The 83rd Academy Award Winners (Live Updates)

The 83rd Academy Awards will be airing tonight on ABC at 730 CST and I will be bringing you the winners as they are presented live (you’ll have to refresh the page throughout the night if you stay with me). I’ll also be putting in my two cents and just trying to enjoy my night as this will be a pretty exciting awards show. Not only do we get the first co-ed co-hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, but the youngest ever too. I am also excited to see what Banksy will have in store if he will crash the award show or not.

To see who has won thus far, keep reading after the jump!

You can view my predictions here to see how right I have been so far.

The 83rd Academy Awards starts off with a really great light hearted funny skit to go through some of the best picture noms of the night.

A quick opening dialogue with James Franco and Anne Hathaway gets the light stolen away from them by James Franco’s grandma.

Best Art Direction: Presented by Tom Hanks

Alice in Wonderland (Winner)
The King’s Speech
True Grit
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

This was quite the toss up, but it was either this or Inception. Not a bad choice to win. AIW was very visually stunning and full of color and great detail.

Best Cinematography: Presented by Tom Hanks

Black Swan
Inception (Winner)
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

I had no doubt that this was would win. Inception had just incredible vision and was completely awe-inspiring.

Best Supporting Actress: Presented by Kirk Douglas

Kirk has some really great lines, had awesome stage presence, and left the actresses in great suspense.

Amy Adams – The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo – The Fighter (Winner)
Jacki Weaver – Animal Kingdom
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit

A well deserved win. She brought a lot of grit to that role and portrayed Alice remarkably.

Best Short Film (Animated): Presented by Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis

Justin Timberlake claims to be Banksy. Timberlake tries to pull a Kirk Douglas and it surprisingly worked. Later in the night it probably won’t go over well.

Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let’s Pollute
The Lost Thing (Winner)
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)

I’ll have to check out this short. I haven’t seen any of these nominees other than Day & Night, so it will be interesting to see how it got upstaged.

Best Animated Feature: Presented by Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis

The Illusionist – Django Films
How To Train Your Dragon – Dreamworks
Toy Story 3 – Pixar (Winner)

If this film didn’t win I would have expected riots in the streets. TS and TS2 never had a chance to win this award and I am glad to see TS3 got recognized.

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Presented by Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem wearing some really strange semi-matching white tuxedos.

127 Hours – Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network – Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (Winner)
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

Congratulations Mr. Sorkin, your screenplay has to be one of the best written pieces of work to come to Hollywood in a long time. This music cutting Sorkin off is really stupid, he deserves more time for recognition than they are allowing.

Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Presented by Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem

They are presenting the script and dialogue on the screen as the scenes play out, it is really cool.

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
The King’s Speech – Screenplay by David Seidler (Winner)

I hate to see Inception not win this award, but I knew there were some struggles with the writing. David Seidler did do a handsome job with the script and this is quite well deserved, so I applaud your efforts sir. He just stated that he is the oldest to win the award he believes. If you haven’t seen this movie, go see it.

Anne Hathaway begins a solo singing performance making fun of Hugh Jackman and Aussies. She has a pretty decent singing voice.

James Franco comes on wearing a bright pink dress and makes fun of Charlie Sheen.

Best Foreign Language Film: Presented by Helen Mirren and Russell Brand

Russell Brand interprets Helen Mirren’s french (?) and makes a great joke about how her acting as a Queen is uncomparable to Firth’s acting as a King.

In a Better World (Winner)
Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)

I had no idea who would win this category. So that is my two cents and I’m sticking to it.

Best Supporting Actor: Presented by Reese Witherspoon.

Christian Bale – The Fighter (Winner)
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech
John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right
Jeremy Renner – The Town

Batman did not have to make an appearance to wreck havok in the streets of Hollywood tonight. This honor goes to the correct actor, but I wouldn’t be disappointed to see Rush win either. Bale’s intensity was well displayed on the screen and just pushed the limits of method acting. Bale makes a great reference to his f-bomb droppings from the set of Terminator Salvation and throws a shout out to Dicky Ecklund in the back of the audience.

Best Music (Original Score): Presented by Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman

A great rendition of the Star Wars theme and other various films throughout the ages. All the nominees are performed by a nice little symphony.

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 (Winner)

I had to hold my breath on that one. So many great scores this year, but this was definitely the true gem of the year. It was completely original and so haunting.

Best Sound Mixing: Presented by Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey

Inception (Winner)
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

I’m not surprised in the least bit. This film was a technical achievement.

Best Sound Editing: Presented by Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey

Inception (Winner)
Toy Story 3
Tron: Legacy
True Grit

Inception wins again. I think mixing and editing pretty much go hand in hand, but I could be wrong.

So far I am 10 for 12 on my predictions.

Best Make Up: Presented by Cate Blanchett.

I find it amusing that she got played on by The Lord of the Rings theme.

The Wolfman (Winner)
Barney’s Version
The Way Back

For being such a horrible movie, like I stated before in my predictions, the transformation sequences in this movie were really well executed.

Best Costume Design: Presented by Cate Blanchett.

Alice in Wonderland (Winner)
The King’s Speech
I Am Love
The Tempest
True Grit

I figured it would be this or The King’s Speech. Alice was just so much more diverse in costume design and elegance. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone read from a piece a paper, but I’m sure I would be just as nervous trying to think of names or what to say on stage if I won an Oscar.

Best Documentary Short: Presented by Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal

Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More (Winner)
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

I had not seen any of these so good job Strangers No More.

Best Short Film (Live Action): Presented by Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal

The Confession
The Crush
God of Love (Winner)
Na Wewe
Wish 143

Luke Matheny, the director I’m assuming, wins for best scruffy hair as well as best short film.

