The Night that was Oscar

It was true Hollywood royalty night at the Oscars where “The King’s Speech” was honored with Best Picture crown.

Both young hosts were light and entertaining. James Franco commented that Anne Hathaway looked pretty and hip.“Thanks James,” Hathaway replied. “You look appealing to a younger demographic, too.” It was a daring surprise when Franco appeared in a Marilyn Monroe getup.

As predicted, Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan) brought home the acting gold.  ”I have a feeling my career’s just peaked,” Firth quipped. Pregnant Portman was glowing and gracious in her acceptance speech.

Christian Bale and Melissa Leo put “The Fighter” on the forefront by taking home the supporting acting prizes. “I’m not going to drop the F-bomb like she did. I’ve done that plenty before,” Bale joked, referring to Leo’s censored speech moments before.  Earlier Kirk Douglas provided a prolonged laugh by repeatedly delaying the announcement of the supporting actress winner.

While David Fincher (The Social Network) was a critics-favorite to win for Best Director, it’s no surprise the Academy Awards went with Tom Hooper, (The King’s Speech).  It’s been the tradition to grant Best Director to the director who directed Best Picture, “The King’s Speech.”

The 83rd Academy Award winners:

Best Motion Picture

“The King’s Speech“

Best Performance by an Actor

Colin Firth – “The King’s Speech“

Best Performance by an Actress

Natalie Portman – “Black Swan“

Best Director

Tom Hooper – “The King’s Speech“

Best Cinematography

Wally Pfister – “Inception“

Best Original Screenplay

David Seidler – “The King’s Speech“

Best Adapted Screenplay

Aaron Sorkin – “The Social Network“

Best Editing

Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall – ”The Social Network“

Best Original Score

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – “The Social Network“

Best Sound Mixing

Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo, Ed Novick – “Inception“

Best Sound Editing

Richard King – “Inception“

Best Visual Effects

Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin – “Inception“

Best Documentary – Feature

Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs – “Inside Job“

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale – “The Fighter”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Melissa Leo – “The Fighter”

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