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Live at Oscars: The Social Network Wins Adapted Script and Score, King's Speech Original Screenplay

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 28, 2011 at 2:14AM

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."
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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."

David Seidler, 73, admitted that he's a "late bloomer. I believe I am the oldest person to win this award." He thanks her Majesty the Queen for not putting him in the tower of London for using the "Melissa Leo F word. For all the stutters in the world, we have a voice, we have been heard."

Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross won best original score for The Social Network, in the night's biggest upset. Says Reznor: "Is this really happening?"

Inception wins both the sound editing and mixing awards, as expected.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.