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Oscar statuettes on display on February 23, 2011.
Oscar statuettes on display on February 23, 2011.
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“The King’s Speech” was crowned with four Oscars including best picture, best director (James Hooper), best original Screenplay (David Seidler) and best actor (Colin First) at Sunday’s 83rd Academy Awards. Despite early buzz, “The Social Network” didn’t win best movie or best director for David Fincher. But the edgy film about FaceBook did take home 3 Oscars for adapted screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), editing and original score. Natalie Portman won lead actress for her performance as an obsessed ballerina in “Black Swan” – leaving fans of Annette Bening’s performance in “The Kids Are All Right” crying foul. Actor Christian Bale, who played the drug-addicted “junk bag” Dicky Eklund in “The Boxer” won best supporting actor. And Melissa Leo, who co-starred as his manipulative mother, won best supporting actress – dropping the F-bomb and shaking in her “boots” during her acceptance speech. As hosts, James Franco and Anne Hathaway fizzled and/or sizzled, depending on who you ask. They were going for young and hip, even joking about trying to attract younger viewers to the broadcast. But critics say Hollywood’s golden night was extremely underwhelming. What did you think of the show? Was it hip or just more of the same? Did the right people and projects win? And why are writers so much better at acceptance speeches than performers?


John Horn, film writer for the Los Angeles Times