March 1, 2011
The King’s Speech is a Winner (Along With Others)
Did you watch the Oscars on Sunday? Did your favorites win? Were you surprised by anything?
If I’m going to be honest, I wish I had documented my predictions, because I came out 9 for 10 in guesses. The only award I got incorrect (from the ones I guessed) was for Best Achievement in Directing. I had thought the award would go to David Fincher for The Social Network, because that is what every expert had predicted. I hadn’t even given thought to the possibility of Tom Hooper winning for The King’s Speech, but I was pleasantly surprised. I would have thought, had the award not gone to David Fincher, then it would have gone to Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan, but clearly, I was not on the same page as the Academy on that one.
However, The King’s Speech was my favorite movie of 2010, so I’m pleased with the awards it took home: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: David Seidler ; Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth; Best Achievement in Directing: Tom Hooper; and, of course, Best Motion Picture of the Year.
Other winners included an outstanding (and perfectly-dressed) Natalie Portman for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in Black Swan, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo for their supporting roles in The Fighter, Aaron Sorkin with a well-deserved win for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (adapted screenplay) for The Social Network, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score for The Social Network, and Toy Story 3 for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year.
Inception was a big winner in the technical-type awards, such as sound, visual effects, and cinematography. Speaking of Inception, actually, how on earth did Christopher Nolan *not* get nominated for directing? Anyway, Alice in Wonderland took a couple of awards for costumes and artwork as well.
One disappointment, for me at least, was that Banksy didn’t take home the award for Best Documentary, Features with Exit Through the Gift Shop. I do admit that I haven’t seen the film that won, Inside Job, but I thoroughly enjoyed Banksy’s film. It did take the Independent Spirit Award, though, so I suppose that’s something. I’m curious if Banksy showed up to the Oscars in his disguise, as he had requested. I don’t remember cameras being panned to the audience to him.
Did your favorite actors/films win this year?
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am