It was a great night for the Brits and especially The King’s Speech at the 83rd Academy awards as the British movie took the honors in all the major categories it was nominated for. That included the big one for Best Picture, Colin Firth for Best Actor, Tom Hooper as Best Director and David Seidler for Original Screenplay . The other British success was Christain Bale who took home the award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of washed up boxer Dickie Ecklund in The Fighter.
Colin Firth and Christain Bale were both odds on favorites going into the ceremony and they did not dissapoint, both taking home the golden statues for their amazing performances. The big surprise came when the award for Best Director was announced and it was Tom Hooper’s name that came out of the envelope, as it was widely tipped that he would be pipped to the post by David Fincher for The Social Network.
The best was saved till last though and at the end of the night Steven Speilberg said the magic words and presented The King’s Speech with the award for Best Picture, a fantastic achievement for British Cinema and everyone involved in the project.
The only dissapointments from a British standpoint came as Helena Bonham Carter lost out in the Best Supporting actress category to The Fighter’s Mellisa Leo and the Best Documentary award went to Inside Job beating out British street artist Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop.
Congratulations to all those all the winners (especially the British ones !!)
Best Picture – “The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
Actor in a Leading Role – Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
Actor in a Supporting Role – Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
Actress in a Leading Role – Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Actress in a Supporting Role – Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Animated Feature Film – “Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich
Art Direction – “Alice in Wonderland” Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
Cinematography – “Inception” Wally Pfister
Costume Design – “Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
Director – “The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper
Documentary (Feature) – “Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
Documentary (Short Subject) – “Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
Film Editing – “The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
Foreign Language Film – “In a Better World” Denmark
Makeup – “The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Music (Original Score) – “The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Music (Original Song) – “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″ Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Short Film (Animated) – “The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Short Film (Live Action) – “God of Love” Luke Matheny
Sound Editing – “Inception” Richard King
Sound Mixing – “Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
Visual Effects – “Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Adapted Screenplay – “The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Original Screenplay – “The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler