Posted February 28, 2011 by Alex Moss Editor in Features

Oscar Winners 2011

So as the talented and the beautiful of Hollywood strutted their stuff on the Red Carpet last night there was the more serious affair of the winners and the losers. The King’s Speech walked away as the nights big winner with Best Film, Best Actor for Colin Firth and in the only slight surprise of the evening Tom Hooper with Best Director. The Social Network was perhaps the biggest loser of the night winning Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Score and Best Editing. Many had predicted that this would be David Fincher’s chance to win Best Director but The Social Network was unable to compete with Hoopers uplifting story of triumph in the face of adversity, Oscar loves a good underdog story.

To that extent it was less surprising to see Christian Bale, sporting a very bizarre beard, and Melissa Leo winning supporting gongs for The Fighter. However it was Natalie Portman who was the definition of poise and grace as she collected the Oscar for Best Actress.

In the technical categories Inception took the accolades while Roger Deakins, nominated 8 times in his career, lost out in best cinematography to Wally Pfister stunning look of Christopher Nolan’s dream world.

So overall a group of worthy winners and a night that only occasionally dabbled in cheesy. The full list of winners follows:

Best Picture
The King’s Speech

Best Director
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)

Best Actor
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)

Best Actress
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale (The Fighter)

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)

Best Foreign Language Film
In A Better World (Denmark)

Best Original Screenplay
David Seidler (The King’s Speech)

Best Animation
Toy Story 3

Best Adapted Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)

Best Art Direction
Alice In Wonderland – Robert Stromberg and Karen O’Hara

Best Cinematography
Wally Pfister – Inception

Best Sound Mixing

Best Sound Editing
Inception – Richard King

Best Original SongToy Story 3

Best Original Score
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network)

Best Costumes
Alice In Wonderland – Colleen Atwood

Best Documentary Feature
Inside Job

Best Documentary Short
Strangers No More

Best Film Editing
The Social Network – Angus Wall and Kurt Baxter

Best Animated Short Film
The Lost Thing

Best Live Action Short Film
God Of Love

Best Visual Effects

Best Make-up
The Wolfman – Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: