Oscars 2011 winners: 'King's Speech' rules the night

Bale-Portman-Leo-Firth_320.jpg Image Credit: Mark Ralston/Getty Images The 83rd Academy Awards belonged to The King’s Speech, which won four Oscars from its 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director (Tom Hooper), and Original Screenplay (David Seidler). The complete winners list below:

127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
WINNER: The King’s Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
WINNER: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
WINNER: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit
David Fincher, The Social Network
WINNER: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
David O. Russell, The Fighter

“Coming Home,” Country Strong, Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light,” Tangled, Alan Menken, Glenn Slater
“If I Rise,” 127 Hours, A.R. Rahman, Dido, Rollo Armstrong
WINNER: “We Belong Together,” Toy Story 3, Randy Newman

127 Hours, Jon Harris
Black Swan, Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter, Pamela Martin
The King’s Speech, Tariq Anwar
WINNER: The Social Network, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Alice in Wonderland, Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
Hereafter, Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
WINNER: Inception, Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Iron Man 2, Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Exit Through the Gift Shop, Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
Gasland, Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
WINNER: Inside Job, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
Restrepo, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
Waste Land, Lucy Walker and Angus Aynley

The Confession, Tanel Toom
The Crush, Michael Creagh
WINNER: God of Love, Luke Matheny
Na Wewe, Ivan Goldschmidt
Wish 143, Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Killing in the Name (Nominees TBD)
Poster Girl (Nominees (TBD)
WINNER: Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
Sun Come Up, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
The Warriors of Qiugang, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lenno

WINNER: Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
I Am Love, Antonella Cannarozzi
The King’s Speech, Jenny Beaven
The Tempest, Sandy Powell
True Grit, Mary Zophres

Barney’s Version, Adrien Morot
The Way Back, Eduoard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk, Yolanda Toussieng
WINNER: The Wolfman, Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

WINNER: 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

WINNER: Inception, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, and Ed Novick
The King’s Speech, Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen, and John Midgley
Salt, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan, and William Sarokin
The Social Network, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, and Mark Weingarten
True Grit, Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, and Peter F. Kurland

127 Hours, A.R. Rahman
How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell
Inception, Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat
WINNER: The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

WINNER: Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) (Algeria)
Incendies (Canada)
WINNER: In a Better World (Denmark)
Dogtooth (Greece)
Biutiful (Mexico)

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
WINNER: The King’s Speech, Screenplay by David Seidler

127 Hours, Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
WINNER: 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

How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
WINNER: Toy Story 3

Day & Night, Teddy Newton
The Gruffalo, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
Let’s Pollute, Geefwee Boedoe
WINNER: The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary), Bastien Dubois

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
WINNER: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

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

WINNER: Alice in Wonderland, Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
Happy Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
Inception, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
The King’s Speech, Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
True Grit, Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

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  • GG

    Christian Bale….finally! First nomination, and a first win! YES!

    • PNK

      He is great! What a nice win. And the speech was so fun too. His perf. in ‘The Fighter’ is why we have Academy awards!!!

      • Inception Rules

        Good for Bale, but I think Nolan was robbed for the original screenplay and he should have been nominated for best director. Overall, this was a so-so telecast, Franco and Hathaway had no presence on stage at all, bring back Alec Baldwin, Billy Crystal, or Steve Martin someone who can deliver on stage

      • Christopher Nolan Should Have Won Best Director

        “Christopher Nolan is the director Oscar deserves but not the one it needs right now. So he’ll get snubbed. Because he can take it.” –


      • skinnydog

        Inception was a mind-numbing exercise in expository dialogue. Shoulda been a novel. Great technical achievements, though. Pity about the script.

      • cccxz

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      • Lisa

        @Inception Rules – I 100% agree with you. Inception was robbed!

      • Jean

        @Christopher Nolan Should Have….
        Love your quote!!!

      • JC

        @skinnydog wow I never thought about that but it probably would make an even better novel.

    • Louise Hay

      James Franco will never be asked to return.

      • LOL

        Hathaway should be asked back to fly solo. She was great. Franco seemed overwhelmed.

      • StephenKC

        While Franco was stiff, don’t blame this complete disaster of a telecast on the hosts. It was glacial pacing, lack of ANY kind of attempts at entertainment, and the as-promised complete lack of surprises once the envelopes were opened. Very simply, the worst Oscars telecast in modern history.

      • Steve

        I agree, Franco while handsome in those custom made Gucci tux, never seemed to be into it. Hathaway gets two thumbs up.

