Monday, February 28, 2011

83rd Annual Academy Awards winners (or who took home the Oscars)...

So after a fairly mediocre year in film, where studios seemingly kept their best until last, Hollywood's most prestigious event is once again over, but who took home the Oscars you ask.
Giant gold Oscar Statue
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards Ceremony was a bit of a mixed bag this year. Recipient speeches were a bit lackluster, Anne Hathaway was wonderful, but James Franco a little stiff as the youngest Oscar hosts in history and even the dresses on the red carpet were a little underwhelming.
83rd Annual Academy Awards
Luckily the sun came out in L.A. (unlike last year), the show didn't seem to run overlong and best of all, it appeared that the most deserving films and actors won the coveted Oscars.

BEST PICTURE: THE KING'S SPEECH
LEADING ACTOR: COLIN FIRTH (THE KING'S SPEECH)
DIRECTING: TOM HOOPER (THE KING'S SPEECH)
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: THE KING'S SPEECH
The King's Speech movie billboard
Arriving at the Oscars with 12 nominations, The King's Speech was deservingly crowned winner of four of the best Academy Awards, Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Original Screenplay.

Hoorah for Colin Firth, but it's such a shame that Geoffrey Rush couldn't make it a double acting Oscar victory for his equally amazing performance.

Jenny Beavan was also nominated this year for Costume Design, be sure to check out her original costumes from The King's Speech.

CINEMATOGRAPHY: INCEPTION
VISUAL EFFECTS: INCEPTION
SOUND EDITING: INCEPTION
SOUND MIXING: INCEPTION
Inception Oscar movie billboard
Another big winner on the evening was Inception, which has been mostly overlooked this award season, and the mind-bending sci-fi thriller took home four Oscars, for Cinematography, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

If you love the movie, be sure to check out these original props and costumes from Inception.

FILM EDITING: THE SOCIAL NETWORK
ORIGINAL SCORE: THE SOCIAL NETWORK
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: THE SOCIAL NETWORK
The Social network movie billboard
Next up the Facebook movie sensation, The Social Network took home three Oscars for Film Editing, Original Score and Adapted Screenplay, all well deserved in each category.

ART DIRECTION: ALICE IN WONDERLAND
COSTUME DESIGN: COLLEEN ATWOOD (ALICE IN WONDERLAND)
Colleen Atwood Alice in Wonderland movie dresses
Disney and Tim Burton's live-action Alice in Wonderland nabbed two Academy Awards, one for Art Direction and the other for Costume Design for Colleen Atwood (who also previously won for Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago).


LEADING ACTRESS: NATALIE PORTMAN (BLACK SWAN)
Black Swan UK tube poster
Congratulations to Natalie Portman for winning the Best Leading Actress award, it's well deserved and I would have been equally happy for her or Annette Bening to have won.


SUPPORTING ACTOR: CHRISTIAN BALE (THE FIGHTER)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: MELISSA LEO (THE FIGHTER)
The Fighter movie costume display
It's was a double-whammy for boxing drama The Fighter last night, with both supporting Oscars going to the same film. Melissa Leo and Christian Bale were phenomenal and unrecognisable in the movie, so it's no real surprise.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: TOY STORY 3
BEST ORIGINAL SONG: WE BELONG TOGETHER (TOY STORY 3)
Woody Toy Story 3 billboard
Toy Story 3, the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, took home the esteemed animated feature prize and Randy Newman won his second Oscar for original song after his previous success with Monsters, Inc.

BEST MAKE-UP: THE WOLFMAN
Animatronic werewolf The Wolfman movie
Rick Baker and Dave Elsey won the Oscar for Best Make-Up for their work on The Wolfman remake.

if you're a fan of special effects, check out more of their werewolf make-up and prosthetics from The Wolfman.
83rd Oscar statue
And for the remaining categories, In a Better World took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, The Lost Thing won Best Animated Short, God of Love won Best Live Action Short Film, Inside Job took the award for Best Documentary and Strangers No More for Best Documentary Short.
83rd Oscars Hollywood Boulevard
Once again I enjoyed watching the awards ceremony and the only disappointment seemed to be on the red carpet beforehand, where for all those celebrities only a handful were interviewed or a small number of frocks highlighted. Do better next year ABC.
83rd Oscars Hollywood
Here's to a fantastic year in film for 2011...

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