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Monday
Feb282011

'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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Monday
Feb282011

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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