The King’s Speech Crowned at the 2011 Academy Awards

Well I certainly don’t think 2011 will go down as one of the more memorable years in Oscar history; not only were the winners fairly predictable, but the ceremony itself seemed dull and uninspired. Despite an attempt to add a “youthful edge” to the Oscars this year, it was almost completely lacking in comedy, excitement or entertainment. Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway seemed to be dreadfully unprepared and lacking material, leaving Franco to put up a facade of aloof detachment while Hathaway simply attempted to win everyone over with cuteness.

The King’s Speech went on to secure most of the major awards including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Original Screenplay, reinforcing the stuffy British Oscar stereotype. For the second time David Fincher was denied Best Director, but The Social Network did end up getting awards for Film Editing, Original Score and Adapted Screenplay. Natalie Portman still managed to snag Best Actress for Black Swan, while Christian Bale and Melissa Leo both took the Supporting categories for their performances in The Fighter. What did you think of the 2011 Academy Awards? Check out the full list of winners after the jump.

Best Picture
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“True Grit”
“Winter’s Bone”

“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter” David O. Russell
“The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper
“The Social Network” David Fincher
“True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film
“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“The King’s Speech”
“True Grit”

“Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
“Inception” Wally Pfister
“The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen
“The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
“True Grit” Roger Deakins

Costume Design
“Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
“I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
“The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan
“The Tempest” Sandy Powell
“True Grit” Mary Zophres

Documentary (Feature)
“Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
“Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
“Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
“Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)
“Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined
“Poster Girl” Nominees to be determined
“Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
“Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
“The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Film Editing
“Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
“The Fighter” Pamela Martin
“The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar
“127 Hours” Jon Harris
“The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Foreign Language Film
“Biutiful” Mexico
“Dogtooth” Greece
“In a Better World” Denmark
“Incendies” Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

“Barney’s Version” Adrien Morot
“The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
“The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)
“How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
“Inception” Hans Zimmer
“The King’s Speech” Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″ Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Short Film (Animated)
“Day & Night” Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let’s Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
“The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)
“The Confession” Tanel Toom
“The Crush” Michael Creagh
“God of Love” Luke Matheny
“Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
“Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Sound Editing
“Inception” Richard King
“Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
“Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
“True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
“Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

Visual Effects
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Iron Man 2”

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
“The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

  • Jim

    Oscars 2012 should be hosted by Kirk Douglas. The funniest and most personable character on stage all night.

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  • projectgenesis

    Harvey Weinstein jockey’s another mediocre horse to Oscar glory.

  • Gil

    I haven’t sat down to watch TV broadcast since 2008 and I can’t believe I gave in to this. I’ve never really seen the oscars except for clips on the internet. They have presenters for the presenters? Are all TV ceremonies like this? That’s stupid. The king’s speech winning for best actor and best picture was essentially a big “fuck you” to the better filmmakers and better actors in the audience. What a disgrace to cinema. The only good part about the ceremony was the Bob Hope thing.

  • Werner

    Kirk Douglas saved the show.

  • Goon

    Kirk Douglas is indeed the master of suspense. Also I now hate Melissa Leo.

  • I’m through

  • auraldissonance

    Damn. Does the Academy just hate David Fincher? At least give the guy Best Director. Frankly I think The Social Network should’ve won best picture too and will very likely be the better remembered of the two 10 years from now.

    On the other hand glad to see Inception walk away with 4 even if it didn’t take Best Screenplay (which it deserved imo).

    Oh, and the show itself sucked. On the whole, disappointing night.

  • Nick Robertson

    For fuck sake. Why the hell do I bother hoping that the people who deserve these awards will get them?
    I’m crushed that that whimpy asshole Hooper won. Fucking assholes, the lot of them.

  • Oskars

    Glad that Chrisitan got his Oscar, can’t say that he earned it for the role in “Fighter”, but he earned mostly for the performance in the 2006’s “Rescue dawn” and other feats.

  • Matt

    I’m very surprised that David Fincher or Darren Aronofsky didn’t win Best Director. I’m glad I didn’t tune in this year.

  • Mikey T

    There was absolutly nothing special about Hooper’s directoral contribution in “The King’s Speech”. The film was driven by Firth, Rush, and Bonhams’ performances (which I gaurantee were not guided in the least bit by Hooper), set design, costumes, etc. It was an enormous joke that he was even nominated, let alone win. Anyone could have directed this film with the writing and actors that were supplied to them. This was the biggest sham of the entire ceremony. Oh, and did anyone notice how hot Jennifer Lawarence looked? Damn.

  • Napalm

    The two hosts were just dreadful. It felt like for Franco it was just a paycheck.

  • Jonny Ashley

    I’m firing the Oscars. Oscars, you’re fired. Bad Oscars.

  • IchigoNL

    Glad I didn’t stay up to watch it. Biggest joke is Tom Hooper for King’s Speech. And Inception should have won for editing.

  • Henrik

    Couldn’t watch the show, but I’m glad In A Better World won. Fantastic film!

