OSCARS 2011: The King’s Speech and Colin Firth reign supreme, Natalie Portman wins best actress

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    Lizzie Smith and Baz Bamigboye
    Last updated at 9:21 AM on 28th February 2011

    • The King’s Speech wins best film and best director

    • Christian Bale named best supporting actor for The Fighter

    • Melissa Leo apologises after using F-word as she accepts best supporting actress for The Fighter

    For once Oscars night belonged to a small budget, independent movie that was a labour of love.

    The King’s Speech and its star Colin Firth were
    the toast of Hollywood last night, winning best film, best actor, best director and
    best original screenplay.

    And while Natalie
    Portman walked tears from her eyes as she celebrated her best actress
    win, and Melissa Leo and Christian Bale both won for The Fighter, there
    was no doubting the night belonged to the British film.

    The Oscar winners: Best supporting actor Christian Bale, best actress Portman, best supporting actress Leo and best actor Firth

    The Oscar winners: Best supporting actor Christian Bale, best actress Portman, best supporting actress Leo and best actor Firth celebrate backstage at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood

    Few in the UK wanted to back The King’s Speech, but a band of
    producers and film-makers slashed their usual rates to get it made.

    With Film 4
    and BBC Films both refusing funding, the UK Film Council put up a large
    part of the money, along with London-based Momentum Pictures and Harvey
    Weinstein’s Weinstein film company.

    As Academy Awards host James Franco noted ‘The King’s Speech
    has now become part of Oscar history’.

    'My career has peaked': Colin Firth had the audience laughing as he picked up his Oscar for best actor

    ‘My career has peaked’: Colin Firth had the audience laughing as he picked up his Oscar for best actor

    A kiss for the wife: Firth is congratulated by Livia Giuggioli

    Kiss for the wife: Firth is congratulated by Livia, who he thanked for putting up ‘with my delusions of Royalty’

    Firth was nominated last year for Tom Ford’s film A Single Man but lost to Jeff Bridges.

    But now it was Firth’s turn to triumph over his once-again nominated rival.

    ‘I’ve a feeling my career’s just peaked,’ he joked.

    Firth thanked, ‘all
    the people who have been routing for me back home,’ and his wife,
    ‘Livia, for putting up with my fleeting delusions of royalty.’

    The cast and crew of The King's Speech, (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers), celebrates their trophy for Best Picture

    The cast and crew of The King’s Speech: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, and the producers, celebrate their trophy for Best Picture

    The crowd of Oscar nominees and winners watch as Firth gives his thank you speech

    The crowd of Oscar nominees and winners watch as Firth gives his thank you speech


    Although it was pretty much a given that Firth was going to collect an Oscar for his powerful portrait
    of  King George VI, and that David Seidler would win for best
    original screenplay,  the wins for best director and best film
    weren’t as assured as people believed.

    Seidler dedicated his award to ‘all
    the stutterers around the world,’ and thanked ‘Her Majesty The Queen for
    not putting me in the Tower for using the F word.’

    Group effort: Geoffrey Rush congratulates Tom Hooper as he accepts the Oscar for best achievement in directing

    Group effort: Geoffrey Rush congratulates Tom Hooper as he accepts the Oscar for best director

    Great night for British film: Tom Hooper accepts
    his Oscar for best director as David Seidler accepts best original
    screenplay; both for The King’s Speech

    Halfway through the ceremony when The Social Network
    won for best editing, one of the King’s Speech team exclaimed, ’well
    that’s it, we’ve lost it’.

    That’s because the best editing win is often, but clearly
    not always, seen as a signal to which film will win best film.

     

    But as the evening
    wore on Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech’s 38-year-old director, beat rival
    David Fincher for best director.

    Natalie Portman

    I did it! Natalie Portman wipes away a tear as she accepts her Oscar for best actress for her role in Black Swan at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles

    Congratulations: Dancer Benjamin Millepied embraces his fiancé Natalie as her win is announced

    Congratulations: Dancer Benjamin Millepied embraces his fiancé Natalie as her win is announced

    He dedicated the
    prestigious gong to his mother. It was she, he revealed, who first
    suggested he make the movie, after watching a script read-through of the
    stage version.

    Hooper said backstage that he would
    be out celebrating – but wanted to take it easy because he planned to ‘do’
    various TV shows, including the Oprah Winfrey show, in the morning.

    ’I don’t want to be the first one to appear on the Oprah show drunk,’ he joked.

    His win surprised many, who had predicted that David Fincher would win for The Social Network.

    Now for her next role: With her first child on the way, Natalie said she wasn't sure whether she would ever work on another movie like Black Swan

    Now for her next role: With her first child on the way, Natalie said she wasn’t sure whether she would ever work on another movie like Black Swan

    Later Gareth Unwin, one of the three producers
    with Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, joked that it was his good luck
    charm,  a Union Jack pocket square, that helped them win.