      • fede

        Anne was trying too hard to be funny

    • HATERS

      This Oscars’ sucked big time! The autotunes crap sucked. I’m speechless!

      • Rachel

        I don’t know, I loved “He doesn’t own a shirt”

      • Pittner

        I hated the autotune thing also. I hated them mixing the clips of the best picture nominees. Take a minute to acknowledge each one separately. In terms of the awards, for the first time ever I think the golden globes got it right and the oscars got it wrong when it comes to best picture and director.

      • Lee

        @Pittner. That’s funny because I usually think the Globes get it right more times than the Oscars, such as ATONEMENT, BABEL, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, THE HOURS, etc.

      • HATERS Part Deux!

        HA! So glad I skipped it. Who are these people? Oh, the nominees. WHATEVER!

    • Barbossashouldhavewon

      Geoffrey Rush!!!!! He was even better than Firth at The King’s Speech!!!!!

      • Nicole

        I wish Rush would have won too but what can you do? I’m sure Christian Bale deserved it, I didn’t see The Fighter but…

      • manonthelam.com

        I am SO with you on this one…

      • bbkenn

        No way. Firth had the most difficult part; Rush was great, but not better than Firth.

    • Mike

      Hey Mike Bruno, Screenplay has two “e”s. You only had one paragraph to file and you blew it.

    • dipshat

      Ah, Dave Karger, 16 out of 24 predicted correctly; dipshat 20 out of 24 predicted correctly.:)

  • Beauty

    Loving my Franco!

    Bale deserves it he is a very good actor.

    • Valerie Va Jay Jay

      Really? I think Franco is sucking royally as a host. He’s not funny, he looks as though he is just going through the motions and waiting to get lit and high at the Vanity Fair after-party. Anne Hathaway is at least giving it her all. Franco seems to feel the Oscars should be more like the MTV Movie Awards with his tasteless jokes. When did A.M.P.A.S. become so classless?

      • amj

        And, give it to Anne! She is sure trying her hardest. And, she has really pulled out all the stops with her wardrobe, beauty and her musical number!

      • R

        agree with amj at least Anne gave it her best effort…wtf is up w/ Franco? if he was this disinterested, why did he even bother?!

      • John

        And he said Ricky Gervaise bombed at the Golden Globes.

      • Amy

        James Franco can be hilarious. I feel like he was too tired or something to really get into it. He also said that he didn’t really care what people thought about his job, which I think is the right attitude. I mean, seriously, who really cares about how good the host is? In five months, no one is going to be talking about it.

    • kellieana

      I could not get over James Franco being stoned!! It would have been funny had it not been so sad. I don’t know why they let him on the air, he could harldy walk or even keep his eyes open!

      • FromChicago

        Was that the problem? OMG! there was no chemistry between the two.

      • Mike

        Um, have you never seen the man onscreen before? That’s just the way he looks.

  • DRG

    Bale won as a peace offering to the fanboys.

    • DFSF

      …except that no fanboys are among the voters.

      • DRG

        I never said there were. I said it was a peace offering TO the fanboys not a peace offering from the fanboys

      • DFSF

        I got exactly what you meant. Academy voters have zero motive to appease “fanboys.”

    • Dave

      DRG, you are a broken record.

    • A

      DRG, I highly doubt the Academy cares about appeasing fanboys. Christian Bale is a great actor, and pretty much everyone knows it.

    • MCS

      No, it was because the Academy was afraid Christian Bale might yell at them too if he lost.

  • Ian

    Damn, I really thought Hailee had a chance…

    • Kmb

      I know, me too. I’m pretty bummed she didn’t win.

    • Bianca

      Well, she DID have a chance. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.

  • sara

    How did Inception not win best original screenplay…

    • DRG

      Because it was the most overrated movie of the year.

      • Alec

        You know what’s funny? It wasn’t an overrated movie. 4 oscars so far, It’s a phenomenal movie, one of the best I’ve ever seen.

      • Jackie

        But did you notice that all of the awards it won were technical awards? I haven’t seen the movie, but most of the buzz I’ve heard about it has had absolutely nothing to do with the screenplay.

      • Jennybaby

        Agree. It deservedly got shut out of any major wins. It was visually arresting but emotionally inert.

      • jmcg

        Because the Oscars are absolutely predictable–as proven by this boring telecast. Inception was the most original story/movie this year; and it was the most entertaining (the horror!). Leave it to the Oscars to give it to some British movie that no one has seen.

