The 2011 Oscars attempted to differentiate itself from past telecasts by bringing in younger hosts (Anne Hathaway and James Franco) and keeping things fresh. The opening montage featuring the best films nominees was quite funny. Though Franco appeared to be a bit out of it *ahem*, Hathaway was engaging and adorable.
Hathaway was hilarious in a fake musical number. As for Franco, he randomly appeared in drag. He donned a hot pink satin gown and rocked it like Marilyn Monroe in Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend (or like Madonna in the Material Girl video if you are of the younger generation).
Hathaway and Franco were oddly absent for most of the show. They had nice chemistry, but most of the categories kind of took care of themselves.
Here is a list of the winners. These awards are in the order they were presented on the show. Analysis coming later today.
- Art Direction Alice in Wonderland
- Cinematography Inception
- Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo The Fighter
- Best Animated Short The Lost Thing
- Best Animated Feature Film Toy Story 3
- Best adapted screenplay Aaron Sorkin The Social Network
- Best Original Screenplay David Seidler The King’s Speech
- Best Foreign Film In a Better World
- Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale The Fighter
- Best Original Score Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross The Social Network
- Best Sound Mixing Inception
- Best Sound editing Inception
- Best Makeup The Wolfman
- Best Costume Alice in Wonderland
- Best Documentary Short Strangers No More
- Best Live Action Short Film God of Love
- Best Documentary Feature Inside Job
- Best Visual Effects Inception
- Best Film Editing The Social Network
- Best Original Song Randy Newman “We Belong Together” Toy Story 3
- Best Director Tom Hooper The King’s Speech
- Best Actress Natalie Portman Black Swan
- Best Actor Colin Firth The King’s Speech
- Best Picture The King’s Speech