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83rd Annual Academy Awards Recap

Well, the entertainment industry’s biggest night just came to a close. The King’s Speech predictably won Best Picture. Oddly enough, the Tom Hooper-helmed costume drama only managed to win big in three other categories: Director (Tom Hooper), Actor (Colin Firth), and Original Screenplay (David Seidler). Period pieces tend to do well in the technical races – especially ones that win Best Picture – but prevailing there were films such as Alice in Wonderland (God help us), Inception, and The Social Network.

Despite being young, fresh faces in Hollywood, James Franco and Anne Hathaway are exuberant and classy individuals, fully dedicated to the craft of acting. However, much of their hiring dealt with the desire to reach a younger demographic.

As a result, the material Franco and Hathaway had to work with was quite dreadful. After a pre-recorded opening where the two venture through several of this year’s Best Picture nominees, things took a devastating turn for the worse. One of these blunders included a segment where dialogue from films in 2010 was auto-tuned and made into music. It works for Internet memes on occasion, but it certainly doesn’t fit in with an Oscar ceremony.

It didn’t help that Billy Crystal came out at one point and recited a monologue in true Oscar host fashion. Franco and Hathaway ultimately carried themselves with gracious professionalism, but it wasn’t enough to save the night as a whole.

Check out the full list of the winners below.

Best Picture: The King’s Speech
Best Director: Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)
Best Actor: Colin Firth (The Social Network)
Best Actress: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (The Fighter)
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler (The King’s Speech)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)
 
Best Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Best Cinematography: Inception
Best Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Best Film Editing: The Social Network
Best Sound Editing: Inception
Best Sound Mixing: Inception
Best Visual Effects: Inception
Best Original Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network)
Best Original Song: “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 (written by Randy Newman)

Best Animated Feature:
Toy Story 3
Best Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Best Foreign Language Feature: In a Better World (Denmark)
Best Documentary (Short Subject): Strangers No More
Best Short Film (Animated): The Lost Thing
Best Short Film (Live Action): God of Love

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