‘King’s Speech’ wins four Oscars, including Best Picture…

Posted by · 9:06 pm · February 27th, 2011

…and the sun will still rise tomorrow.  Full list of the winners at The Circuit.  We’ll be back tomorrow to put a bow on the season.  Feel free to carry over conversation from the open thread here.

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  • 1 2-28-2011 at 12:04 am

    San FranCinema said...

    Very happy with tonight’s awards. The best picture montage set to Beethoven’s 7th (the King’s Speech finale) was beatiful.

    Anne Hathaway was the star of the night. Franco was her “straight man.” He didn’t shine, but he played his part.

    Natalie’s speech was the best. Colin sounded canned. Christian and Melissa were the personalities of the night — they seemed “real.” Her win got the biggest applause of the night at my Awards Party.

    Other highlights: the “God of Love” guy; the “Inside Job” fraud call-out; and David Seidler’s speech from the heart.

    Otherwise, it was all gown-talk: Pro-Reese & Halle; anti-Marissa & Cate.

  • 2 2-28-2011 at 1:53 am

    karol said...

    it was a pretty boring & predictable night (i’m not saying i got everything right in my predictions.no,i got 17 categories correct, but in the other 7 my alternatives won).
    i was pretty surprised only by 2 wins.Inception for Cinematography (is this one for the destroyed city’s visual effects?) & The Social Network for Score over more traditional & beautiful The King’s Speech that in the end won Best Picture! that proves it was a really tight race.
    the things i liked? hmm, the children choir in the end? then,i don’t really remember.
    the things i didn’t like? Melissa Leo.not because of the f*** word, but for her pretending to not act like a diva that she really was this night & after accepting, for her silly behavior with Douglas’ stick :|
    the things i learned? never bet against Burton’s movies in Art Direction & pick the most colorful Costumes.
    i’m glad this season is over.

  • 3 2-28-2011 at 2:52 am

    Authorized said...

    In regards to Franco, I heard Danny Boyle say he thought he was stoned the first time they met. It’s just his look but he didn’t really do enough.

    Anyone spot Sorkin turn around to shake Seidler’s hand after his name was called?

    The debate will always go on as to whether the Academy chooses the “best picture”. What is clear is that they’ve often gone for moving, touching drama’s with strong acting. The King’s Speech was that movie this year and simply carried Hooper along with it.

  • 4 2-28-2011 at 4:30 am

    Graysmith said...

    The King’s Speech only managing a rather paltry four wins seems to signal to me that this type of film really has fallen out of favour. Yes, it won Best Picture and nothing but the most major prizes, but it’s the type of film that 10-15 years ago easily would’ve taken home 8-10 Oscars. I thought I was being modest with my predictions for it, and it managed even fewer than that.

    That doesn’t mean these sort of films can’t and won’t win in the future, a good movie is a good movie, but a crowd-pleaser period drama only managing four Oscars signals change.

  • 5 2-28-2011 at 4:53 am

    David said...

    They haven’t awarded a period drama in years. If anything, they’re gradually changing back to that.

  • 6 2-28-2011 at 5:23 am

    Sertan said...

    I dont understand why some people say it was a predictable and boring night!

    Unlike last year when Monique won, this year we were not 100% sure that Melissa Leo would win. So I was quite nervous when Kirk Douglas opened the envelope.

    Also, some people expecting Geoffrey Rush upset!

    How can you say it was boring and expecting when Jeff Bridges came to the stage? Didnt you think that Annette might pull an upset?

    After losing tech awards, werent you surprised that TKS won the best director?

    My only problem is since there were acting awards after Director award, that took away the surprise factor from Best Picture award!

    Overall, yes there was no big major upset but the i kept my breathe a few times when they opened the enveloped, not being sure whose name they will announce!

  • 7 2-28-2011 at 5:52 am

    JJ1 said...

    Jeff said: I’m a Franco fan, but his dickish attitude tonight was completely off-putting. And, unfortunately, it made Hathaway’s seemingly genuine excitement seem too hyped-up. They didn’t work as a pair at all and Franco’s completely to blame for that. Pair Hathaway with Hugh Jackman next year.

    I kinda agree. I mean, I LOVE Franco. I think he’s a great actor, and love his blase humor. But it just didn’t work here. Simple as that. And it DID make Anne’s excitement come off badly.

    Next year, I say JT and Sandra B. Or Jackman again. Or Crystal.

