83rd Academy Awards

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83rd Academy Awards
83rd Academy Awards poster.jpg
Official poster
Date February 27, 2011
Site Kodak Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Host James Franco
Anne Hathaway[1]
Pre-show Tim Gunn
Maria Menounos
Robin Roberts
Krista Smith[2]
Producer Bruce Cohen
Don Mischer[3]
Director Don Mischer[3]
Best Picture The King's Speech
Most awards Inception and The King's Speech (4)
Most nominations The King's Speech (12)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 16 minutes[4]
Ratings 37.90 million
22.97% (Nielsen ratings)[5]
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The 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2010 in the United States and took place February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre in the Hollywood District of Los Angeles, California, beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) were awarded in 24 competitive categories. The ceremony, which was televised in the United States on ABC, was produced by Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer, with Mischer also serving as director. Actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the ceremony, marking the first time for each.[6]

In related events, the Academy held its second Annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on November 13, 2010.[7] On February 12, 2011, in a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Marisa Tomei.[8]

The King's Speech won four awards, all in major categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay. Inception also won four awards, all in the technical categories.[9] Other multiple winners included The Social Network with three awards and Alice in Wonderland, The Fighter, and Toy Story 3, with two awards each. In addition, Black Swan, In a Better World, Inside Job, and The Wolfman each received one award;[10] the non-feature films God of Love, The Lost Thing, and Strangers No More each won in their respective short-subject categories. The telecast garnered nearly 38 million viewers (in North America).

Winners and nominees[edit]

The nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced on January 25, 2011, at 5:30 am PST (13:30 UTC) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Tom Sherak, president of the Academy, and actress Mo'Nique.[11] The King's Speech led the nominations with twelve, followed by True Grit with ten.[12]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on February 27, 2011.[13][14][15] Toy Story 3 became the third animated film to be nominated for Best Picture.[16] True Grit was the second film after 2002's Gangs of New York to lose all ten of its nominations. 1977's The Turning Point and The Color Purple have the most unsuccessful nominations with eleven each.[17]


The photograph of a brunette man who is standing in the street. He wears a grey tux and a dark blue shirt.
Tom Hooper, Best Director winner
A brown-haired man is smiling. He wears a suit and a shirt, and he puts his right hand at chest height.
Colin Firth, Best Actor winner
Picture of a brunette smiling woman. Her hair is long, and she wears a blue dress.
Natalie Portman, Best Actress winner
Close-up image of a man. His brown hair is short and he has a beard and mustache. He wears a black tux and black tie.
Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor winner
Portrait of a Caucasian woman on her early fifties. She smiles while she looks at the camera. She wears a white blouse and earrings.
Melissa Leo, Best Supporting Actress winner
Aaron Sorkin, Best Adapted Screenplay winner
Lee Unkrich, Best Animated Feature winner
Charles H. Ferguson, Best Documentary Feature co-winner
Randy Newman, Best Original Song winner
Rick Baker, Best Makeup winner

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[18]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Writing – Original Screenplay Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Feature Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary – Feature Best Documentary – Short Subject
Best Live Action Short Film Best Animated Short Film
Best Original Score Best Original Song
Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Makeup Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Honorary Academy Awards[edit]

The Academy held its 2nd Annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 13, 2010, during which the following awards were presented.[19][20][21]

Academy Honorary Award[edit]

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[edit]

Films with multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Presenters and performers[edit]

The following individuals presented awards or performed musical numbers.[22]



In Memoriam[edit]

During the annual In Memoriam tribute, Celine Dion performed the Charlie Chaplin song "Smile".[25] At the end of the montage, Halle Berry paid special tribute to Lena Horne.[26] The montage included the following individuals:

Ceremony information[edit]

James Franco (left) and Anne Hathaway (right) co-hosted the 83rd Academy Awards.

