It comes as no surprise that The King’s Speech won the most gongs at this year’s Academy Awards. Following on from its great success at the Golden Globes and Baftas alike it picked up the most prestigious awards whilst hotly tipped The Social Network was left almost empty handed. Here’s our super scientific pie chart of how the six big prizes were distributed yesterday:
The King’s Speech scooped half of the ‘Big Six’, winning Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth) and Best Director (Tom Hooper). The Fighter followed up the rear, picking up both Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale) and Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo). Natalie Portman scooped a solitary gong for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, winning the Best Actress award.
Toy Story 3 deservedly won Bets Animation (as well as Best Original Song) while Christopher Nolan’s Inception won several of the more technical prizes (including Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects). Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was awarded gongs for its Art Direction and Costume Design but Danny Boyle’s controversial 127 Hours, The Coens’s True Grit and the widely praised The Kids Are All Right all walked away awardless from the evening.
The Social Network was awarded gongs for its editing, soundtrack and adapted screenplay whilst The King’s Speech won again for its original screenplay.
James Franco and Anne Hathaway, bought in to attract younger viewers, have had their presenting skills questioned (at one point Franco was dressed as Marilyn Monroe…?) but nevertheless the evening offered its usual array of well-groomed Hollywood starlets walking the red carpet in ridiculously expensive attire. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
We’re sad to report that none of you quite have the Mystic Meg gift, having only correctly guessed about half of he night’s winners in your predictions. Whilst you would have seen Geoffrey Rush walk away with Oscar in hand, Christian Bale pipped him to the post, Helena Bonham Carter wasn’t given the opportunity for another acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress and Darren Aronofsky lost out to Tom Hooper’s directorial prowess. Still, you’ve got a whole year to hone your predictive powers for the 84th Academy Awards… see you there!