      • Dave

        @jmcg…The Kings Speech: $235 million worldwide. Doesn’t that mean AT LEAST a few people saw it?

      • sharon


      • jmcg

        @Dave, my bad. You are right, I guess a few people did see it. It’s been out since November and eventually got to the $100 million dollar mark in the USA. Its just the fact that its a grossly inaccurate and unoriginal telling of the British monarchy which didn’t deserve best original screenplay, best picture, or best director. The Oscars got is wrong again.

      • fede

        @jmcg i’m with you man

    • Elizabeth Allen

      I agree and I am upset Hans Zimmer didn’t win for best score.

      • Le HIROSHI

        Hans Zimmer’s score is beautiful and relevant to this film. I, too, love it.

      • DRG

        4 Oscars so far is just further proof that it is the most overrated movie of the year.

      • paulie

        I would have voted for “Inception,” “127 Hours” or “How To Train Your Dragon” over TSN for best score.

      • bee

        I wish “How to Train Your Dragon” had won. It was a beautiful score that was integral to the movie. I liked it so much I bought the album. (And it had 4-star ratings across the board on Amazon).

      • A-K87

        Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross deserved the win. Zimmer was a close second.

        The kind of score Zimmerbdid was a slight deviation from the norm whereas The Social Network Film ascot was COMPLETELY against convention. I feel that it suited the subject matter perfectly.

      • Dave

        I agree with A-K87. Glad Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won. A very different score. It worked fantastically in the film, and it’s a great listen on its own as well.

      • fede

        why wasn’t Duft Punk nominated? I thought they weren’t eligible since it was release to late in the year but it got a nomination for Best Sound Editing…

    • amj

      It was a phenomenal movie but it was no surprise that The King’s Speech won!

    • Jed

      It’s a GOOD script, not great.

      It suffers because the characters are thin and it has a whole hour of exposition that amounts to characters sitting around talking. Good, not great.

    • skinnydog

      Because it was a texbook-perfect example of expository dialogue. That’s why.

      Shoulda been a novel.

    • Nathan

      It didn’t get screenplay because that award is reserved for the best screenplay, which Inception easily wsa not.

  • Cara

    So far, so good! I love James Franco (is there anything he can’t do??) and also Anne Hathaway. Helen Mirren and Russell Brand were great and I’m so excited for Christian Bale’s win!!

    • Acaseofgeo

      There was some serious chemistry between Mirren and Brand. I don’t care for him but I think they should do a movie together.

      • Gabe

        They’ve done two movies together. The Tempest, and Arthur. Look them up.

      • McFly

        They are in a remake of Arthur. Brand is playing Arthur (formerly Dudley Moore) and Mirren is playing Hobson (formerly Sir John Geilgood). What a stupid idea.

  • Bonnie

    Why didn’t Mo’nique present Best Supporting Actor? Is that no longer the tradition for the previous winners to present the following year?

    • MWeyer

      Apparantly she refused to do it for some reason, not sure why.

      • Mitch

        I’m guessing it is because of the lack of black actors and actresses nominated this year. I know there was a minor stir about that when nominations were announced.

      • Koozebane

        Hopefully, wherever Mo’nique was, she was eating a salad.

    • FromChicago

      Monique has never expressed a love for the Awards and had to be convinced last year to campaign for the Best Supporting and to attend the awards.

      • A-K87

        Her performance in Precious was one of the my favourite Supporting Actress performances

  • Cat Bes

    How could Inception not win for best original screenplay? I mean it is the most original and thought provoking movie of the year (if not the last decade) and the King’s Speech, while quite good, is just another tale about the British monarchy (and a rather sanitized version at that).

    • DRG

      It lost because it was the move overrated movie of the year.

      • sharon

        Dgr you are a dumbass

    • A

      The most thought provoking movie of the decade? Please. You really need to see more movies.

      • Cara

        Seriously? It was awful. Do love Leo though.

      • Justin

        That’s why its won 4 awards…

      • Gabriel

        really ,most thought provoking movie of the decade ..really ? u mean cause its 2011 and not much else has been out rt?

    • Andy

      Because “Inception” is not about its script, which is basically what best Screenplay is.

      • jmcg

        Because “original” screenplay is not about originality at all. It had the most original story and concept, more original than a story about the English monarchy.

      • A-K87

        jmcg is right. It’s not the award for MOST original screenplay. It’s s bit incredibly how a lot of filmatics think ‘best’ and ‘most’ mean the same thing.