LOL OF THE NIGHT: An autotune rendition of a films from 2010: Harry Potter, Toy Story 3, The Social Network, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Harry Potter wins that award for best autotune.

Best Documentary Feature: Presented by Oprah Winrey

Exit through the Gift Shop
Inside Job (Winner)
Waste Land

I am completely and utterly baffled that Exit Through The Gift Shop did not win. I really wanted to see Banksy blindside Oprah. But congratulations to Inside Job, I’ll put you in my Netflix queue.

Billy Crystal, one of the greatest Oscar hosts is welcomed on stage by Anne Hathaway. I just watched When Harry Met Sally… the other night. Crystal presents a look back at Bob Hope and the beginning of the Academy Awards. Everyone is picking on Hugh Jackman tonight.

Bob Hope is presented holographically on stage to pay homage to the hey day of the Academy Awards. Bob Hope presents Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

Best Visual Effects: Presented by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law

RDJ upstages Jude Law continually “interrupting” him. Jude Law rips on RDJ for his sketchy past.

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Inception (Winner)
Iron Man 2

Was there any question that Inception would lose? These guys just dominated visual effects this year. Although HP had some absolutely stunning CGI, Inception beats it to a pulp.

Best Film Editing: Presented by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law

Black Swan
127 Hours
The Fighter
The Social Network (Winner)

This film was just slick, it was sleek, and it was cut to a tee. Without their outstanding editing abilities, this film wouldn’t be the film it turned out to be.

Best Music (Original Song): Presented by Kevin Spacey in the first half and Jennifer Hudson in the second half.

Spacey sang a nice rendition of an old song that I can’t remember what he said. Randy Newman starts off the presentation of nominated songs. Alan Menken takes the piano with Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore singing the lyrics from Tangled.

Best song nominees continue later in the evening with the final two songs. A.R. Rahman and Florence Welch perform the song from 127 Hours. Gwyenth Paltrow takes the stage to perform the nominated song from Country Strong.

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

Congratulations to Newman, nominated 20 times and this is his 2nd win. His voice really doesn’t fit his exterior.

The in memoriam section for those who have passed away from the past year brings tears to my eyes (not really, but it is sad). The song is performed by Celine Dion. Halle Berry presents a segment for the late Lena Horne.

Best Director: Presented by Hilary Swank and Kathryn Bigelow

David Fincher – The Social Network
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech (Winner)
David O. Russell – The Fighter
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – True Grit
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

I am completely baffled. COMPLETELY. BAFFLED. Although the direction of the actors was well conveyed in The King’s Speech, I just didn’t see this as a stronger story. Yes this film had weight on portraying the movement of a man for his country, but The Social Network was a more powerful and monumental film that represented a story that changed the face of how we interact as an entire world. Fincher took a magnificent screenplay and manipulated all aspects of filmmaking to construct an incredible film.  Congratulations to Tom Hooper, but I feel bad for Fincher.

Eli Wallach, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jean-Luc Godard are all recognized on stage for 2 seconds as amazing faces of cinema history. What a shame that they didn’t get the true recognition they deserve.

Best Actress: Presented by Jeff Bridges

Natalie Portman – Black Swan (Winner)
Annette Benning – The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

If Natalie has her baby on stage that will just be the winning achievement of the night. Crying instantly of course, I bet that comes with the boosted hormones from her baby. Natalie Portman threw everything into this role and was stunning as Nina Sayers. She was strong, she was crazy, she was weak, she was vulnerable, and won over the screen. Portman grabs this well deserved win.

Best Actor: Presented by Sandra Bullock

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech (Winner)
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network
Javier Bardem – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
James Franco – 127 Hours

Makes a hilarious statement that his career has peaked. Firth is a well deserving actor who was phenomenal in A Single Man as well. No other actor in this category had the complete depth that Firth delivered. Although I did not see Bardem, and I’m sure he lit up the screen, Firth was no question the sure winner of this category.

Best Picture: Presented by Stephen Spielberg

A powerful and well edited montage of the best picture nominees is presented with the voice over of Colin Firth’s speech from TKS.

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

Bleh, whatever. Such Oscar bait, but it was a good story. There was plenty of passion behind the actors and it was a strong story. It was a tough category to predict between Network and Speech. TSN had so much steam behind it throughout the entire year, but TKS came upon like a whirlwind and struck it down. This just proves it doesn’t matter how many awards you win, it just matters what that Academy thinks.

The chorus group from Staten Island PS22 district comes on stage to sing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. All the winners take the stage with the kids and Melissa Leo is shown singing along.

I predicted 17 of the 24 awards correctly. Meh.

Post Award Thoughts:

Kirk Douglas and James Franco’s grandma upstaged the entire night. We never got to see Banksy. The jokes were really bland and it just seemed like they were running through the motions. Many spoilers were thrown into all the clips of the movies shown. The use of younger hosts to attract a younger audience really had no weight to provide a stronger show. Franco comes on stage at the beginning with his phone? So hip. They were lively, but I’d rather have the tension of Gervais almost. I didn’t feel any real energy in this ceremony. Bob Hope’s ghost was a little pushing it. There was nothing that really was eventful or shocking during the night either, which was disappointing. If you break it down, True Grit was the biggest loser.

True Grit: 10 Nominations / O Wins

The King’s Speech: 12 Nominations / 4 Wins

Inception: 8 Nominations / 4 Wins

The Social Network: 8 Nominations / 3 Wins

The Fighter: 7 Nominations / 2 Wins

Toy Story 3: 5 Nominations / 2 Wins

Black Swan: 5 Nominations / 1 Win

6 thoughts on “The 83rd Academy Award Winners (Live Updates)

  1. The Social Network is a good film with an excellent story, but best director has nothing to do with how popular a film is. Excellent direction is exemplified by The Kings Speech’s Tom Hooper.

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