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.
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)
The ‘King’ had it @ the 2011 Oscars