      • jmcg

        In my opinion, the keyword is “original” because ultimately, the “best” should be determined by how “original” it is and that was not King’s Speech. Which proves my point that the Oscars never award “originality”, only conventionality.

    • skinnydog

      What thoughts did it provoke, other than:

      “Nolan loves to write one-dimensional characters who endlessly explain stuff to each other.”


      “How come those guys hanging out of the Mercedes SUVs only winged one person in the white van, after expending 8 bazillion rounds of ammo at close range in downtown traffic?”



    • Le HIROSHI

      (My comments wouldn’t show up.)

    • fede

      The King Speech Best Picture: the worst desicion since Crash Won

  • ks

    good for Trent! first Oscar

    • Chris

      Two phrases I never thought I’d ever hear: Academy Award Winner Trent Reznor and Academy Award Winner Eminem. Not a knock on their talent, just the idea of them winning Oscars seems bizzare somehow.

      • marais morris

        still cannot get over the fact that eminem has an OSCAR, but the one that bothers me most is that THREE SIX MAFIA also has one. and i love rap and am very black. just seems odd to me, that’s all

    • GoTrent

      I’ve been waiting for T-rEz to win the Oscar ever since his nomination was announced. The soundtrack is amazing and I don’t think I’ll be able to get it out of my head.

      • V

        I bought the soundtrack as soon as I saw the movie. Both are upstanding. So glad Trent and Atticus won!

      • Dave

        T-Rez? Please don’t ever use that again. He’s not some teeny-bopper star.

      • A-K87

        I bought it straight after watching the film. I can’t rememberva movie where so many people went out and buzzed about the score so much. Very much well deserved.

      • GoTrent

        Go point, DAVE. From now on, DAVE, I’ll only refer to him as “Academy Award Winner, T-Rez.” How does that suit you, DAVE?

    • Amy

      I would personally have chosen Inception for Best Score, but I’m happy for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The score for The Social Network may not have been the most memorable, but it worked incredibly well in the context of the movie.

  • Karla

    Happy Potter for best art? Really?????

    • anya

      Haha I noticed that too! And that’s the second time they’ve done that when listing the Oscar nominees this year!

      • Jud

        I saw the movie, and Harry didn’t seem all that happy to me…

  • Selwyn Garraway

    Christian Bale absolutely deserved Best Supporting Actor! Thanks to Mark Wahlberg for being so generous an actor to allow Bale to steal all the scenes in The Fighter.
    Franco at first surprised me how diminished and low key he appeared. I think he and Ann picked up the pace considerably as the show continued

  • Bullitt

    DRG obviously did not understand Inception

    • DRG

      I understood it just fine. That’s why I consider it the most overrated movie of the year. An alternate title for it could have been “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

      • DRGoF*ckYourself

        DRG you must be SOOOOOOO much fun at Oscar parties.

      • marais morris

        @ DRG: stick to your beliefs, regardless of what anyone else says. to me, INCEPTION was great on every level, but that doesn’t mean that i have to be mad at those who do not agree with me. shall never forget “crouching tiget, hidden dragon”‘s winning so many awards many years ago. when i finally saw it, i was appalled at how lame it was. same with :crash”. how did anyone take that movie or even its actors seriously? but that’s the academy for you.

      • sharon

        dgr die

    • Booo

      I agree to a certain extent with DRG. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the movie. However, the story line with Leo’s character and his dead wife (sorry for spoiler) was just a hindering to the progress of the movie at some points. It got to point where I was like can she go away now! But it was the most original content I’ve seen in a movie in a long time and I really like that.

  • Bullitt

    If one doesn’t like Inception, it just means it was too much for one’s mind to grasp.

    • paulie

      If one uses one in a pretentious manner, it suggests one’s mind is not perhaps as elevated over the rest of humanity as one would like to pretend.

    • Helena Handbasket

      Bullitt, get over yourself. That goes for all you Inception snobs. Just because someone might not find it to be a great film doesn’t necessarily mean their “mind can’t grasp it.” There is such as thing as differing tastes, you know.

      • Mitch

        Just because a movie is “difficult” doesn’t mean that it’s “great”.

    • Renaton

      You really think “Inception” is that complex? Wow…

      So many much, much more challenging films, an expositional script with some pretty tame and obvious ideas about dreams becomes “too much to grasp…”.
      What gives?

  • Asa

    lol, Happy Potter. Nice typo there.

    • squishmar

      They’ve had this typo up since the nominations were announced. I pointed it out to them then… I guess they don’t care. It is funny, though.

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