  • It is amazing that they go to great lengths to gear the show to a younger audience, then snub the most relevant film.

  • Aaron F.

    Big miss on the Hooper win. I didn’t agree with a lot of his artistic choices in King’s Speech and it seems a number of critics agree. Really wanted Fincher to get Best Director, but on the other hand, it seems that he couldn’t care less to be at the event or if he even won. Did you catch any of the cut-away shots of Fincher? He seems bored. Loved it!

  • zoo_ct

    Another huge Meh for the Oscars. And yet we fall for it every time. Bob Hope and Kirk Douglas by far the funniest guys on stage. And Spielberg’s opening salvo re: past winners and losers was spot on. He should have mentioned Crash, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind..

  • Brett

    You say that Fincher has lost out on Best Director two years in a row. Don’t think that’s right. Maybe you’re thinking of Benjamin Button in 2009? Maybe just take out “in a row” to fix it?

  • Oops, yeah you’re right. Fixed it, thanks!

  • Scuv

    I cant believe people are complaining about “relevency” being a factor for the quality of Best Picture. If its relevency people want, dont moan if they give Harry Potter a nom next year. Besides, neither The Social Network nor The Kings Speech could lick the boots of Black Swan.

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  • Steini

    After this post probably 90% of the people on here will hate me, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
    So I say that The King’s Speech deserved the Best Picture win, for me it could have been either The King’s Speech, Black Swan or Social Network, so I’m not upset about that category.
    But I agree that Tom Hooper for Best Director ist a fucking joke, Fincher would have deserved it.
    What also pissed me of was Melissa Leo winning, she just came over as the greatest scumbag on earth, even when she was just in for a few seconds in the last shot and if it really turns out to be true that she financed her own Oscar campaign I think I will never be able to enjoy anything she’s involved. After her win I don’t really want to watch The Fighter, which I haven’t seen yet, despite the fact I love Christian Bale.
    Also the show over all was just shit, Hathaway wasn’t funny at all and Franco was off the stage for about 50% of the time. All those clips which were supposed to be funny just were shit, espcially the one with the songs and Eclipse in it, I don’t know who has these fucked up ideas. Also the opening skit with Alec Baldwin and his dreams was funny for about 30 seconds but then it just got embarassing. And the montage for the Best Picture nominees, come on they can’t be serious with that, what was the point of that?
    I’d agree that Kirk Douglas was the best thing in the whole show, despite it was hard listening to him. I also liked the Dude on stage and I thought Russel Brand was at least funny to some extent.

  • Cy-Ed

    Time to bring back real comedians to host next year…anyone got Ricky Gervais’s number?

  • kyri

    Hey! They gave Christian Bale an Oscar!

  • Andrew

    Spielberg put it best when announcing best picture, the winner will be in the company of On The Waterfront, Deer Hunter and Casablanca. The Losers will be in company with Raging Bull, Pulp Fiction, 2001 a Space Odyssey and There Will Be Blood.

    And… Is singing the only entertainment these people can think of?!! It’s not 1953 anymore. WE don’t want to see Randy Newman and Mandy Moore and d bag Zachary Levi singing for 15 minutes. Can’t they put together a couple minutes of interesting behind the scenes for cinematography and give people more insight into what the category is. Or even do a little minute and a half insight into sound mixing so everyone sees the painstaking process and can appreciate what these people are doing and what they are being awarded.
    Basically anything but putting Gywenth Paltrow up there in front of a bunch of fake stars would be greatly appreciated.

  • Anthony

    Meh, the Oscars are always boring and uninspired.

    Would have liked to see Social Network win for Best Picture, but I ultimately don’t care all that much to make a big fuss. I know I liked it the most out of all the movies nominated, so that’s all that matters to me.

  • Anthony

    And on the topic of Hathaway and Franco, their opening bit with going into Alec Baldwin’s dream was pretty funny, but after that they just didn’t have anything to deliver with the exception of a couple of lines each here and there.

  • Oleg

    The Americans hated, didn’t watch and ignored all the gaylien movies; hated, didn’t watch and ignored all the gaylien british crap; and hated, didn’t watch and ignored the gaylien awards again this year. So what else is new.

  • Jack

    cant argue with kings speech for best film but tom hooper shouldnt have won best director. the social network was aaron sorkins film all over so david fincher didnt deserve it either. the complete snub of danny boyle and chris nolan ruined it for me as both of them deserved it far more. happy about christian bale but would have liked to have seen more appreciation for blue valentine

  • Chris Harvey

    All in all a night I won’t remember.

    Not going to name bash here but I agree with some comments that in 10 years time certain non-best-picture-winning films will be talked about more and have a shelf life that will continue. The King’s Speech (okay I name bashed) is not going to be remembered… My opinion is that Social Network was the best piece of filmmaking followed by Inception. Black Swan didn’t make my top ten even although I think Natalie Portman and Arronsofsky did stellar jobs.

    Inception was the best “technical” film of last year by far, and could easily have competed for best picture and director. In general a lackluster year for films.