    Melissa Leo. Say what you want, she’ll forever be remembered for this Oscar season; including her speech, here. I love her; but also wish she went a different route. She even said something like “I’m learning about you, Academy”. haha

    I was not bored throughout the show. That said, it was hard to be. I was with 15 LOUD people who kept the proceedingls moving swiftly. And the show went quick anyway (what, 3 hours and 10 minutes?). And I loved the children singing at the end with the winners behind them. My entire party loved that.

  • 8 2-28-2011 at 5:58 am

    JJ1 said...

    I also don’t know that – in spite of her nuttiness – this Oscar season will ruin Melissa Leo’s chances in the future. She’s obviously well-liked. I’ve never heard one bad report about her on-set. And she gives good performances.

    Will she win another Oscar? Extremely doubtful. But I think she’ll still get work and be liked in her community.

    She just doesn’t know and/or respect Hollywood etiquette. Which is either awesome or unfortunate depending on who you poll.

  • 9 2-28-2011 at 5:59 am

    Loyal said...

    Once The King’s Speech lost score, I was pretty certain it wasn’t winning BP. It had already lost of the key techs to Alice in Wonderland, we knew cinematography and editing weren’t happening. So as I had originally predicted a month ago, it came down to Score. And that went to The Social Network

    Then Hooper happened and it turned the whole thing around.

    I thought The King’s Speech would win BP and a total of 5 Oscars. I never understood the idea that it would win 7,8,9 Oscars, that just seemed really unlikely. I figured Picture, Actor, Screenplay, Score, and either Costume or Production Design.

    The idea that The King’s Speech’s Oscar haul is somehow paltry is truly misguided. No Country won BP with 4 Oscars. Sure The King’s Speech had 12 nominations but it also had heavy competition throughout the tech categories.

  • 10 2-28-2011 at 6:19 am

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    Melissa Leo is a shrill, crazy bitch.

    The only thing objectionable about her f-bomb is how utterly rehearsed and contrived it was, as is everything she does.

  • 11 2-28-2011 at 6:29 am

    Joey said...

    People may think that Leo came across as crass last night, but she’s a fantastic actress who totally deserves that Oscar.

    Does anyone else think it was funny that Spielberg made that comment about what movies that losers of Best Picture will join?

  • 12 2-28-2011 at 6:29 am

    JJ1 said...

    I never thought The King’s Speech was a Ben-Hur, Slumdog, English Patient, Last Emperor kind of sweeper. It’s not those movies.

    It’s a small, small huamn movie with superb acting and a few nice technicals.

    4-5 wins is all I was expecting, honestly. It’s not a sweeping epic like many of those before it that won 6,7,8,9, etc..

  • 13 2-28-2011 at 6:37 am

    Simone said...

    I can only laugh at the people who are so upset that Fincher and TSN did not win the top awards , that they dare say that TKS “only” won 4 and that it was an indication of its true worth by not winning the tech awards.

    You’re pathetic. Doesn’t it cross your mind that your favorite film (TSN), Inception, and Alice deserved their wins in those categories? A TKS sweep was too generous to begin when there are so many great films this year.

    IN the end TKS won the ‘measely’ four that MATTERED. And the other films got the other cool categories.

    It’s all over now,stop crying and let’s look into next years contenders.

  • 14 2-28-2011 at 6:41 am

    Hero said...

    “It’s all over now,stop crying and let’s look into next years contenders.”

    Jane Eyre opens March 11!

  • 15 2-28-2011 at 7:03 am

    Keil Shults said...

    A very bland, forgettable ceremony. I’m glad TSN nabbed score, but the Best Director prize was truly upsetting…especially because it provided a painful spoiler to the night’s final prize.

    There was nothing (beyond score) to truly be excited about, and I sincerely hope they don’t ask Hathaway or Franco to host again. It wasn’t completely their fault, unless of course they wrote their own material (which I doubt). I’d take an aging Billy Crystal over Franco’s dopey smirk any day (and this coming from someone who admires Franco, in general).

    So yeah… no Banksy, no TSN for Best Pic, no great jokes, no memorable musical numbers, and no wardrobe malfunctions. Oh, and too much Kirk Douglas. That about sums it up.

  • 16 2-28-2011 at 7:17 am

    DylanS said...

    Ugh, Melissa Leo (aided by Kirk Douglas, to be fair) brought the show to a grinding hault. She gave a fine performance, but I just can’t stand her public personality. If you are a favorite to win an award, and have been accepting awards all season for it, then prepare a fucking speech. Though I will admit her debacle resulted in two of my favorite speech moments.

