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'The King's Speech' Emerges as Big Winner at Oscars

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The big winner at Sunday's Academy Awards turned out to be The King's Speech, as the movie took home four awards on the night, including the award for best picture.

Natalie Portman won her first Oscar Sunday night, taking best actress honors for her role in Black Swan, while Colin Firth contributed to the tally for The King's Speech by winning the award for best actor.

In a self-deprecating and emotional speech, Firth joked, "I have a feeling my career has just peaked." With his typical British reserve, he said he was "experiencing stirrings" that were "threatening to turn into dance moves."

Firth thanked his wife, Livia, for the award and "everything good in my life," while the pregnant Portman thanked "my love," her fiancee and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millipied for giving "me my most important role of my life."

Tom Hooper, the director of The King's Speech, pulled off a surprising win over The Social Network director David Fincher. Speech, which led the number of nominations with 12, also won the award for best original screenplay, while The Social Network grabbed the gold statue for best adapted screenplay.

The Fighter co-stars Melissa Leo and Christian Bale were among the early winners, receiving Oscars for best supporting actress and best supporting actor.

Leo got the night off to a raucous beginning, when she dropped the F-bomb during her speech. When Bale accepted his award, he told the audience, "I'm not going to drop the F-bomb, like she did. I've done that plenty before." Both were expected to win after taking home the same awards at the Golden Globes. But some doubt had been cast on Leo, after the ads she took out in the Hollywood trades promoting herself backfired. Still, Leo pulled off the win in the end.

"This has been an extraordinary journey," Leo said about the award season. "It's about selling motion pictures and respecting the work."

Among those thanked by Bale in his acceptance speech was Dicky Ecklund, the washed-up fighter he played in The Fighter.

President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at the Oscars. During an introduction for best song, he cited "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca as his favorite movie theme song.

Later in the telecast, Randy Newman, who has been nominated 20 times and won once previously, received the Oscar for "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3. Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland took home the first Oscar for art direction. Cinematographer Wally Pfister won his first Oscar for Inception, and gave credit to Christopher Nolan, who was snubbed for a best director nomination. Inception took home several technical awards, for sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects. Pfister beat out perpetual nominee Roger Deakins, the cinematographer on True Grit. Deakins has yet to win an Oscar.

Toy Story 3, which was also nominated for best picture, won best animated feature.

The following is a list of Sunday night's winners:

Best Picture: The King's Speech.
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech 
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan 
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter 
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter 
Best Achievement in Directing: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech 
Foreign Language Film: In a Better World (Denmark)
Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King's Speech
Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Cinematography: Inception
Sound Mixing: Inception
Sound Editing: Inception
Original Score: The Social Network - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Original Song: "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 - Randy Newman
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Documentary (short subject): Strangers No More
Film Editing: The Social Network
Makeup: The Wolfman
Animated Short Film: The Lost Thing
Live Action Short Film: God of Love
Visual Effects: Inception

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The Oscars: 10 Best Backstage Moments

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) -- So we know who won the Oscars.  But what about the rest of the night?

The juiciest comments of the night were made not on blogs or Facebook or Twitter but in the press room behind the big show.

Backstage, Melissa Leo talked about her F-bomb drop, Colin Firth explained the matter that rushed him away from the mic, and Natalie Portman declared the name she almost certainly will not give her baby.

Here are the 10 best quotes from backstage:

Melissa Leo (winner: best supporting actress, The Fighter) on accidentally cursing during her acceptance speech: "I had no idea.  Those words, I apologize to anyone that they offend.  There's a great deal of the English language that's in my vernacular.  I really don't mean to offend and it was probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word in particular."

Natalie Portman (winner: best actress, Black Swan) on whether or not she'll name her first child "Oscar:" "I think that's probably definitely out of the question."

Portman on how motherhood might change her career: "I really can't say what's going to happen.  I have no idea what to expect.  It's just accepting that I have no idea."

Colin Firth (winner: best actor, The King's Speech) on what he'll do now that awards season is over: "I think I'm going to cook a lot.  I'm not particularly good at it...but it's a good way to decompress.  I'll probably be the only one eating it."

