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Live at the Oscars: Hooper Talks Best Director Win for The King's Speech, Thanks Mum UPDATED

Best Director Tom Hooper thanks his mother. "My mom in 2007 was invited by some Australian friends to a play reading of The King's Speech. She almost didn't go, came home, rang me up, 'I think I've found your next film.' The moral of the story is, listen to your mother." Here's more from his acceptance speech and backstage interview.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 4:01 AM
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Live at the Oscars: Randy Newman Wins His Second Oscar for Best Song, Toy Story 3

Nominated 20 times, Randy Newman celebrates his second win, for best song "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3. His last win was best song for Monsters, Inc., another Pixar film, where he has done six pictures. "I want to be good television so badly," he says. "I've slowed the show down almost every time." Newman challenges the Academy's timer. "To hell with it!" he says.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 3:46 AM
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Live at the Oscars: Visual Effects Goes to Inception

As expected, Chris Nolan's Inception wins best visual effects. It had to be. And Inception now leads with four awards for the night. "It feels like that top is still spinning," says Paul Franklin. Here's more from the acceptance speech and backstage interview.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 3:33 AM
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Live at Oscars: Strangers No More Wins Doc Short, God of Love Wins Live Short, Inside Job Wins

"Three years after a horrific financial crisis, not a single financial executive has gone to jail and that is wrong," says Charles Ferguson as he accepts the Oscar for Inside Job. The front-runner won over upstart Exit Through the Gift Shop, depriving Oscar watchers of seeing who would accept the award for Banksy. This is a case of gravitas winning out over a more whimsical film about art. Gift Shop likely benefited from the Brit street artist's graffiti postings in the weeks before the Oscars, which were well-covered by the media, but probably was hurt by Banksy's interview proxy, the wacky subject of his movie, Mr. Brainwash. If anything the movie that was moving up on the outside was Lucy Walker's Waste Land, another movie about art.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 3:14 AM
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Live at Oscars: Makeup Goes to The Wolfman, Costumes to Alice in Wonderland

Best makeup, not surprisingly, goes to The Wolfman's Rick Baker--it's his seventh Oscar--and costume designer goes to Colleen Atwood for Alice in Wonderland, her second after Room with a View. It's a good night for Tim Burton, who has not done well at the Oscars in the past. The movie also won best art direction. Atwood thanks Burton's "imagination."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 2:55 AM
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Oscars 2011: Winners Talk: Portman & Firth, Bale & Leo, Sorkin & Seidler, Inception, TSN (UPDATED)

Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
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  • February 28, 2011 2:35 AM
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Live at the Oscars: Supporting Actor Goes to Bale for The Fighter, In a Better World Wins Foreign

"You're the best," Christian Bale says to the man he played in The Fighter, Dicky Eklund, as he accepts the best supporting actor Oscar, and pitches his website (UPDATE: which promptly crashed). Bale was considered the front runner and didn't have to campaign for the prize, as he was shooting a film in China, he said. Backstage when someone asked him what he thought of Charlie Sheen's escapades, he said, "I was in China. No internet." Winning an Oscar does not mean that he doesn't have to shoot the next Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Here's more from Bale's acceptance speech and backstage interview.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 2:28 AM
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Live at Oscars: The Social Network Wins Adapted Script and Score, King's Speech Original Screenplay

Aaron Sorkin cites Network scribe Paddy Chayefsky as he accepts his Oscar for best adapted screenplay for The Social Network. David Fincher "made the movie of any screenwriter's dreams," he says, reprising the acceptance speeches he has been making all season. "I grew up worshiping the movie The Graduate," says Sorkin backstage. "These were the youngest characters I have ever written, so we were going to have to find the best young actors...I think Mark Zuckerberg has been an awful good sport about this."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 2:14 AM
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Live at the Oscars: Leo Wins Supporting Actress, Pixar Wins Toy Story 3, Loses Day & Night

Supporting actress is announced by Kirk Douglas, who milks the moment for all it's worth, the ornery old coot. He flirts with Anne Hathaway. "You're gorgeous, where were you when I was making pictures?" Douglas reminds he lost three times. The Oscar for supporting actress goes to Melissa Leo. The front runner wins after all-- and her glam Oscar ads meant nothing. "Can you pinch me?" Now Douglas flirts with Leo. She gets bleeped. "It's about selling motion pictures and respecting he work," she says.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 1:55 AM
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Live at the Oscars: Art Direction Goes to Alice in Wonderland, Cinematography for Inception UPDATED

Backstage at the Oscars, I'm wearing a headset (piping in the show) and sitting near Variety and the NYTimes. Indiewire has shelled out for a DSL line. After a frenetic chilly red carpet, and a funny video opener from James Franco, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin and Morgan Freeman, the first awards were both in highly contested categories: Art Direction and Cinematography. Robert Stromberg thanked "the wacky wonderful world of Tim Burton," as he accepted for Alice in Wonderland. He also won for Avatar, so this is his second Oscar in a row. Inception was also in the running.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 1:43 AM
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