Opting for younger faces for the ceremony, producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer chose James Franco and Anne Hathaway as co-hosts. Franco was nominated for this ceremony in the Best Actor category, marking this event as the first time since 1973 that an actor or actress hosted the award ceremony in the same year that he or she was nominated for an acting award. At that year ceremony, Michael Caine co-hosted the ceremony and was nominated for Best Actor in Sleuth. The last host to win an acting award was David Niven, who won the Oscar for Best Actor in Separate Tables at the 31st Academy Awards in 1959.[27] The 83rd ceremony marked the first time since 1957 that an Academy Awards ceremony was co-hosted by a male-female duo. It was also the first time in the history of the awards broadcasts that a male-female duo physically shared the same stage in their hosting duties.[24]

In an attempt to both attract a larger television audience and create a more interactive program for viewers, AMPAS announced that this year's ceremony was "the most interactive awards show in history".[28] The Academy revamped their official website oscar.com to include lists of all the nominees and winners, as well as film trailers and exclusive video content produced by both AMPAS and Oscar telecaster ABC. Chris Harrison hosted "Road to the Oscars", a weekly behind-the-scenes video blog also on the page.[29][30] Also, via the Academy's Twitter and Facebook pages, people could post questions for any actor or celebrity attending the festivities to answer. One of the four Oscar pre-show co-hosts would then pose selected questions to both nominees and attendees alike.[31] For a fee of US$4.99, users had online access to two dozen video streams that would take them from the red carpet, through the ceremony and on to the post-telecast Governors Ball. Several of the cameras utilized 360-degree views that viewers could direct.[32]

The Academy hired designer Marc Friedland to design a new envelope heralding the winner of each category. It was handmade from a high-gloss iridescent metallic gold paper stock, with red-lacquered lining that featured the Oscar statuette stamped in satin gold leaf.[33][34]

Box office performance of nominated films[edit]

For the second consecutive year, the field of major nominees included at least one blockbuster at the American and Canadian box offices. However, only three of the nominees had grossed over $100 million before the nominations were announced, compared with five from the previous year.[35] The combined gross of the ten Best Picture nominees when the Oscars were announced was $1.2 billion, the second-highest ever behind 2009. The average gross was $119.3 million.[35]

Two of the ten Best Picture nominees were among the top ten releases in box office during the nominations. At the time of the announcement of nominations on January 25, Toy Story 3 was the highest-grossing film among the Best Picture nominees with $414.9 million in domestic box office receipts.[36] The only other top ten box office hit to receive a nomination was Inception which earned $292.5 million. Among the remaining eight nominees, True Grit was the next-highest-grossing film with $137.9 million followed by The Social Network ($95.4  million), Black Swan $83.2 million, The Fighter ($72.6 million), The King's Speech ($57.3 million), The Kids Are All Right ($20.8 million), 127 Hours ($11.2 million), and finally Winter's Bone ($6.2 million).[36] In addition, Winter's Bone became the lowest grossing best picture nominated film since The Dresser in 1983.[37]

Of the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 55 nominations went to 15 films on the list. Only Toy Story 3 (1st), Inception (5th), How to Train Your Dragon (9th), True Grit (17th), The Social Network (29th), The Town (32nd), Black Swan (38th), and The Fighter (45th) were nominated for directing, acting, screenwriting, Best Picture or Animated Feature.[38] The other top-50 box office hits that earned nominations were Alice in Wonderland (2nd), Iron Man 2 (3rd), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (6th), Tangled (10th), Tron: Legacy (12th), Salt (21st), and Unstoppable (39th).[38]

Critical reviews[edit]

The show received negative reception from media publications.[39] Some media outlets were very critical of the show and most critics judged the hosting duties of Hathaway and Franco as a mismatched affair, with some praising Hathaway's hosting duties while criticizing Franco's unease and lack of energy on stage.[40] Film critic Roger Ebert criticized the telecasting, noting that it was "The worst Oscarcast I've seen, and I go back awhile." He went on to praise the winners of the night, but he ended his review with the words, "Dead. In. The. Water."[41] The Hollywood Reporter called the show "spectacularly bad" and stated that "This year, the Oscars hit a new low. Like it fell into a hole."[42] The similar conviction was also echoed by Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers, calling it the "worst Oscars ever".[43] A review from CNN graded the show a C and, commenting on the hosts said "The Oscars were trying to be like the Lady Ga Ga Grammys: Let's try to be young and hip. But with the combo of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as hosts, it fell flat. Anne did her best, but Franco seemed dazed and confused."[44] E! Online also questioned whether it was the worst Oscar show in history stating, "This was sizing up to be everything the Oscars are not supposed to be: clunky, amateurish, and pretty much lacking in actual entertainment value for those of us not picking up awards."[45]

