The ‘King’ had it @ the 2011 Oscars


    By John Abayomi

    ‘The King’s Speech’, an inspirational story about a speech impaired king , who later finds his voice to lead his people and nation became the toast at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held Sunday night.

    Colin Firth, best actor (left) and Tom Hooper Best Director for ‘The King’s Speech’ at the Academy Awards 2011. Photo: REUTERS

    And despite the soaring popularity of facebook, with over 500million users globally, the movie depicting the formation of  Facebook, titled  ‘The Social Networks’ was second best movie of the night.

    In all, ‘The King’s Speech’ won four of the evening’s top prizes including Best Director for Tom Hooper and Best Actor for Colin Firth

    It also won the best original screenplay.

    “The Social Network” won three awards, but its highest honor was a Best Adapted Screenplay statue for Aaron Sorkin.

    The crowning of the night was when The King’s Speech was named the best Picture over Social Networks.

    Toy Story 3″ beat out competition from “How to Train Your Dragon” and “The Illusionist” to pick up Best Animated Feature.

    The winners

    Best Picture: “The King’s Speech”

    Best Actor: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”

    Best Actress: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

    Best Director: Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”

    Achievement in Music Written for Motion Picture (Original Song): “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Randy Newman

    Achievement in Film Editing: “The Social Network,” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

    Achievement in Visual Effects: “Inception,” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

    Best Live Action Short: “God of Love,” Luke Matheny

    Best Documentary Short: “Strangers No More”

    Achievement in Costume Design: “Alice in Wonderland,” Colleen Atwood

    Achievement in Sound Editing: “Inception,” Richard King

    Achievement in Sound Mixing: “Inception,” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

    Achievement in Music Written for Motion Picture (Original Score): “The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

    Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, “The Fighter”

    Best Foreign-Language Film: “In a Better World”

    Best Original Screenplay: “The King’s Speech,” David Seidler

    Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Social Network,” Aaron Sorkin

    Best Animated Feature: “Toy Story 3″

    Best Animated Short Film: “The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

    Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”

    Achievement in Cinematography: “Inception,” Wally Pfister

    Achievement in Art Direction: “Alice in Wonderland,” Robert Stromberg (Production Design), Karen O’Hara (Set Decoration)

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