by Scott Harris, published on February 27, 2011|
Hollywood's biggest night turned into a royal affair for "The King's Speech," with the acclaimed period drama taking home four Oscars at Sunday's 83rd Annual Academy Awards. The film won Best Picture, Best Director for Tom Hooper, Best Actor for Colin Firth and Best Original Screenplay.
In the other major acting categories, Natalie Portman won the Best Actress Oscar for "Black Swan," with "The Fighter's" Christian Bale winning Best Supporting Actor and Melissa Leo winning Best Supporting Actress, spicing up her acceptance speech with a quickly censored F-bomb. There were no big surprises in any of the six major categories.
Though it lost the top prize, "The Social Network" also had a decent showing, winning Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Original Score for Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor.
The popular Coen Brothers western "True Grit," however, was shockingly shut out despite being nominated in a whopping 10 categories.
While fellow Best Picture nominee "Inception" was also shut out in the major categories, Christopher Nolan's mind-bending blockbuster dominated the technical categories, winning Oscars for Cinematography, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing (its four trophies tied "King's Speech" for the night's most). Tim Burton's blockbuster "Alice in Wonderland," meanwhile, topped the artistic categories, with wins for Art Direction and Costume Design.
"Toy Story 3" won the Best Animated Feature award, topping "How to Train Your Dragon" and "The Illusionist" in perhaps the most fiercely contested animated competition since the award was introduced 10 years ago. The Pixar hit, which was the highest grossing film of 2010, also took home the Oscar for Best Original Song for Randy Newman's "We Belong Together."
First time Oscar co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway kicked off the show with a crowd-pleasing, pre-recorded piece riffing off "Inception," with the two traveling through former Alec Baldwin's dreams in search of insight into this year's Best Picture field. They were later upstaged, however, by a surprise appearance from film legend 94-year-old Kirk Douglas, who had the audience in stitches while presenting the Best Supporting Actress award.
Other major awards included Susanne Bier's Danish drama "In a Better World" for Best Foreign Film, the recession-themed "Inside Job" for Best Documentary, and "The Wolfman" for Best Makeup.
You can check out the complete list of winners here.