Firth on the "impulse" that rushed him offstage after he accepted his Oscar: "I don't think that this is the appropriate forum to display that sort of thing and anyone who's seen Mamma Mia will know what I'm talking about."

Firth on shouting expletives in The King's Speech: "I don't take this stuff lightly, but in the context of this film, it could not be more edifying, more appropriate.  It's not vicious, it's not to do with insult...It's a bad man trying to free himself through the use of forbidden words."

Christian Bale (winner: best supporting actor, The Fighter) on almost missing the Oscars because he went drinking before the show and arrived late: "They wouldn't let me in.  I was literally banging on the door with Dickey [Ecklund, on whom The Fighter is based] saying, 'Let us in!'...Now I know in case I ever make it back here."

David Seidler (winner: best original screenplay, The King's Speech) on what the award means to him as a former stutterer: "A fairly high ranking person called me the other day and wanted to talk ex-stutterer to ex-stutterer ... I've been flooded with the most wonderful emails and text messages from my fellow sutterers.  Because, I'm still a stutterer...To have these people tell me their personal stories really moves me to tears."

Aaron Sorkin (winner: best adapted screenplay, The Social Network) on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: "Mark, I think he's been an awfully good sport about all this.  I don't think anyone here would want a movie made about the things that they did when they were 19-years-old."

Tom Hooper (winner: best director, The King's Speech) on how he plans celebrate: "Well I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight, I have to be on Oprah at 10 a.m...I don't want to be the first person to go on Oprah drunk so I'll try to control myself."

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Results from the 2011 Academy Awards

Image Courtesy - ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- The 83rd annual Academy Awards was held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday night. The following is a list of this year's winners:

Best Motion Picture of the Year:
The King's Speech
This is a story about an Australian speech therapist helping the King of England with his speech impediment. The film stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter and has grossed over $100 million in the U.S. The film won a total of four awards on the night.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
Colin Firth: The King's Speech
In this film, Firth plays the role of King George VI, who enlists assistance from a speech therapist for aid with his stammering. Firth has been nominated twice, but this is his first win. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Natalie Portman: Black Swan
In the movie, Portman plays the role of Nina Sayers, a ballerina whose mental state becomes unstable after being cast as Swan Queen in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. This is Portman's first time winning an Oscar. 

Best Achievement in Directing:
Tom Hooper: The King's Speech
The film's tag line was "It takes leadership to confront a nation's fear. It takes friendship to conquer your own." 

Best Original Song:
Toy Story 3: Randy Newman ("We Belong Together")
The third installment of the popular toy film series sees Woody and company having to deal with their owner preparing to depart for college.

Best Achievement in Editing:
The Social Network: Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall
This film depicts how popular social networking website Facebook was founded.

Best Achievement in Visual Effects:
Inception: Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, & Paul Franklin
The mindblowing visual effects in this sci-fi film helped bring home the first Academy Award win for these four. 

Best Documentary, Features
Inside Job: Charles Ferguson & Audrey Marrs
Ferguson ended his acceptance speech on the night with some humor, saying, "Let the record show I'm not wearing jeans." 

Best Short Film, Live Action:
God of Love: Luke Matheny
In his acceptance speech for his first Oscar win, Matheny made sure he thanked his mom, NYU, and a host of others.

Best Documentary, Short Subjects:
Strangers No More: Karen Goodman & Kirk Simon
Goodman and Simon have each recieved four Oscar nominations, and this is their first time winning. 

Best Achievement in Costume Design:
Alice in Wonderland: Colleen Atwood
Atwood has been nominated nine times in this category, and this is her third time winning the award. She has won it in the past for the films Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago

Best Achievement in Makeup:
The Wolfman: Rick Baker & Dave Elsey
Baker has been nominated for a dozen oscars throughout his career, and this is the seventh gold statue he has taken home.

Best Achievement in Sound Editing:
Inception: Richard King
Richard King has now won a total of three Oscars throughout his career. 

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing:
Inception: Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo & Ed Novick
This is a sci-fi film about a thief, whose playground is the dreams of others.  

