King’s Speech Reigns Supreme

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It was a great night for British film last night as The King’s Speech triumph over Oscars rivals being crowned best picture and Colin Firth taking he gong for best actor. Firth told the audience at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles “I have a feeling my career has just peaked. My deepest thanks to the academy.”

“I’m afraid I have to warn you that I’m experiencing stirrings somewhere in the upper abdominals which are threatening to form themselves into dance moves which joyous as they may be for me, it would be extremely problematic if they make it to my legs before I get off stage.”

Firth thanked his British fans, paying tribute to “all the people who have been rooting for me back home” and thanked his wife whom he said had put up with his “fleeting delusions of royalty”.

In total, from 12 nominations, it claimed four of the biggies. Tom Hooper took best director and David Seidler, a childhood stutterer himself, rounded it off with best original screenplay. Seidler, who is 74, noted that he was the oldest person ever to win the original screenplay Oscar, and revealed “My father always said I would be a late bloomer”.

In other categories, Natalie Portman danced away with the best actress award for Black Swan, stating “This is insane… I’m so grateful to do the job that I do”. While David O Russell’s The Fighter won the best supporting award for Christian Bale and supporting actress award for Melissa Leo.

Inception also claimed 4 Oscars, The Social Network picked up three. Toy Story 3, The Fighter and Alice in Wonderland all won two apiece. 

The complete winner list is as follows:

Best Picture
The King’s Speech, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

Achievement in directing
The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper

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

Achievement in Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland

Achievement in Cinematography
Inception, Wally Pfister

Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood

Documentary (Feature)
Inside Job, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

Documentary (Short Subject)
Strangers No More

Film Editing
The Social Network

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

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

Writing (Original Screenplay)
The King’s Speech, Screenplay by David Seidler

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