The King’s Speech reigns at the Oscars

Firth takes Best Actor, Hooper bags Director...

The King’s Speech came out on top at yesterday’s 83rd Academy Awards - but only just, earning itself four of the golden baldies, including the coveted Best Picture gong.

In a disappointingly conservative ceremony, the biggest surprise turned out to be that The King’s Speech only took home four awards despite being nominated for 12.

But it grabbed the ones that counted, mostly, with Colin Firth finally earning the Best Actor gong that was snaffled from him last year (by Jeff Bridges). Tom Hooper snatched the Best Director award, while his film also earned the Best Original Screenplay trophy.

Elsewhere, Natalie Portman bagged Best Actress for her virtuoso turn in Black Swan, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo’s performances in The Fighter earned them both Best Supporting statuettes, and Toy Story 3 won Best Animated Feature.

Happily, Inception wasn’t overlooked (despite that controversial Best Director nom snub for Chris Nolan), earning a clutch of technical prizes – four in total.

Meanwhile, The Social Network scooped three awards including Best Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay (for Aaron Sorkin) and Best Score - for Trent Reznor’s innovative, atmospheric and much-deserving soundtrack.

For the full list of winners, see below…

BEST PICTURE: The King’s Speech

BEST DIRECTOR: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

BEST ACTOR: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

BEST ACTRESS: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christian Bale, The Fighter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Toy Story 3

BEST ART DIRECTION: Alice in Wonderland

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Inception

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Alice in Wonderland

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Inside Job

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Strangers No More

BEST EDITING: The Social Network

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: In a Better World

BEST MAKE-UP: The Wolfman

BEST SCORE: The Social Network

BEST SONG: Toy Story 3

BEST ANIMATED SHORT: The Lost Thing

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT: God of Love

BEST SOUND EDITING: Inception

BEST SOUND MIXING: Inception

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Inception

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Social Network

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The King’s Speech
 

Think King's Speech deserved more wins? Or was this a fair spread? Tell us your thoughts below...

Comments

    • LiliElza26

      Feb 28th 2011, 11:23

      I was actually disappointed with The King's Speech winning best picture..all the others it won (maybe even Tom Hooper for best director) were very much deserved but..best film of the year? Don't think so. To be honest I wanted Toy Story 3 to win all along, as odd as it sounds. Just because it's animation doesn't mean it can't win best motion picture..and I think it was the most original film of 2010, as none of the films I've seen (I've seen many) portrayed the loss of childhood so well. That's my opinion :)

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 28th 2011, 12:29

      Well who would have predicted it? Only the media and anyone with half an interest in Movies. FIlms about Royals have always been catnip to the Oscars, it was a safe choice, like The English Patient which no-one can remember a single line from but pleased the crusty old Oscar voters anyway. But at least there was none of the Chicago / Shakespeare in Love / Crash larceny or the 'they're-old-so- lets-give-them-an-Oscar-for-one-of-his-weaker-works-before-they-die' (see Pacino or Scorsese) which is a good thing in my book. Anyway like I said before anyone who was nominated was worthy of the prize so well done to all the winners! Oh and next year make Billy Crystal host... comedians not actors are natural entertainers.

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    • DanRose

      Feb 28th 2011, 14:47

      I thought Franco and Hathaway in particular we not bad... she's got something about her... Franco maybe a little too dry... but it could have been a lot worse... they even shorten the dancing and singing numbers! I don't think The Kings Speech should have won Best Film or Director... personally Nolan and Inception but as Nolan was not even nominated I thought Fincher would have been in with a shout... Film could have been any of the others really, I guess The Kings Speech just is not my cup of tea... Not a a bad awards ceremony though and an improvement I thought

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    • KingClash

      Feb 28th 2011, 17:45

      In my modest opinion Winter's bone was absolutely great and should have won at least best picture, and maybe even best actress. I'm glad Alice in wonderland and Inception also won some of the statues, but it was very predictable thet the king's speech would win the more important ones.

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    • MadMatt

      Feb 28th 2011, 23:47

      I'm beginning to think that 'performance art' is James Franco's term for cocking about.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 1st 2011, 2:48

      James Franco was bizarre, he had this weird grin throughout the ceremony and was almost statuesque the whole night. There's no question James was as high as a kite. The Charlie Sheen line was funny though. It's not enough that the Academy snubbed Christopher Nolan for a best director nomination but to lose the original screenplay to The Kings Speech was a slap in the face. Sorry NIN fans but Hans Zimmer was robbed, his score for Inception was outstanding. And WOW at Tom Hooper winning best director, yet again the Academy fails to acknowledge a talented director in David Fincher during his prime.

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    • dban23

      Mar 2nd 2011, 12:33

      According to this, Colin Forth didn't actually win an Oscar... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m04ChVU09FM ;-)

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    • HarleyquinnLove

      Mar 18th 2011, 21:40

      How to train your dragon should have won best annimated feature. Toy story had its reign with the first 2 films then a 3rd. This awesome movie will never be nominated again.. also the music in it was incredible (speaking from someone who plays for a symphony), it should have won for best original score. i was very disapointed in the oscars accept for inception and natalie portman. kingspeech should not have won best picture...it didnt deserve it!

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