Oscars 2011: ‘The King’s Speech’, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman Take Highest Honors and Other Winners

Natalie Portman Hollywood’s biggest night started out great with one of the best opening sequences in recent Oscar history. Seriously, it was hilarious–first-time hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco traveling through the ten films that were nominated for Best Picture this year trying to learn more about hosting the awards show by going into Alec Baldwin’s dream and asking him for hosting tips. Essentially, the montage focused on if the pair were cut out for the job of hosting the big night. Turns out, by most public opinions, they weren’t. Well, James Franco wasn’t. He just came off as completely high out of his mind. Maybe he was, we don’t know for sure.

As for as the winners of the night, and you know, the whole reason the Academy Awards exist, there weren’t too many surprises. Unlike the shocking wins we saw at this year’s Grammy Awards, the Oscars were pretty much business as usual in the film industry, handing out awards to the movies and actors that have been slotted as obvious Oscar runners since they had first been released into theaters. The biggest honors of the night, Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress went to “The King’s Speech”, Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech” and Natalie Portman for “Black Swan” respectively.

As for the entire list of winners, read on…

[Those in bold signify the winner in each category.]

Best Picture

The King's Speech

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

Best Actor

Colin Firth, The King's Speech

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

Best Actress

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

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

Best Director

The King's Speech

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

Best Original Song

Toy Story 3

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

Best Film Editing

The Social Network

  • “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

Best Visual Effects


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

Best Documentary Feature

Inside Job

  • “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
  • “Gasland”
  • “Inside Job”
  • “Restrepo”
  • “Waste Land”

Best Live Action Short Film

God of Love

  • “The Confession” – Tanel Toom
  • “The Crush” – Michael Creagh
  • “God of Love” – Luke Matheny
  • “Na Wewe” – Ivan Goldschmidt
  • “Wish 143” – Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Best Short Subject Documentary

Strangers No More

  • “Killing in the Name”
  • “Poster Girl”
  • “Strangers No More”
  • “Sun Comes Up”
  • “The Warriors of Qiugang”

Best Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland

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

Best Makeup

The Wolfman

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

Best 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

Best Sound Mixing


  • “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

Best Original Score

The Social Network

  • “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

Best Supporting Actor

The Fighter

  • 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”

Best Foreign Language Film

In a Better World

  • “Biutiful” – Mexico
  • “Dogtooth” – Greece
  • “In a Better World” – Denmark
  • “Incendies” – Canada
  • “Outside the Law” – Algeria

Best Original Screenplay

The King's Speech

  • “Another Year”, Mike Leigh
  • “The Fighter”, Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
  • “Inception”, Christopher Nolan
  • “The Kids Are All Right”, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
  • “The King’s Speech”, David Seidler

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Social Network

  • “127 Hours”, Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
  • “The Social Network”, Aaron Sorkin
  • “Toy Story 3”, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • “True Grit”, Joel and Ethan Coen
  • “Winter’s Bone”, Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

Best Animated Feature Film

Toy Story 3

  • “How to Train Your Dragon”
  • “Illusionist”
  • Toy Story 3″

Best Animated Short Film

The Lost Thing

  • “Day & Night” – Teddy Newton
  • “The Gruffalo” – Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
  • “Let’s Pollute” – Geefwee Boedoe
  • “The Lost Thing” – Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
  • “Masagascar, carnet de voyage” – Bastien Dubois

Best Supporting Actress

The Fighter

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

Best Cinematography


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

Best Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland

  • “Alice in Wonderland”
    Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara

  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1”
    Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • “Inception”
    Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
  • “The King’s Speech”
    Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
  • “True Grit”
    Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

3 thoughts on “Oscars 2011: ‘The King’s Speech’, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman Take Highest Honors and Other Winners”

  1. I usually have trouble getting to into watching the academy awards. I generally find that the more dark and depressing a movie is, the more the academy likes it. I just don’t like going to the movies to be depressed. However, at least “The Kind’s Speech” was somewhat uplifting in its message. Better than other recent year’s winners.

  2. @income and growth ……….you are right ………I just don’t like going to the movies to be depressed. ……….“The Kind’s Speech” was somewhat uplifting in its message.That is definitely better than other recent year’s winners.

  3. @income and growth ……….you are right ………I just don’t like going to the movies to be depressed. ……….“The Kind’s Speech” was somewhat uplifting in its message.That is definitely better than other recent year’s winners.

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