I believed many have already known the result of the 83rd Academy Awards held recently in Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles before jumping to this page. Some might have even watched it from tv or online, some might have heard the news from tv or radio stations, some might have even watched it live at the venue itself. Anyway, I would still post the official result of the Oscar 2011.
I will also list down the nominations with the winning ones bolded as to check out which/who won or lost…Below each category is my opinion on the winner. Mainly the result seems to be predictable, but still there is few categories that gave us a shock, or I can say, surprise, as our prediction (majority) went wrong on these categories.
“Black Swan,” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
“The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
“Inception,” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
“The Kids Are All Right,” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
“The King’s Speech,” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
“127 Hours,” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
“The Social Network,” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán, Producers
“Toy Story 3″ Darla K. Anderson, Producer
“True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
“Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers
Analysis: I believed more than 70% picked The King’s Speech, including myself. However, I still prefer The Social Network for its brilliant in all aspects required for a movie, while The King’s Speech is more like a play of history only, but still everyone is assured that the Academy members (average with over 50 years old) are having traditional mindsets, and so they are in favour of The King’s Speech. Come on, it’s now the time for the modern society with great modern film like this to get this top award.
Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
James Franco in “127 Hours”
Analysis: Over 90% of people voted for Colin Firth. The main reason is not that he did extremely good in The King’s Speech, but the real answer is he lost last year. So everyone would want to erase his pain last year by giving him this year. A bit unfair to other more deserving nominees, like Jesse Eisenberg and James Franco whom did extremely well, far better than Colin Firth, to be honest. It is so easy for Colin to act in stammering, I’m sure everyone can act on that!
Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”
Analysis: Many have predicted Christian Bale to win, and so he did. I have not much comment on this as I did not watch The Fighter, but I believed he is favoured due to his excellent performance in the film.
Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”
Analysis: Similar to best actor’s category, almost everyone wanted Natalie Portman to win this with Annette Bening, the more experienced one as the dark horse. I loved Natalie’s performance very much in Black Swan and she did impressively good, more than enough to win Best Actress. I like the winner of this category, which is very much predicted. I’m sure Academy members will not take age as a matter in all cases like seldom giving awards to the ones below 30. Experience is not the best point, the skill is the one that judges. If she didn’t win this one, I would definitely boycott the Oscar.
Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”
Analysis: I paid not much attention to this just like the Best Supporting Actor’s category. Out of statistics I revealed earlier, Melissa Leo outshines Amy Adams in The Fighter, and finally outshines all nominees to grab this award. I believed it is well deserving.
Animated Feature Film
“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
“Toy Story 3″ Lee Unkrich
Analysis: 100% of people voted for Toy Story 3, but I think there are still couple of votes for the other two nominees. This is among the best animated feature films ever released by Hollywood, not only the best for the year. Everyone would boycott Oscar if this doesn’t goes to Toy Story 3 which is touching and great.
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1″
“The King’s Speech”
Analysis: I did not watch Alice in Wonderland. However, from my perspective after looking at its trailer, screenshots and posters, I believed there are many hard works put on making this artistically-beautiful film a success. Excellent art direction with help of technology in creating this one, Alice in Wonderland.
“Black Swan,” Matthew Libatique
“Inception,” Wally Pfister
“The King’s Speech,” Danny Cohen
“The Social Network,” Jeff Cronenweth
“True Grit,” Roger Deakins
Analysis: Cinematography means the way of developing a film. I’m satisfied that this award goes to Inception. It is a brilliantly-crafted film with those stunning effects, impressive idea behind the storyline and good performances by the cast.
“Alice in Wonderland,” Colleen Atwood
“I Am Love,” Antonella Cannarozzi
“The King’s Speech,” Jenny Beavan
“The Tempest,” Sandy Powell
“True Grit” Mary Zophres
Analysis: The costume design of characters in Alice in Wonderland is very creative, colourful and I think Colleen Atwood put a lot of time on thinking which design suits each character more. Congratulation as this brilliant work is paid off by winning this award. Some said this might goes to The King’s Speech, but I think no design is needed for the costumes in this film, just referenced it from the past, and there you go. So, Alice in Wonderland is more deserving.
“Black Swan,” Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter,” David O. Russell
“The King’s Speech,” Tom Hooper
“The Social Network,” David Fincher
“True Grit,” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Analysis: Over 80% predicted that David Fincher would take this award home for his brilliant directing for The Social Network. It should be a kind of consolation prize as The Social Network would have very minimal hope in winning Best Picture. Furthermore, his directing is very awesome, as I saw some clips from the Behind-the-Scenes; he really direct from every aspects to every details of the movie. Finally, Tom Hooper wins it as usually, the best director of the best picture wins. Is it very hard to direct Colin to stammer? Haha…Many would disliked the result of this category like me. It should be the time for David Fincher.
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
Analysis: This is like a consolation prize to The Social Network. This film truly deserved this award too. The editing is well made from every aspects in the film. The editors really know well on where to cut to other scenes, where to start the background music, etc. Good job!
Music (Original Score)
“How to Train Your Dragon,” John Powell
“Inception,” Hans Zimmer
“The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours,” A.R. Rahman
“The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Analysis: For this category, I preferred Inception and The Social Network. Inception’s soundtracks are stunning, while The Social Network’s soundtrack are evoking emotional response with its creepy and lonely feel. Stunning soundtracks are easy to create, and so the award goes to The Social Network’s score that fits perfectly well to the film.
Music (Original Song)
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong,” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from “Tangled,” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours,” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
Analysis: Not much comment on this category, but I preferred I See the Light from Tangled, as it is such a romantically-beautiful song from Disney. However, We Belong Together seems to impress on more people’s hearts, accompanied by the touching story of Toy Story 3, which binds the toys together at the end too despite Andy leaving them.
“Inception,” Richard King
“Toy Story 3,” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
“Tron: Legacy,” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
“True Grit,” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
“Unstoppable,” Mark P. Stoeckinger
Analysis: For categories that fall under sound or those effects thingy, Inception should win. And yes, Inception won, including this one. Excellent sound editing in this film, that heightens the climax as the story progresses from dream to another dream from this film.
“Inception,” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
“The King’s Speech,” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
“Salt,” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
“The Social Network,” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
“True Grit,” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
Analysis: Yes, another one for Inception. All the effects like visual and sound for this movie are just fantastic, and way too awesome! Without great sound mixing and editing, this sci-fi movie won’t rocks!
“Alice in Wonderland,” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
“Hereafter,” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
“Inception,” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
“Iron Man 2,” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick
Analysis: Wow, another minor award for Inception. The visual effects from this film are stunning, and these are beautifully-created with a lot of works alongside with aid from technology. They could create a city, blow a city, they could even roll up the city of Paris in the film, hanging above you. What’s more to say?
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“127 Hours,” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
“The Social Network,” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3,” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit,” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter’s Bone,” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
Analysis: This had to be seriously landed on Aaron Sorkin’s hand for writing such an impressive script for The Social Network. I personally had read the script and it is marvelous. All the dialogues are very well-written. He is the one that contributed to the success of the screenplay of the film, which is what makes the film among the best for the year. Hands down on him, nothing more to say.
Writing (Original Screenplay)
“Another Year,” Written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter,” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception,” Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right,” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
“The King’s Speech,” Screenplay by David Seidler
Analysis: The screenplay for The King’s Speech is good, but just not as outstanding as The Social Network winning in adapted one. I’m fine with The King’s Speech winning this, but not the Best Picture. I also would like to mention that the screenplay for Inception is a better one to win this, as the idea of Inception is very cool and creative in producing such a great movie.
No analysis for the following categories which gave me no interest on it, as I have not watched all of these features, except one which is Day and Night in Short Animated Film category.
“Exit through the Gift Shop,” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
“Gasland,” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
“Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Restrepo,” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
“Waste Land,” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley
Documentary (Short Subject)
“Killing in the Name”
“Strangers No More”
“Sun Come Up”
“The Warriors of Qiugang”
Foreign Language Film
“In a Better World,” Denmark
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi),” Algeria
“Barney’s Version,” Adrien Morot
“The Way Back,” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
“The Wolfman,” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Short Film (Animated)
“Day & Night,” Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let’s Pollute,” Geefwee Boedoe
“The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois
Short Film (Live Action)
“The Confession,” Tanel Toom
“The Crush,” Michael Creagh
“God of Love,” Luke Matheny
“Na Wewe,” Ivan Goldschmidt
“Wish 143,” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite
Overall winning statistic:
The five major winning films are the following:
The King’s Speech – winning 4 (picture, leading actor, original screenplay, directing)
Inception – winning 4 (cinematography, visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing)
The Social Network – winning 3 (adapted screenplay, film editing, original score)
The Fighter – winning 2 (supporting actor, supporting actress)
Alice in Wonderland – winning 2 (art direction, costume design)
Overall comment: As expected, the winning list that is announced for the 83rd Academy Awards seems to be satisfying overall with majority of the winners go to the ones picked in predictions by many people from different backgrounds including myself. There is still some surprises, with some awards going to the hands of not-so-deserving. I suggest that more younger members should be added into Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, so that it would be more balanced and universally-minded, with fair chances going to the young ones, by not just having young hosts only. Anyway, there it goes. It’s the end of Oscar 2011.