Best Original Score:
The Social Network: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
This is the first time these two have won an Academy Award. 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:
Christian Bale: The Fighter
In The Figher, Bale plays the role of Dicky Eklund, a former boxer who now manages his younger brother, Micky's boxing career.

Best Foreign Language Film:
In a Better World: Susan Bier (Denmark)
This is the third movie from Denmark to win the award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Best Original Screenplay:
The King's Speech: David Seidler
This film chronicles Britain's King George VI rise to the throne, and how a speech therapist helped the king in his role.

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Social Network: Aaron Sorkin
This film has grossed almost $100 million the U.S. 

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:
Toy Story 3 (2010): Lee Unkrich
This is the first Oscar win for Lee Unkrich.

Best Short Film, Animated:
The Lost Thing: Shaun Tan & Andrew Ruhemann
Tan and Ruheman emerged victorious after being nominated for the first time. 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:
Melissa Leo: The Fighter
This is Leo's first time as an Academy Award winner. She has been nominated two times.

Best Achievement in Cinematography:
Inception: Wally Pfister
Filming for Inception was done in six countries, including Canada, England, Morocco, France, Japan, and the U.S.

Best Achievement in Art Direction:
Alice in Wonderland: Robert Stromberg (Production Design); Karen O'Hara (Set Decoration)

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'The Social Network' and First-Time Winners Dominate Golden Globes

Photo Courtesy - Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Award shows can sometimes become set in their ways when it comes to honoring the same folks year after year, but that wasn't the case at Sunday night's 68th annual Golden Globe Awards.

First-time winners dominated in many of the categories, among them Christian Bale and Melissa Leo for The Fighter; Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch for Glee, as well as the show itself; Boardwalk Empire and its star, Steve Buscemi; Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory; and Katey Sagal for Sons of Anarchy.  Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor also won his first Golden Globe for Best Original Score for The Social Network.

The Social Network was the night's big winner, scooping four prizes, including Best Drama and Best Director for David Fincher.  But the movie, about the founding of Facebook, didn't score any acting prizes.  The big winners there were Colin Firth and Natalie Portman, Best Actor and Actress in a Drama respectively, for The King's Speech and Black Swan, and Annette Bening and Paul Giamatti, Best Actress and Actor in a Comedy or Musical respectively, for The Kids are All Right and Barney's Version.

The Kids are All Right was also named Best Comedy or Musical Film, while Toy Story 3 was named Best Animated Feature.

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Colin Firth Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photo Courtesy - Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The King's Speech star Colin Firth was treated like royalty Thursday, when he received the 2,429th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The 50-year-old British actor, whose star is located in front of a British pub, said he never thought as a child he'd achieve the success that he has.  He joked, "I have a feeling I'm going to be here when I'm about 93 under a pile of blankets asking for spare change and trying to convince anyone who will listen that I'm the guy whose name is on the sidewalk."

Firth is nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in The King's Speech.  He received an Oscar nod last year for A Single Man.  His other credits include Mamma Mia!, The English Patient, Love Actually and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

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'The King's Speech' Leads 68th Annual Golden Globes Nominations

Photo Courtesy - The Weinstein Company/Momentum PicturesThe King's Speech, a movie based on the life of on England's King George VI starring Colin Firth, leads the nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe nominations, which will air Jan. 16 on NBC.  The film got seven nods.

Here's a partial list of the nominees:


Best Drama
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Social Network

Best Comedy/Musical

Alice in Wonderland
The Kids are Alright
The Tourist

Best Actor/Drama
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 177 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

Best Actress/Drama
Halle Berry, Frankie & Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Actor/Musical or Comedy
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love & Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Best Actress/Musical or Comedy
Annette Bening, The Kids are Alright
Anne Hathaway, Love & Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids are Alright
Emma Stone, Easy A

Best Director of a Motion Picture
Darren Aronovsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Animated Feature Film
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3


Best Musical/Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

Best Actor/Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Hugh Laurie, House
Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Best Actress/Drama Series
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Best Actor/Musical or Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carrell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress/Musical or Comedy Series
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Lea Michele, Glee
Laura Linney, The Big C

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