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The 83rd Academy Awards was last night, and if you didn't watch along with us during our live commentary you should know that it was a night filled with awkward moments and uncomfortable jokes while the Academy's "hip and new" ceremony quickly became "stale and tired". Host Anne Hathaway did her best to exude unending cheerfulness while her co-host James Franco... well, yes. He showed up.
In a night that will probably be best remembered for Kirk Douglas proving he's still alive (and boy is he alive!), former host Billy Crystal outstaging the new hosts, and actress Melissa Leo dropping an F-Bomb during her speech (which should at least get her an honorary mention here), here is an overview of the winners for the 2011 Academy Awards:
Best Picture: 'The King's Speech'
Winning against the whopping nine other nominees in the category and taking home four Oscars over the course of the evening, Bedlam Productions' 'The King's Speech' won the evening's top honor. Directed by Tom Hooper and starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush, 'The King's Speech' tells the story of King George VI - a nervous stutterer who ascends to the throne and his unorthodox attempts to cure his speech impediment with the help of a language therapist. The film has garnered critical acclaim worldwide, and now adds this award to it's list of accolades.
Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth, 'The King's Speech'
Beating out five time Oscar nominee Jeff Bridges as well as host James Franco, British actor Colin Firth won the award for his brilliant portrayal of King George VI - a nervous monarch with a stutter who seeks the help of a language therapist and through their bond comes into his own as a ruler. This is the first time the actor has won the prestigious award.
Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman, 'Black Swan'
While there were many talented actresses nominated for this award, Natalie Portman indisputably deserved to win for her tragic role as an uptight and repressed ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's 'Black Swan'. Her nuanced performance about a young woman slowly unraveling into psychotic hallucinations and paranoia was one of the most memorable performances of the year and set her apart from her fellow nominees. This is also the first time she has won an Academy Award.
Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale, 'The Fighter'
Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo, 'The Fighter'
Completely overshadowing their lead actors, both Christian Bale and Melissa Leo brought their considerable talents to the David O. Russell film about a down-and-out boxer (played by Mark Wahlberg) and his dysfunctional family that kept him down. Bale, as the irascible brother Dicky, stole nearly every scene he was in while Melissa Leo also put forth an impressive performance as their overbearing mother.
Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3
C'mon, who didn't see this coming? At this point, the Academy should really just rename this award "The Pixar". Since the category was added in 2001, Pixar has been nominated for every film it's made since then and has won the award 6 out of 8 times. 'Monsters, Inc.' lost to the original 'Shrek' in 2001 and later in 2006, 'Cars' lost to 'Happy Feet'... which you'd think would tell Pixar something about the Cars franchise.
Other Notable Awards:
Directing: Tom Hooper 'The King's Speech'
Cinematography: Wally Pfister, 'Inception'
Makeup: Rick Baker and Dave Elsey, 'The Wolfman'
Original Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, 'The Social Network'
Original Song: Randy Newman for "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3
Visual Effects: 'Inception'
Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin for 'The Social Network'
Original Screenplay: David Seidler 'The King's Speech'