    1) Christian Bale teasing his own past with the f!*& bomb
    2) Aaron Sorkin completely ignoring the wrap-up music and calling out how disrespectful that was. He gave a fairly timed speech, but they were clearly trying to speed things up after Leo’s rambling.

    Also, I’m sure Guy shares this opinion, but I wish I could go back to the time when I didn’t care about awards like Art Direction, so I wouldn’t be so aghast that “Alice in Wonderland” actually beat “Inception” for it. They really need to change the award to Best Production Design, so they don’t automatically choose the artsiest film.

  • 17 2-28-2011 at 7:44 am

    Speaking English said...

    Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly said:

    “Funny, poised, relaxed, and smart, Anne Hathaway and James Franco made for marvelous Oscar hosts. Their combination of respect and informality struck the right tone for the night, a happily surprising production that had its share of fine moments both planned and ad-libbed.”

  • 18 2-28-2011 at 7:45 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    So Melissa Leo said “fuck” in her speech. Big deal. It’s a word, not a weapon. We all know it. We’ve all said it. She didn’t direct it anyone. No one was hurt.

    What is everyone so upset about?

  • 19 2-28-2011 at 7:55 am

    JJ1 said...

    ^ agreed. She was one of the better aspects of the night. A bit crass. A bit disrespectful. But I mean, hello, aren’t we all looking for off-the-cuff moments? Isn’t that what we’re always reading: ugh, boring. Boring speeches.

  • 20 2-28-2011 at 8:03 am

    David said...

    I was under the impression that no one actually cared that she used the word “fuck,” but that people suspected she used it in an attempt to make herself the center of attention.

    People are just turned-off by her methods of self-promotion. So, I think that’s why people are talking about it. But that has just been my impression.

  • 21 2-28-2011 at 8:04 am

    Keil Shults said...

    I don’t care that she said the F-word. It was more annoying that she acted so stunned, when she’s already won multiple awards for this role over the past few months. To top it off, her “acting stunned” wasn’t believable at all. Still, I admire her work as an actress. Moving on…

  • 22 2-28-2011 at 8:08 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Okay, so why is everyone angry that Leo acted shocked when she won? I recall Best Supporting Actress being a bit of a nail-biter this year.

  • 23 2-28-2011 at 8:09 am

    Sertan said...

    I cant believe that some hysterical, obsessed bloggers claim that there are TWO winners this year!
    That’s total B.S….There is only one Best Picture winner at the Oscars. and that’s the one that will be part of Oscar history, not the one that won critics awards…
    How many of you remember all those critics awards winners from 1990s or even 2000s.

    This is a total craziness and very very cheap! Oh well, what else can you expect from those self-important bloggers!

  • 24 2-28-2011 at 8:13 am

    Sertan said...


    yes it was a nail biter but she already had won many awards. So she should have been better prepared.

    I would have understood if Jacki Weaver won and had the same reaction! (I doubt she would, she looks classier than that!)

  • 25 2-28-2011 at 8:14 am

    Hero said...

    Let’s see how composed all of you would be if you won an Oscar.

    Just sayin’.

  • 26 2-28-2011 at 8:16 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Leo’s surprise seemed genuine to me — the pushback to her self-bought ads was so hostile that she could be forgiven for thinking she’d scuppered her chances. Plus, Kirk Douglas’s awkward presentation of the award wouldn’t have put any winner at ease.

  • 27 2-28-2011 at 8:26 am

    Andrej said...

    I really didn’t mind much Melissa Leo’s f-bomb. I was far more impressed later with the fact that a man who had a song called “Fist Fuck” ended up winning Best Original Score.

    So academic! xD But seriously, very happy for him.

  • 28 2-28-2011 at 8:52 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    I almost forgot about that, Andrej. Let me just type that right now…Academy Award-winner….Trent Reznor. Wow, never thought that would happen.

  • 29 2-28-2011 at 9:09 am

    Lev Lewis said...

    People are actually complaining about Leo saying fuck? I thought that was the best part of the night. Who actually wants non-crazy acceptance speeches?

  • 30 2-28-2011 at 11:09 am

    bluemoon02 said...

    I totally agree with Guy Lodge about Melissa Leo. I know she isn’t everyones cup of tea but this woman like I said before, is no pr natural like colin firth or sweet charm like amy adams. she is who she is and I heard she is a damn hard worker and a very good one at that. Stop bashing her I think it’s really hurtful .