    He admitted he ‘borrowed’ the silk
    square from a table centre piece at the BAFTA awards in
    London two weeks ago.


    ‘It felt lucky so I took it’, Unwin joked.

    The King’s Speech didn’t achieve the sweep that
    some had hoped, it was up for twelve Oscars,  but best picture is by anyone’s standards a
    pretty nice trophy to take home.

    Your honour: Melissa bows to Kirk Douglas as she joins the 94-year-old screen icon onstage

    Your honour: Melissa bows to Kirk Douglas as she joins the 94-year-old screen icon onstage

    Black
    Swan star Portman had showed off her bump in her flowing Rodarte gown
    as she walked to the stage to give her acceptance speech.

    ‘I want to thank my parents,’ she said. ‘First and foremost
    for giving me my life. And for the opportunity to work at such a young age.’

    The pregnant
    actress wiped away a tear as she also thanked her fiancé, who she met
    while filming Black Swan, and with whom she is now expecting her first
    child.

    ‘My
    beautiful love Benjamin Millepied who choreographed the film and has now given
    me my most important role of my life.’

    No hard feelings: Amy Adams congratulates Melissa Leo after The Fighter star won the Oscar for best actress

    No hard feelings: Amy Adams congratulates Melissa Leo after The Fighter star won the Oscar for best actress

    Shock: Melissa holds her face in horror after realising she has sworn onstage as Kirk Douglas holds her Oscar

    Shock: Leo holds her face in horror after realising she has sworn onstage as Douglas holds her Oscar

    Portman said backstage that she was ‘still in a dream-like state’.

    She joked that the baby she is carrying started
    kicking during the show when the nominated
    songs were being sung.

    The show: Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway speak onstage at the Kodak Theatre

    The show: Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway speak onstage at the Kodak Theatre

    Cross dressers: Anne Hathaway and James Franco swap outfits; Franco joked that he had received a text from Charlie Sheen

    Cross dressers: Anne and Franco swap outfits; Franco joked that he had received a text from Charlie Sheen

    Someone asked her if she would be naming her baby
    Oscar and she replied that most certainly would not be happening.

    Asked how her pregnancy would affect her
    future movie choices, she said: ’It’s one of the most exciting
    things of being pregnant. I’m just accepting that I have
    no idea, it’s accepting what people go through every day.’

    Helena Bonham Carter missed out on the best supporting actress Oscar as Melissa Leo won for her work on The Fighter.

    New haircut: A freshly shorn Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey walk on stage to present the Oscar for best sound mixing

    New haircut: A freshly shorn Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey walk on stage to present the Oscar for best sound mixing

    Tributes: Jennifer Hudson announced an award,
    while Halle Berry paid tribute to trailblazing actress Lena Horne, the
    first black woman to sign a contract with a studio

    Presenters: Oprah Winfrey presents the award for best documentary to Inside Job, while Cate Blanchett presents the Oscar for best makeup to Wolfman

    The actress kept her disappointment in check as she applauded Leo, alongside fellow nominee, 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld.

    Leo’s
    gong was presented to her by 94-year-old screen legend Kirk Douglas,
    who happily eked out his moment in the spotlight, having never won
    himself.

    ‘You pinch me?’ Leo asked him, not sure if she was dreaming.

    Fellow Australians: Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman arrive on stage to present the Oscar for best original score

    Fellow Australians: Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman arrive on stage to present the Oscar for best original score

    Silver ladies: Celine Dion performs onstage, while Hilary Swank presents the Oscar for best director

    Leo, nominated for a second time, had
    shook as she took to the stage, before accidentally blurting out a
    swear word, which was removed by editors.

    ‘Oh
    wow, really truly wow,’ she gasped.

    ‘I know there’s a lot of real
    lovely people who’ve said a lot of nice things to me for several months
    but I’m just shaking in my boots right now.’

    Good news: Reese Witherspoon holds her precious golden envelope, while Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake prepare to announce the winner of the best animated feature and best animated short film

    Also winning for The Fighter was Christian Bale, named best supporting actor.

    Bale thanked Dicky Eklund, who he played in the movie, asking the retired fighter to take a bow in the audience.

    He
    also referred to his co-star’s slip up, saying: ‘I’m not going to drop
    the F-bomb like she did. I’ve done that plenty before.’

    British singer Florence Welch performs If I Rise from the motion picture 127 Hours, a nominee for best original song

    No Machine: British singer Florence Welch performs If I Rise from the motion picture 127 Hours, a nominee for best original song

    Nominees: Mandy Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow perform tracks nominated for best original song

    The Social Network took its first Oscar
    for best adapted screenplay – handed to Aaron Sorkin for his adaptation
    of the book The Accidental Billionaire by Ben Mezrich.