Some media outlets received the broadcast more positively. Entertainment Weekly television critic Ken Tucker stated that the show was "Funny, poised, relaxed, and smart, Anne Hathaway and James Franco made for marvelous Oscar hosts. Their combination of respect and informality struck the right tone for the night, a happily surprising production that had its share of fine moments both planned and ad-libbed." On the overall aspect of the ceremony, they concluded "all in all, it was a fun, briskly paced night."[46] Mary McNamara from the Los Angeles Times gave a moderate review, commenting on Franco and Hathaway, "the two seemed to be following the directive to "first do no harm," as if they knew they couldn't score as big as Jimmy Fallon did with the Emmys but were determined to avoid becoming morning show fodder like Ricky Gervais was after this year's Golden Globes. The result was a show that moved along, with a few draggy bits and high notes, like precisely what it was: a very long and fancy awards show." Her review further said "Overall, the evening had an oddly business-like feel, a mind-numbing evenness that was exacerbated by the relentless predictability of the winners, and the fact that none of the acting winners were played off no matter how long their "thank-yous" went."[47] Entertainment columnist and blogger Paul Sheenan commended Franco and Hathaway’s performance overall remarking that they “may not have had the sexual chemistry that some reviewers lusted for, but their playful kidding put me in mind of siblings who actually get along.”[48]

Ratings and reception[edit]

A poll conducted by Fox News showed a majority of 57% of viewers ranking the show as the worst Academy Award ceremony ever.[49] The American telecast on ABC drew in an average of 37.90 million people over its length, which was a 10% decrease from the previous year's ceremony.[5][50] An estimated, 71.45 million total viewers watched all or part of the awards. In addition, the program scored an 11.78 rating over a 33.96 share among the 18–49 demographic, which was a 12 percent drop.[5] The show also drew lower Nielsen ratings compared to the two previous ceremonies, with 22.97% of households watching over a 31.63 share.[5]

Despite the negative reviews and lower ratings, the ceremony presentation received nine nominations at the 63rd Primetime Emmys in July 2011.[51]


Best Supporting Actress Speech[edit]

During Melissa Leo's acceptance speech upon winning Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Fighter, she said "When I watched Kate two years ago, it looked so fucking easy!"[52] Through a seven second tape delay, broadcaster ABC bleeped the expletive "fucking" from the live broadcast. Upon realizing her vulgar outburst, Leo immediately apologized backstage saying her statement was "a very inappropriate place to use (those words) … I apologize to anyone that they offend."[53][54]

Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin dance and kiss omission[edit]

LGBT-interest media outlets questioned ABC's decision to cut away from a shot of Screenplay Award presenters Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem dancing and exchanging a kiss to an extended shot of Penélope Cruz.[55][56] ABC declined to comment on the incident.[57] Bruce Cohen, co-producer of the telecast and himself openly gay, issued the following statement:

It [the dance and the kiss] was unscripted, and the plan in the truck was always to cut to Penélope in the audience applauding Josh's and Javier’s introduction, so that is what happened, just as they were starting to dance. Josh and Javier’s moment (I saw them start to dance, but, to be honest, I have no idea if they kissed – that’s the first I’ve heard of that) would have made a great TV moment, but since no one knew it was coming, we cut to the gorgeous Mz. [sic] Cruz as planned. By the time we cut back from her close-up, James and Javier were walking to the podium.[58]

In Memoriam exclusions[edit]

Though Corey Haim had been one of the world's most bankable actors before he turned 21, due to his roles in Lucas, The Lost Boys and License to Drive,[59] he was omitted from the In Memoriam tribute montage at both the 17th Screen Actors Guild Awards and the 83rd Academy Awards, in the year following his death.[60] Haim's omission from the Oscars was perceived in media coverage as a "snub".[61][62]

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