The King’s Speech
came out on top at yesterday’s 83rd Academy Awards - but only just, earning itself four of the golden baldies, including the coveted Best Picture gong.
In a disappointingly conservative ceremony, the biggest surprise turned out to be that The King’s Speech only took home four awards despite being nominated for 12.
But it grabbed the ones that counted, mostly, with Colin Firth finally earning the Best Actor gong that was snaffled from him last year (by Jeff Bridges). Tom Hooper snatched the Best Director award, while his film also earned the Best Original Screenplay trophy.
Elsewhere, Natalie Portman bagged Best Actress for her virtuoso turn in Black Swan , Christian Bale and Melissa Leo’s performances in The Fighter earned them both Best Supporting statuettes, and Toy Story 3 won Best Animated Feature.
Happily, Inception wasn’t overlooked (despite that controversial Best Director nom snub for Chris Nolan), earning a clutch of technical prizes – four in total.
Meanwhile, The Social Network scooped three awards including Best Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay (for Aaron Sorkin) and Best Score - for Trent Reznor’s innovative, atmospheric and much-deserving soundtrack.
For the full list of winners, see below…
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 ANIMATED FEATURE: Toy Story 3
BEST ART DIRECTION: Alice in Wonderland
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Inception
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Alice in Wonderland
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Inside Job
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Strangers No More
BEST EDITING: The Social Network
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: In a Better World
BEST MAKE-UP: The Wolfman
BEST SCORE: The Social Network
BEST SONG: Toy Story 3
BEST ANIMATED SHORT: The Lost Thing
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT: God of Love
BEST SOUND EDITING: Inception
BEST SOUND MIXING: Inception
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Inception
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Social Network
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The King’s Speech