    The film also picked up an
    award for best original score, presented to Trent Reznor and Atticus
    Ross by Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.

    Inception’s Gary A Rizzo & Ed Novick
    won an Oscar for best sound mixing and the film also won for best sound
    editing for the work of Richard King. The film took a third for best
    cinematography, going to
    Wally Pfister.

    The Oscar for best foreign film went to the movie In a Better World, from Denmark, while the Oscar for makeup went to The Wolfman.

    Winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Susan Bier accepts her award for her Danish movie In A Better World

    Winner for best foreign language Film, Susan Bier accepts her award for her Danish movie In A Better World

    The first award, for art direction, was presented by Tom Hanks to Robert Stromberg (production design) and Karen O’Hara (set decoration) for their work on the 3D movie Alice in Wonderland.

    Hanks, a double winner himself, also presented the Oscar for costume design to Colleen Atwood, for her work on the Tim Burton directed movie.

    The
    winner for best animated short film was The Lost Thing, while the
    animated film Oscar was awarded to the considerably bigger budget Toy
    Story 3.

    'I'm a married man': Presenters Russell Brand and Helen Mirren joke around onstage, with Brand implying that Mirren has a crush on him

    ‘I’m a married man’: Presenters Russell Brand and Helen Mirren joke around onstage, with Brand implying that Mirren has a crush on him

    Presenter Josh Brolin dances with fellow presenter Javier Bardem as they make their way onto stage

    Presenter Josh Brolin dances with fellow presenter Javier Bardem as they make their way onto stage

    Toy Story also won original song for We Belong Together, Music and Lyric by Randy Newman.

    Missing
    out an an award was British graffiti artist Banksy, for his film Exit
    Through The Gift Shop. Instead the Oscar for best documentary feature
    went to Inside Job.

    The show opened with co-hosts
    Anne Hathaway and James Franco inserted into a montage scenes from
    best-picture nominees, built as a series of dream sequences a la Oscar
    contender Inception.

    Hathaway and Franco joked about the criticism over their appointment as hosts.

    ‘You look so lovely and so hip,’ Anne told James. ‘You look very appealing to a younger demographic as well, ‘ he replied.

    Presenter Steven Speilberg, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, producers of The King's Speech

    Presenter Steven Speilberg, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, producers of The King’s Speech

    There was also some comic relief from the audience as Franco’s grandmother shouted out: ‘I just saw Marky Mark.’

    She was of course referring to Mark
    Wahlberg, nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Fighter.

    The actor
    has made every effort to distance himself from his cheesy past as an 80s pop star.

    At one stage Franco appeared on stage dressed as Marilyn Monroe.

    ‘I just got a text message from Charlie Sheen,’ he remarked, referring to the troubled actor.

    One to treasure: Rick Baker, left, and Dave Elsey pose with presenter Cate Blanchett after receiving the Oscar for achievement in makeup for The Wolfman

    One to treasure: Rick Baker, left, and Dave Elsey pose with presenter Cate Blanchett after receiving the Oscar for achievement in makeup for The Wolfman

    We've got Oscars! Lora Hirschberg, Ed Novick, Gary A Rizzo and presenters Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson pose backstage after Hirschberg, Novick and Rizzo win the Oscar for achievement in sound mixing for Inception

    We’ve got Oscars! Lora Hirschberg, Ed Novick, Gary A Rizzo and presenters Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson pose backstage after Hirschberg, Novick and Rizzo win the Oscar for achievement in sound mixing for Inception

    OSCAR WINNERS 2011

    BEST PICTURE

    The King’s Speech

    BEST ACTOR

    Colin Firth

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

    Melissa Leo, The Fighter 

    VISUAL EFFECTS

    Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips, Alice in Wonderland

    COSTUME DESIGN

    Colleen Atwood, Alice in Wonderland  

    ART DIRECTION

    Robert Stromberg (production design); Karen O’Hara (set decoration), Alice n Wonderland

    FOREIGN FILM   

    In a Better World (Denmark) 

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR   

    Christian Bale, The Fighter  

    CINEMATOGRAPHY

    Wally Pfister, Inception

    DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

    Strangers No More

    SHORT FILM

    Luke Matheny, God Of Love

    DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

    Inside Job

    FILM EDITING

    Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

    MAKEUP

    The Wolfman


     BEST ACTRESS

    Natalie Portman

    BEST DIRECTOR

    Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG

    We Belong Together, Music and Lyric by Randy Newman, Toy Story 3

    ANIMATED SHORT FILM

    The Lost Thing

    ANIMATED FILM

    Toy Story 3

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    David Seidler, The King’s Speech  

    ORIGINAL SCORE

    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

    SOUND MIXING

    Gary A Rizzo & Ed Novick, Inception

    SOUND EDITING

    Richard King, Inception

     

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