Awards season ends on a victorious but predictable note for “The King’s speech!

All in all this was a huge victory for Tom Hooper’s “King’s Speech”; the film has received rave reviews both from audiences and critics around the globe and won 4 trophies during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night. Surely the universal theme of struggle in face of adversity and unavoidable responsibilities did resonate well with audiences! The performance of the cast alone did wonder!

The Academy finally gave Colin Firth his well-deserved crown on Sunday night. Only a year after he also delighted audiences in Tom Ford’s directorial debut with his poignant portrayal of a middle-aged gay man trying to come to terms with the sudden death of his partner and for which he actually got an Oscar nomination but left the ceremony empty-handed.

One could argue though that the Academy Awards ceremony has become more and more predictable and not particularly original in its distribution of prizes. Sometimes inconsistent or unforgivable for its odd snub (How on earth did Christopher Nolan miss out on a nomination for Best Director this year?!!)

Gone it seems are the days where the Oscars could really surprised us; think Paul Haggis’ small budgeted, independent “Crash” which ended up winning the Oscar for Best film, totally unexpectedly or Hilary Swank’s riveting first major performance that got her the “Best actress in a leading role” prize for “Boys don’t cry” at a stage in her career when very few if anyone knew who she was.

One have to admit that both Natalie Portman’s in the Psycho-sexual thriller “Swan” and Melissa Leo’s performance as the chain-saw-tough matriarch in “The Fighter” were outstanding, but again you could have bet without taking risks that these two were winners!

Right from the opening of the Awards season every single awards seem to be given to the same actors and it certainly was the case with Colin Firth who literally scooped every single prize there was to take from Golden Globes to Bafta to Oscars and all the ones in between.

There’s too much effort it seems to ferret out consensus among filmmakers, film-goers, pundits. There are now so many widely acknowledged precursors to the Oscars that the Oscar nods themselves have the feel of redundancy.

So has the Oscars become way too predictable?? Rating this years seem to indicate so!
The 83rd annual Academy Awards were watched by 37.6 million viewers, down 9% compared to last year’s Oscar-cast.
Hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco, who were chosen in part to inject some youth into the proceedings, the Oscars was flat year-to-year in the 18-49 demographic with an 11.7 rating

So the Oscars: Just an end-of-Awards -season ceremony with just a big (sometimes slow-paced) production but ultimately simply echoing every previous Awards event whilst claiming the attention of a much bigger audience??

Next year the big bosses at the Academy are going to have to work harder to re-inject a good dose of excitement, laughter and surprise if they want to prove us wrong and make a difference!!!

The Winners:
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening (The Kids are All Right)
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan) – WINNER
Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) – WINNER
James Franco (127 Hours)
Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale (The Fighter) – WINNER
John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)
Jeremy Renner (The Town)
Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are All Right)
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter) – WINNER
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3 – WINNER

Best Documentary Short Subject
Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More – WINNER
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

Best Short Film (Animated)
Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let’s Pollute
The Lost Thing – WINNER
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)

Best Short Film (Live Action)
The Confession
The Crush
God of Love – WINNER
Na Wewe
Wish 143

Achievement in Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland – WINNER
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
The King’s Speech
True Grit

Achievement in Cinematography
Black Swan
Inception – WINNER
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Achievement in Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland – WINNER
I Am Love
The King’s Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

Achievement in Directing
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
David O. Russell (The Fighter)
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) – WINNER
David Fincher (The Social Network)
Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit)

Best Documentary Feature
Exit through the Gift Shop
Inside Job – WINNER
Waste Land

Achievement in Makeup
Barney’s Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman – WINNER

Achievement in Film Editing
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network – WINNER

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Biutiful (Mexico)
Dogtooth (Greece)
In a Better World (Denmark) – WINNER
Incendies (Canada)
Hors la Loi (Algeria)

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
How to Train Your Dragon
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network – WINNER

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)
“Coming Home” from Country Strong
“I See the Light” from Tangled
“If I Rise” from 127 Hours
“We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 – WINNER

Achievement in Sound Editing
Inception – WINNER
Toy Story 3
TRON: Legacy
True Grit

Achievement in Sound Mixing
Inception – WINNER
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Achievement in Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Inception – WINNER
Iron Man 2

Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours (Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle)
The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin) – WINNER
Toy Story 3 (Michael Arndt, story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich)
True Grit (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik and Anne Rossellini)

Original Screenplay
Another Year (Mike Leigh)
The Fighter (Paul Attanasio, Lewis Colich, Eric Johnson, Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy)
Inception (Christopher Nolan)
The Kids are All Right (Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko)
The King’s Speech (David Seidler) – WINNER

By Fab Poller

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