Academy Awards Winners 2011

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It was a royal night at the Oscars last night. The King’s Speech” was honored with Best Picture crown.

It’s incredible to see “Inception” finally received the major recognitions it deserves (no other sci-fi has ever been sitting as high on the Oscar ladder).

While David Fincher, “The Social Network” was a critics-favorite to win for Best Director, in many ways, it’s no surprise the Academy Awards went with Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech.”  It’s been the tradition (at least the majority of times) to grant Best Director to the director who directed Best Picture, “The King’s Speech.” Well-deserved, either way.

In the end, “Inception” is tied with “The King’s Speech” with four awards (albeit at a different level). And “The Social Network” three awards.

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.

The opening “virtual reality” movie set where James Franco and Anne Hathaway’s appearances are spliced into each of the 10 top movies running for Best Picture was highly creative.

Both young hosts were light and entertaining. Franco commented that 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.

If I could vote for next year’s hosts, however, number one has got to be Robert Downey, Jr. Jude Law was amusing next to him. If you have a chance to see RDJ present in person and interact (Comic-Con’s Hall H attendees know what I’m talking about!), it’s a real treat. He’s genuinely quick on his feet and can play off live banters really well. He’s also not afraid to make a mockery of himself and his checkered past. Sandra Bullock won me over too with her hysterical introductions of each of the nominated actors.

2010 was truly a phenomenal year for films! Let’s hope that 2011 will be at least as memorable.

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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Nathalia Aryani is a business manager, foreign language translator, lifestyle/travel writer and film columnist. She can be reached at Nathalia owns a movies blog, The MovieMaven (

Nathalia Aryani is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic ( She has a movie blog, The MovieMaven ( Twitter: @the_moviemaven. She can be reached at [email protected].

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