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Harvey is Officially Back: 'The King's Speech' Wins Best Picture Oscar

on February 27, 2011 by Phil Contrino
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Best Picture: The King's Speech

Well, that's it. Will this go down in history as an undeserved win? I certainly think so.

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Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech

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Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

I was still hoping Bening would pull out a victory here. Oh, well.

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Best Director: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech

Fincher was robbed. What a shame. Hooper is a great guy, but he didn't deserve to win this year.

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Best Original Song: "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3

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Best Film Editing: The Social Network

A crucial win. David Fincher's film has a lot of momentum...

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Best Visual Effects: Inception

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Billy Crystal provides a breath of fresh air.

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Best Documentary: Inside Job

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I really hope Exit Through the Gift Shop wins.

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I guess this is the "Young & Hip" portion of the show. Lame.

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Best Live Action Short Film: God of Love

Best Documentary Short Subject: Strangers No More

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Really weak list of song nominees this year.

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Best Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland

Interesting. I thought the King's Speech would win here. Could this be a sign of weakness?

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Best Makeup: The Wolfman

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Best Sound Editing: Inception

Best Sound Mixing: Inception

Christopher Nolan's flick should do very well in the tech categories. It has the advantage of being a film that people actually likeit's not a brainless blockbuster with flashy technology behind it.

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Best Original Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Nicely done, Academy. It's great to see an unconventional score take the prize.

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Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Yes! Where's the real Dicky Eklund at? He popped up on stage at the SAG Awards and he should be here for this. Spoke too soon. A plug from Bale for Eklund's business. I hope the site's servers are ready to handle a rush of traffic.

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Best Foreign Film: In A Better World

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Where did Franco go? Maybe a trip to Waffle House?

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Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King's Speech

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Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Of course. Great speech by Sorkin.

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Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3

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Best Animated Short: The Lost Thing

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Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Well, the personal "For Your Consideration" ads didn't hurt her after all. She delivered a terrible speech.

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Best Cinematography: Wally Pfister, Inception

Wow! Definitely an upset. Roger Deakins (True Grit) was the favorite to win.

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Best Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland

I'm surprised that King's Speech didn't take this.

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Does James Franco think he's making the sequel to Pineapple Express right now?

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Opening video needed more Baldwin and Freeman.

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There's often an upset in one of the five major categories. Remember when Adrien Brody won for The Pianist over Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt) and Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York)? Then there was Tilda Swinton taking Best Supporting Actress for Michael Clayton over Cate Blanchett (I'm Not There) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).

I think Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) over Melissa Leo (The Fighter) for Best Supporting Actress seems like a very real possibility. I would also love to see Annette Bening beat Natalie Portman. Bening's performance in The Kids Are All Right holds up after multiple viewings. Portman's does not.

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The fact that The Social Network producer Scott Rudin is staying in New York instead of going to the Oscars may be the final nail in the coffin. I'm still hoping for an upset over King's Speech, but it doesn't look likely.

Tags: The King's Speech, The Social Network, True Grit, The Kids Are All Right, Black Swan, 127 Hours, Winter's Bone, Inception, Toy Story 3
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