Oscars 2011 Winners: ‘King’s Speech’ Rules the Night

The 83rd Academy Awards belonged to The King’s Speech, which won four Oscars from its 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Original Screnplay.

Big Winners: Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Melissa Leo and Colin Firth pose with their Academy Awards

“The King’s Speech” entered the biggest night in Hollywood as the clear front-runner to win top honors and did not stumble at the 83rd Academy Awards, nabbing four wins out of 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director (Tom Hooper), and Original Screnplay (David Seidler).

“Inception” ended up roping in four wins as well, one better than “The Social Network,” which lost out in all the major categories after beginning awards season as a potential dominant Oscar presence yet losing momentum over the past month. Other winning films were “The Fighter,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Toy Story 3,” each of which got two awards.

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman claimed the Best Actor and Actress awards for their performances in “The King’s Speech” and “Black Swan,” whilst the Best Supporting Actor and Actresses gongs went to Melissa Leo and Christian Bale for their incredible roles in “The Fighter.”

“The King’s Speech” star Colin Firth could have begun penning his Best Actor acceptance speech months ago. When he finally got the chance late in the night, he began, “I have a feeling my career has just peaked” and ended, again self-deprecatingly, “And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some impulses I have to attend to backstage.”

A very pregnant “Black Swan” star Natalie Portman swept aside six-time nominee Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”) for Best Actress. Entirely more serious than she was at the Golden Globes, when she laughed about getting to sleep with baby-daddy Benjamin Millepied, Portman instead ran through a dizzying list of thank-yous, acknowledging everyone from her parents to her publicists to director Darren Aronofsky.

Perhaps the most emotional speech of the night was made by 73-year-old David Seidler.  The London-born writer’s Oscar win was a crowning achievement for a man who overcame a debilitating stutter as a child.  He was born in 1936, seven months before King George VI took the British throne and as a young boy he listened as the King took to the airwaves to rally the empire to face Nazi Germany.

In 1982 he wrote to the then Queen Mother asking her permission to tell the story but she asked him to wait until her death. After accepting his Oscar he said: “I accept this on behalf of all the stutterers in the world. We have a voice. We have been heard.”

The biggest surprise of the evening was Tom Hooper’s Best Director Award, which was tipped to go to The Social Network’s David Fincher. Fincher had been previously overlooked at the 2009 awards for his stunning direction in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. Danny Boyle instead won the award.

Here’s the full list of winners from The 83rd Academy Awards: [via The Telegraph (UK) and Inside Movies and MTV]

Best Picture

Winner: “The King’s Speech”
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“True Grit”
“Winter’s Bone”

Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner: Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role

Winner: Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner: Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”


Winner: “The King’s Speech,” Tom Hooper
“Black Swan,” Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter,” David O. Russell
“The Social Network,” David Fincher
“True Grit,” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Animated Feature Film

Winner: “Toy Story 3,” Lee Unkrich
“How to Train Your Dragon,” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist,” Sylvain Chomet

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Winner: “The Social Network,” screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“127 Hours,” screenplay by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
“Toy Story 3,” screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit,” written for the screen by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
“Winter’s Bone,” adapted for the screen by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Winner: “The King’s Speech,” screenplay by David Seidler
“Another Year,” written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter,” screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson; story by Keith Dorrington, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
“Inception,” written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right,” written by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

Art Direction

Winner: “Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“The King’s Speech”
“True Grit”


Winner: “Inception,” Wally Pfister
“Black Swan,” Matthew Libatique
“The King’s Speech,” Danny Cohen
“The Social Network,” Jeff Cronenweth
“True Grit,” Roger Deakins

Costume Design

Winner: “Alice in Wonderland,” Colleen Atwood
“I Am Love,” Antonella Cannarozzi
“The King’s Speech,” Jenny Beavan
“The Tempest,” Sandy Powell
“True Grit” Mary Zophres

Documentary (Feature)

Winner: “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Exit through the Gift Shop,” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
“Gasland,” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
“Restrepo,” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
“Waste Land,” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)

Winner: “Strangers No More”
“Killing in the Name”
“Poster Girl”
“Sun Come Up”
“The Warriors of Qiugang”

Film Editing

Winner: “The Social Network”
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The King’s Speech”
“127 Hours”

Foreign Language Film

Winner: “In a Better World,” Denmark
“Biutiful,” Mexico
“Dogtooth,” Greece
“Incendies,” Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi),” Algeria


Winner: “The Wolfman,” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
“Barney’s Version,” Adrien Morot
“The Way Back,” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng

Music (Original Score)

Winner: “The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
“How to Train Your Dragon,” John Powell
“Inception,” Hans Zimmer
“The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours,” A.R. Rahman

Music (Original Song)

Winner: “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong,” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from “Tangled,” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours,” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

Short Film (Animated)

Winner: “The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Day & Night,” Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let’s Pollute,” Geefwee Boedoe
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)

Winner: “God of Love,” Luke Matheny
“The Confession,” Tanel Toom
“The Crush,” Michael Creagh
“Na Wewe,” Ivan Goldschmidt
“Wish 143,” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Sound Editing

Winner: “Inception,” Richard King
“Toy Story 3,” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
“Tron: Legacy,” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
“True Grit,” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
“Unstoppable,” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing

Winner: “Inception,” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
“The King’s Speech,” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
“Salt,” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
“The Social Network,” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
“True Grit,” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Visual Effects

Winner: “Inception,” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
“Alice in Wonderland,” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
“Hereafter,” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
“Iron Man 2,” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

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