by Josh Wigler, published on February 28, 2011|
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards came to a close last night (February 27), and we were live at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles to bring you all the Oscar news you could possibly want.
From emotional speeches from the winners to big scoops earned on the red carpet, Oscar night was a busy one, to put it lightly. After the jump, catch up on all the awards news and highlights you may have missed around the MTV blogosphere!
Winning The Night
There weren't too many surprises in the night's big categories. Christian Bale and Melissa Leo both won their respective Oscars for "The Fighter," while "Black Swan" and "The King's Speech" stars Natalie Portman and Colin Firth took their prizes as expected. "The King's Speech" edged out "The Social Network" in the other two major categories Best Director and Best Picture but only earned as many total awards as "Inception," a cumulative score of four a piece.
It wouldn't be the Oscars without some unexpected appearances from the farthest corners of Hollywood. James Franco and Anne Hathaway did an admirable job emceeing the evening, but there was a tangible increase in excitement at the sight of fan-favorite host Billy Crystal and, strangely enough, the digitally projected image of the late Bob Hope, who hosted the show 18 times.
Kirk, Kirk, Kirk
But the real guest of honor was Kirk Douglas, who surprised audiences by showing up to deliver the Best Supporting Actress award. Heck, we think he even surprised himself Douglas was on stage a lot longer than the average presenter, rattling off round after round of memorable one-liners. You know, we could get used to the 94-year-old actor presenting all the awards during Oscar night.
There were numerous snubs throughout the evening. Some would argue that David Fincher should have won Best Director. Others would call it a crime that "Inception" director Chris Nolan wasn't nominated for the award. But for our money, the biggest snub was in the In Memoriam segment, where Oscar failed to honor the tragically departed Corey Haim. No, he wasn't exactly an Academy Award poster-boy, but the man left us with a terrific body of work that deserves recognition.
"Hunger Games" Getting "True Grit"
On the MTV front, there were a lot of great scoops throughout the night, but the biggest one came in the form of Hailee Steinfeld, who lost to Melissa Leo in the Best Supporting Actress category. The "True Grit" star revealed that she's met with "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross about playing Katniss Everdeen, adding: "It's definitely something that we're taking one day at a time and making sure that everything is in place." Sounds like she could be our gal!