Oscars 2011: and the winners are

The king of all awards was this year presented by Steven Spielberg and went to The King’s Speech. After much hype and anticipation, The King’s Speech has been crowned the 2011’s Best Picture.

As expected, Natalie Portman bagged the Best Actress Oscar for her role as the ambitious and psychotic ballerina in Black Swan. She triumphed over Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right and Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole.

The Best Actress award was followed by Best Actor, presented by Sandra Bullock, who pulled Colin Firth’s name out of the envelope. The King’s Speech triumphs again.

The King’s Speech also picked up its second Oscar of the night earlier by winning in the category for Best Directing. The result has come as somewhat of a surprise. Director Tom Hooper picked up the Directors’ Guild Award last month but failed at his home awards, the Baftas. According to insiders, the award was expected to go to David Fincher of The Social Network.

Helena Bonham Carter missed out on a Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in the King’s Speech, as did 14-year-old True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld, instead giving way to Melissa Leo, who starred in the Fighter.

Christian Bale scooped his award as Supporting Actor for The Fighter –  a film which seems to be doing rather well tonight – ahead of Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech and Jeremy Renner in The Town.

Charles Ferguson’s film on the recent world financial crisis, Inside Job, rightly won the award for Best Documentary.

The much-hyped up Mexican feature “Biutiful” starring Javier Bardem gave way to Denmark’s “In a Better World” in the Best Foreign Film category.

Anne Hathaway and James Franco are receiving mixed reviews as presenters of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony. But generally the institution’s decision to go with bog-standard Hollywood eye-candy is proving pretty unpopular. The pair are playing it safe on stage and providing next to no actual entertainment or comic relief.

“Where’s Steve Martin? Jon Stewart? Ricky Gervais? Hathaway and Franco just seem a shade underpowered. They are idling at half-speed, scared of giving offence,” the writer of the Guardian live blog reckons.

Anne Hathaway’s “lampshade” dress has also been at the center of debate on Twitter and other social networking sites. Some viewers are impressed, others have branded it “hideous”. She is currently on her sixth outfit of the evening.

The full list of winners:

Best Actor in leading role
Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

Best Actress in leading role
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Best Directing
“The King’s Speech”

Best Film Editing
“The Social Network”

Best Picture
“The King’s Speech”

Best Original Song
Toy Story 3 – “We Belong Together”

Best Visual Effects

Best Documentary
“Inside Job”

Best Short Documentary
“Strangers No More”

Best Makeup
“The Wolfman”

Best Costume
“Alice in Wonderland”

Best Sound Editing

Best Sound Mixing

Best Soundtrack
“The Social Network”

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale -“The Fighter”

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo – “The Fighter”

Best Foreign Film
“In a Better World”

Best Original Screenplay
“The King’s Speech”

Best Foreign Language Screenplay
“In a Better World”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Social Network” – Aaron Sorkin

Best Animated Feature
“Toy Story 3”

Best Cinematography

Best Art Direction
“Alice in Wonderland”

Click here to read about Nathalie Portman’s Best Actress win for Black Swan and The King’s Speech’s Oscar triumph.