‘The King’s Speech’, Portman, Firth, Leo and Bale all big winners at the Academy Awards

The 83rd Academy Awards were held last night at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood,  and to the surprise of no one and the dismay of a few, The King’s Speech became forever enshrined in the halls of the Academy as the Best Picture of 2010.

The show, deemed Hollywood’s biggest night, was hosted by Anne Hathaway and some guy that appeared to be James Franco though you wouldn’t know because he was mentally absent for most of the evening. Snarking aside, it was a great night for the winners which saw an even distribution in awards within the technical categories and a surprising and deserved win for Nine Inch Nails founder Trent Reznor and composer Atticus Ross for their beautiful score for The Social Network.

Speaking of The Social Network, though the film didn’t win Best Picture or Best Director, that honor went to first time nominee Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech, it did manage to score wins in Editing and Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.  Besides making history as a film that has won the ¹National Board of Review, NY Film Critics Circle, LA Film Critics Circle and the Golden Globe awards, only to not go on to win the Directors Guild Award or Best Picture,  The Social Network joins an incredible losers corner that includes Citizen Kane, Raging Bull, Saving Private Ryan and Brokeback Mountain.

From now on the usual suspects, Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Christian Bale (The Fighter), should all be referred to as ‘Academy Award winners’, as all performers perfectly completed their award season campaigns with Oscar wins last night.  None of their speeches were particularly memorable, probably because they’ve given a million of them this season, but Leo managed to sneak a very unexpected F bomb into her acceptance speech before rambling into thank yous for the entire cast and crew of The Fighter, all while presenter Kirk Douglas stood behind her on stage.

As far as the show itself, well it left a lot to be desired.  And that’s putting it mildly. While Hathaway will probably be given a second chance to redeem herself, Franco proved that awards show hosting is the one course that’s not in his curriculum.

Full list of winners  here.

¹Awards Daily factoid

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