And so it came to pass that, once more, the Oscars went with a film that was very much within its comfort zone. Taking home the gongs for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, The King’s Speech was the big winner at the 2011 Academy Awards.
Elsewhere, The Social Network won awards for its screenplay, its score, and its editing. The Fighter bagged a pair of best supporting trophies, while many awards went along with predictions. Thus, Natalie Portman won Best Actress, Toy Story 3 was Best Animation, Inception took a collection of technical prizes home (as well as a well deserved cinematography Oscar for Wally Pfister).
Inevitably, the debate has begun already as to where Oscar has gone right and wrong here. As I said in my predictions last Friday, I really like The King’s Speech, but giving it prizes for screenplay and direction, given what it was up against there, is veering very much on the side of generous. I do congratulate all involved, and massive credit to Tom Hooper simply for getting the project going. But if I was David Fincher, I’d be wondering what I had to do to get a Best Director statue. No quibbles whatsoever with Colin Firth, mind.
Still, I learned a while back that the best way to deal with some of the choices of the Oscars is to substitute the word ‘Best’ in the category award names for ‘Favourite’. That seems a lot more honest.
In case you missed it, here’s the full list of winners on the night. And if you want a crushing expose on who wore what fashion, and which dresses looked amazing, then you’re really on the wrong site…
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 Foreign Language Film In A Better World (Denmark)
Best Original Screenplay David Seidler (The King’s Speech)
Best Animation Toy Story 3
Best Adapted Screenplay Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)
Best Art Direction Alice In Wonderland
Best Cinematography Inception
Best Sound Mixing Inception
Best Sound Editing Inception
Best Original Song Toy Story 3
Best Original Score Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network)
Best Costumes Alice In Wonderland
Best Documentary Feature Inside Job
Best Documentary Short Strangers No More
Best Film Editing The Social Network
Best Animated Short Film The Lost Thing
Best Live Action Short Film God Of Love
Best Visual Effects Inception
Best Make-up The Wolfman
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