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The 83rd Academy Awards (2011)

Held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, February 27, 2011,
honoring movies released in 2010.

Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo ("The Fighter"), Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale ("The Fighter"), Best Actor Colin Firth ("The King's Speech") and Best Actress Natalie Portman ("Black Swan").

Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo ("The Fighter"), Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale ("The Fighter"), Best Actor Colin Firth ("The King's Speech") and Best Actress Natalie Portman ("Black Swan").

Best Picture

The King's Speech Full Image

"The King's Speech"

See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production; The Weinstein Company. [United Kingdom]

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay winner Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network"). Full Image

Aaron Sorkin

Best Adapted Screenplay winner Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network").

Best Original Score

Best Original Score winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross ("The Social Network"). Full Image

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Best Original Score winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross ("The Social Network").

The Year

  • Natalie Portman
  • Colin Firth
  • David Seidler
  • Tom Hooper
  • Best Picture: “The King’s Speech”
    • “The King’s Speech” also won Academy Awards for Directing (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth), and Writing – Original Screenplay (David Seidler). (View Image)
  • “Inception” tied with “The King’s Speech” with four Oscars.
  • “The Fighter” was the first film since “Hannah and Her Sisters” in 1986 to win both Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.
  • All four winners in the acting categories were first-time winners.
  • “Toy Story 3” won Best Animated Feature. “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” were released prior to the creation of the Animated Feature category.
  • “God of Love,” the winner of the Live Action Short Film category, had won the Gold Medal in the Narrative category at the 2010 Student Academy Awards.
  • Rick Baker, who won the first Academy Award for Makeup with 1981’s “An American Werewolf in London,” was the co-winner, with Dave Elsey, for Makeup for “The Wolfman.” (View Image)
  • Anne Hathaway and James Franco were the hosts, marking the first time a female-male duo had shared the same Oscar stage for hosting duties.
    (View Image)
  • James Franco was also nominated for his performance in “127 Hours.” It was the first time since 1973 that a host was also a nominee (Michael Caine for “Sleuth”). The last co-host to win an award at the ceremony he was co-hosting was David Niven (in 1959 for “Separate Tables”).
  • On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck southern Haiti. An estimated 220,000 people were killed and more than one million were displaced.
  • In April 2010, Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted, resulting in a cloud of ash so massive that air traffic in and out of Europe was completely halted for several days. The disruption continued throughout May, with numerous airports closing periodically.
  • On April 20, 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon mobile offshore drilling unit in the Gulf of Mexico exploded and sank two days later. Eleven workers died. The gushing well resulted in one of the largest oil spills in history, causing extensive ecological damage to the gulf coastline.
  • On April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a controversial immigration bill, SB 1070 (formally known as the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act), prompting nationwide protests and a last-minute ruling by a federal judge in July blocking much of the law the day before it went into effect.
  • In July 25, 2010, the website WikiLeaks published more than 91,000 pages of confidential reports about the U.S.-led involvement in the war in Afghanistan that had been leaked to it. More leaks about military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq continued through December as the site’s editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, became the subject of intense media scrutiny.
  • On August 5, 2010, the San Jose mine near Copiapo, Chile, collapsed, trapping 33 miners more than 2,300 feet underground. All 33 were successfully rescued 69 days later.
  • In September 2010, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (the subject of the film “The Social Network”) made headlines by donating $100 million of his personal Facebook stock to the Newark, New Jersey school system; he was subsequently named Time’s Person of the Year for 2010 in December.
  • In November 2010, the New Oxford American Dictionary named “refudiate” 2010’s Word of the Year. Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin had tweeted the word in July, arguing against the construction of an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero in New York.
  • On December 13, 2010, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre ended his streak of 297 consecutive regular season NFL starts, which began in 1992 when he was 23 years old.

Honorary Award

To Kevin Brownlow for the wise and devoted chronicling of the cinematic parade.

Honorary Award

To Jean-Luc Godard for passion. For confrontation. For a new kind of cinema.

Honorary Award

To Eli Wallach for a lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters.

Irving G. Thalberg Award

To Francis Ford Coppola for a consistently high quality of motion picture production.

See all Nominees and Winners