Monday, February 28, 2011

83rd Annual Academy Awards Winners

Well, the Oscars have come and gone in a night of little surprises. Hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco carried audiences and nominees through the hoops of the 24 different award categories, which offered no surprises. More details and a full list of winners after the jump.

More than a month ago, when the awards season began, "The Social Network" was a major Best Picture favorite. Last night, both the Facebook biopic and its director, David Fincher, lost to recent favourite "The King's Speech" and director Tom Hooper. The story of a stammering king finished up with the dissapointing number of four wins, considering it was nominated in 12 categories. "Inception" tied the King's score with four wins in technical categories (Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects). "The Social Network" settled for only Best Adapted Screenplay, Original Score and Editing.

Firth, Portman, Bale and Leo earned their acting dues, as expected. Least expected was Melissa Leo's speech, which made the highlight of the evening, not for its cleverness or emotion, but for the use of a surprising F-Bomb. Quite a landmark in Oscar history. Her speech was also extremely theatrical and irritatingly phony. Pixar also ensured the evening went on with no surprises, as "Toy Story 3" predictably won for Best Animated Feature. Universally panned horror movie "The Wolfman" made it into the Oscar winners gallery with a statuette for Rick Baker's awesone makeup.

The low point of the Oscar show was supplied by its two young hosts. Unfortunately, though both very talented actors (Hathaway in particular has a great voice), they failed to be even remotely funny, which sunk the show in mediocrity. Franco was remarkably stiff, while his co-host simply drifted around over-compensating for her lack of experience as live host. Not even the usually humorous opening mash-up was very funny. The writers of the show's script probably have to take the blame as well. I remember when Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin did an Oscar sketch together which parodied "Paranormal Activity". Now, that was funny. This year's pair ensured that the show would go down in history as one of the most boring in Oscar history. Truly a shame.

Below is the full list of winners :

  • Best Picture: The King's Speech
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale, The Fighter
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
  • Director: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
  • Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King's Speech
  • Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
  • Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
  • Foreign-Language Film: In a Better World (Denmark)
  • Documentary Feature: Inside Job
  • Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
  • Cinematography: Inception
  • Film Editing: The Social Network
  • Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
  • Original Song: "We Belong Together" (Toy Story 3), music and lyrics by Randy Newman
  • Original Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
  • Animated Short: The Lost Thing
  • Documentary Short: Strangers No More
  • Live Action Short: God of Love
  • Makeup: The Wolfman
  • Sound Editing: Inception
  • Sound Mixing: Inception
  • Visual Effects: Inception


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