The King’s Speech wins big at lackluster Academy Awards

James Franco, Oscar®-nominee for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and Anne Hathaway host the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® broadcast by the ABC Television Network from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, February 27, 2011. credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Christian Bale accepts the Oscar® for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, for his role in “The Fighter” during the live ABC Television Network broadcast of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, February 27, 2011. credit: MICHAEL YADA / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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The 83rd Academy Awards presented by younger and hipper hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway was an experiment not to be repeated. This was a case of choosing celebrity over qualified and seasoned hosts. There’s a reason why audiences love experienced hosts to present the biggest award ceremony on the planet, they’re funny and they can whoop up a crowd. Three hours is a long time to keep an audience energized and interested.

Franco, don’t give up your day job, stick to acting for now because you just aren’t experienced enough for this. Sorry to say I told you so but what were the Academy thinking? This is not Franco’s fault. How could he turn down such an offer. But why ask a young actor to take on such a big show? If this was stage, Franco would have been booed off and the production would close on opening night.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Academy needs to stick to professional hosts and comics. And did I mention the chemistry between Franco and Hathaway? If you saw any of the clips put out by the Academy over the last few weeks you’d know the two together were like wet fish and about as funny as an earthquake. We don’t watch the Academy Awards to think that we the audience can do a better job. We watch it to see the best hosts and presenters the entertainment industry has to offer.

Franco failed because he made this about him. He said before the show that he didn’t care if he bombed. A professional host and stage performer is all about the audience -the audience is number one and giving them a good time is paramount. Actor Hugh Jackman understood this.

Let’s hope the Academy hires Ricky Gervais to do the job properly next year.

And the winners are:

 

Actor in a Leading Role

Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale in “The Fighter”

Actress in a Leading Role

Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Melissa Leo in “The Fighter

Animated Feature Film

“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction

“Alice in Wonderland” 
Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara

Cinematography

“Inception” Wally Pfister

Costume Design

“Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood

Directing

“The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper

Documentary (Feature)

“Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

Documentary (Short Subject)

“Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon

Film Editing

“The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Foreign Language Film

“In a Better World” Denmark

Makeup

“The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)

“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)

“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″ Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best Picture

“The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

Short Film (Animated)

“The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

Short Film (Live Action)

“God of Love” Luke Matheny

Sound Editing

“Inception” Richard King

Sound Mixing

“Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

Visual Effects

“Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

Live at the Oscars Twitter update:

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Sandra Bullock is on stage to present the Best Actor award. And the winner is Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech” Go BRITS #oscar

9 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Jeff Bridges is on stage to present the Best Actress Award. And the winner is Natalie Portman. Great performance. #oscar

9 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

9 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Brits do it again!! Best Director Tom Hooper for “The Kings Speech”#oscar

9 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Cool! Katherin Bigelow presents Achievement in Directing to Tom Hooper for “The Kings Speech” #oscars

9 hours ago

Live at the Oscars – Twitter updates:

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Phew. Almost over. Best Picture goes to “The King’s Speech” RULE BRITANNIA! #oscar

9 hours ago Favorite Reply Delete

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Sandra Bullock is on stage to present the Best Actor award. And the winner is Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech” Go BRITS #oscar

9 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Jeff Bridges is on stage to present the Best Actress Award. And the winner is Natalie Portman. Great performance. #oscar

9 hours agogingerliu Ginger Liu

9 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Brits do it again!! Best Director Tom Hooper for “The Kings Speech”#oscar

9 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Cool! Katherin Bigelow presents Achievement in Directing to Tom Hooper for “The Kings Speech” #oscars

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Homestretch please #oscar

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Wasn’t it enough for “Titanic?” We need more Dion?

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

And the surprise winners tonight just prove that you shouldn’t believe what you read in the papers. #oscars

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Original Song award goes to Randy Newman for ‘We Belong Together’ from ‘Toy Story 3’ #oscar

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Visual Effects Goes to “Inception #oscar

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

I still think “Social Network” will get Best Picture. Not because it’s the best but because of its subject matter. #oscar

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Film Editing goes to “The Social Network” #oscar

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Well, hate to say I told you so. zzzzzzz #oscars. Please leave it to a seasoned comedian…

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Anne Hathaway could have done this on her own #oscar

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Oprah Winfrey is on stage to present Best Documentary Feature. The award goes to “Inside Job” #oscar

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Live Action Short goes to “God Of Love” #Oscar

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Documentary Short goes to “Strangers No More” #oscars

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

I need food.

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Kevin Spacey is on stage to present nominations for Best Original Song. #oscar

10 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

#Oscars…wish it was really funny…

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Costume Design goes to Colleen Atwood for “Alice in Wonderland” #oscar

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Cate Blanchet presents Best Makeup to Rick Baker & Dave Elsey for The Wolfman #oscar

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

I love Marisa Tomei. #oscars Sci-Tech Winners

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Sound Editing goes to Richard King for “Inception” #oscar

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Sound goes to “Inception” I like it

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

I loved the original score for “Inception.” ahh well. #Oscar

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Hugh Jackman & Nicole Kidman are on stage to give us a history lesson in film sound and music. Belting out some tunes #oscar

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Original Score goes to Trent Reznor for “The Social Network”#Oscars

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Supporting Actor award goes to Christian Bale – go Brits!#Oscar

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Foreign Language Film goes to “In A Better World” directed by Susanne Bier #Oscar

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Original Screenplay goes to “The King’s Speech” Go Brits!#Oscar

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Aaron Sorkin wins Best Adapted Screenplay for ‘The Social Network’ #Oscar

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Animated Feature goes to “Toy Story 3” #oscar

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Best Animated Short goes to “The Lost Thing” #oscar

11 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas is funny man on stage. He presents the next award. Best Actress in Supporting Role goes to Melissa Leo.

12 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Award for Best Cinematography goes to Wally Pfister for Inception#Oscar

12 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

Tom Hanks is first on to present an award. The award for best Art Direction goes to Alice in Wonderland

12 hours ago

gingerliu Ginger Liu

And so it begins. The 83rd Academy Awards presented by James Franco & Anne Hathaway. But first, the funnies. #Oscars

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