Oscars 2011 – Complete List Of Winners and Round Up

2011 Oscars Round Up – More predictable than Charlie Sheen’s career meltdown

With the close of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, I wonder yet again why I bothered to endure the three hours of back-slapping self-congratulatory guff I put myself through each year. The vain hope that this year will be different perhaps? An actual reflection of what deserved to win? More fool me. I should have learnt that this will never be the case back in 2002, when Denzel Washington won the award for Training Day over Russell Crowe.

In fairness, this year’s ceremony wasn’t as farcical as last year’s outrage (referring of course, to Kathryn Bigelow’s win for Hurt Locker over Avatar, et al). Natalie Portman certainly deserved the award for Best Actress in Black Swan; Christian Bale’s Best Supporting Actor win was a done deal as anyone who has seen The Fighter can testify; and I can live with Colin Firth’s Best Actor win for The King’s Speech.

But I was a little disappointed (but not surprised) at how well The King’s Speech actually did. It was definitely a good film and far more enjoyable than I had expected, but the best picture of 2010? Better than Shutter Island, Inception, Black Swan and True grit? I think not. The same can be said for Tom Hooper’s Best Director Oscar: surely Darren Aronofsky showed far more directorial prowess with the intricately crafted and beautifully told Black Swan. I’d even put Anton Corbijn for The American above Hooper in this regard. And did The King’s Speech really have the best screenplay out of all the films of last year?

And speaking of Shutter Island, why the hell wasn’t it even nominated?! Now that they’ve finally given Scorcese the coveted gold man, it’s as if he just doesn’t exist anymore to the judge panel.

Thankfully, the acceptance speeches showed a restraint that is typically uncommon, if you omit Melissa Leo’s soon to be notorious F-bomb (which I thought was a little staged: make the headlines today and your star rating increases tomorrow). Natalie Portman admirably resisted breaking down in the style of Gwyneth Paltrow while Christian Bale generally held it together, despite forgetting his wife’s name. The speeches themselves were pretty predictable with each recipient looking unconvincingly surprised at their win, while proceeding to thank every man and their dog for giving them the bizarrely coveted prize of a gold plated tin man.

I think what buzzes me most about the Oscars is the overwhelming belief that if you don’t win an award, your career is not complete. Come on people! An award ceremony that has such a dubious voting process with a track record that contains so many bunk wins, surely can’t be classed as valid, let alone important. I always believed an artist worked for the art itself, not the false adulation afterwards… though I guess they do things differently in Hollywood.

All in all, a predictable and unsurprising ceremony this year, which has left me more than a little tired (the Academy Awards screen at 2.30am onwards in the UK). However, fool that I am, I’m sure I will back next year, watching the same routine spiel out to its predetermined conclusion.

‘What the hell am I doing here?’ – Christian Bale, 83rd Academy Awards

Full list of winners:

:: Best Picture – The King’s Speech.

:: Best Actor – Colin Firth, The King’s Speech.

:: Best Actress – Natalie Portman, Black Swan.

:: Supporting Actor – Christian Bale, The Fighter.

:: Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo, The Fighter.

:: Director – Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech.

:: Animated Feature – Toy Story 3.

:: Adapted Screenplay – The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin.

:: Original Screenplay – The King’s Speech, David Seidler.

:: Art Direction – Alice in Wonderland.

:: Cinematography – Inception – Wally Pfister.

:: Costume Design – Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood.

:: Documentary Feature, Inside Job.

:: Documentary Short Subject, Strangers No More.

:: Film Editing – The Social Network.

:: Foreign Language Film, In a Better World.

:: Makeup – The Wolfman.

:: Original Score – The Social Network.

:: Original Song – We Belong Together, from Toy Story 3.

:: Animated Short Film – The Lost Thing.

:: Live Action Short Film – God of Love.

:: Sound Editing – Inception – Richard King.

:: Sound Mixing – Inception.

:: Visual Effects – Inception.

This post was written by @filmfellahenry
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About filmfellahenry
Film reviewer, script writer and occasional painter. Fan of Lumet, Aronofsky and Kubrick, with a good measure of early John Carpenter thrown in. Particularly like post-apocalyptic sci-fi, horror and fantasy film genres.

5 Responses to Oscars 2011 – Complete List Of Winners and Round Up

  1. Caz says:

    I gave up at around 3am and went to bed, it was just too boring to stay awake and watch for me. What did you think of Franco and Hathaway?

    • I suffered a similar Oscar coma by about 4am – by 6, I had trouble remembering my own name. Franco and Hathaway were ok; though it almost seemed like presenting was a consolation prize for Franco, who was blatantly never going to win an award. To be honest, after watching Gervais at the Golden Globes I found any presenter unwilling to rip their audience into tiny pieces a tad disappointing.

  2. Josh Dunne says:

    I’m sorry, but there is no way that Tom Hooper gave a better directorial effort in The King’s Speech than Aronofsky, Fincher and The Coens did in theirs. That’s an actor-driven film if I ever saw one. Also, The King’s Speech for best film? I don’t think so. It clearly should’ve been The Social Network. Or True Grit for that matter. James Franco should’ve won best actor too. Talk about carrying a film.
    Hailee Steinfeld should’ve won best supporting actress.

    • I pretty much agree. In my book, Aronofsky should have cleaned up, at least if the awards were an actual reflection of the films themselves. Wasn’t so bothered about Social Network being left out: it was enjoyable enough, but I felt it lacked the substance of Fincher’s previous films and displayed very little character progression.

      And while Melissa Leo was the obvious Best Supporting Actress choice, it would have been nice to see Hailee Steinfeld acknowledged for her brilliant performance.

      Golden Globes were indeed far more entertaining this year.

  3. Josh Dunne says:

    The Golden Globes always get it right. I think of them as the main Film Awards ceremony now.

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