inside Job, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

Documentary (Short Subject)
Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon

Short Film (Animated)
The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

Short Film (Live Action)
God of Love, Luke Matheny

Inception, Wally Pfister

Film Editing
The Social Network, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland; Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara

Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood

The Wolfman, Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)
The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)
“We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Sound Editing
Inception, Richard King

Sound Mixing
Inception, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

Visual Effects
Inception, Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

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