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Oscars: Winners, Red Carpet, Commentary

WIth the 83rd annual Academy Awards, the yearly presentation of Oscars to Hollywood's elite is almost upon us, and despite not receiving an invitation, I'll be updating this article with related information throughout the day.  To help lighten things up, guest commentary will be provided by my lovely wife, Lisa.  We'll start with the red carpet later tonight, and continue straight through to the final Oscar presentation.

First things first, let's run down where the coverage is: Get your daily dose of Seacrest on E! starting at 6PM EST, or wait until 7PM EST when ABC will begin their coverage, and the actual show kicks off at 8:30PM EST, again on ABC.  You can find the Oscar presentation order, nomination list, and winners (once announced) below.


Nominations and Winners (winners in red):

Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone”
Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film
“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction
“Alice in Wonderland” 
Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” 
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
“The King's Speech” 
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
“True Grit” 
Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

“Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
“Inception” Wally Pfister
“The King's Speech” Danny Cohen
“The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
“True Grit” Roger Deakins

Costume Design
“Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood
“I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi
“The King's Speech” Jenny Beavan
“The Tempest” Sandy Powell
“True Grit” Mary Zophres

“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter” David O. Russell
“The King's Speech” Tom Hooper
“The Social Network” David Fincher
“True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Documentary (Feature)
“Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz
“Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
“Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
“Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)
“Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined
“Poster Girl” Nominees to be determined
“Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
“Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
“The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Film Editing
“Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
“The Fighter” Pamela Martin
“The King's Speech” Tariq Anwar
“127 Hours” Jon Harris
“The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Foreign Language Film
“Biutiful” Mexico
“Dogtooth” Greece
“In a Better World” Denmark
“Incendies” Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

“Barney's Version” Adrien Morot
“The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
“The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)
“How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
“Inception” Hans Zimmer
“The King's Speech” Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best Picture
“Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
“The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
“Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
“The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
“The King's Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
“127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
“The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
“Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer
“True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
“Winter's Bone" Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Short Film (Animated)
“Day & Night” Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let's Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
“The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)
“The Confession” Tanel Toom
“The Crush” Michael Creagh
“God of Love” Luke Matheny
“Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
“Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Sound Editing
“Inception” Richard King
“Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
“Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
“True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
“Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing
“Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
“The King's Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
“Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
“The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
“True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Visual Effects
“Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
“Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
“Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
“Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter's Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; 
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
“The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler


The Show!

8:30PM - Let's get this party started!  I'm not so sure about the hosts ... Franco may be great to have a beer with, but he's a bit spacy and random to host the Oscars.  Anne is gorgeous, but a boring kind of gorgeous, not a witty inspire you for 4 hours and I can't wait till you come back on screen gorgeous.  We'll see.

8:30PM - Couldn't even get a minute in before our first montage.  Favorites heavily featured. 

8:37PM - Opening clip was funny.  Off to a good start!  Now it goes live, let's get awkward.

8:39PM - "Do I get money with it?"  Awesome.  What are the odds he's high? 4/1?

8:48PM - I love watching winners get played off the stage when they talk too long, we're two awards in, and so far we're 0/2.  Though one winnder did yell at the crowd for clapping because they were taking up his time, so I won't complain.

8:54PM - WOW.  Old man was epicly awkward and terrific!!!  He won't even let the winner talk!!!  He won't leave!!  That'll be the last time the Academy goes over 90 for a presenter, haha.

9:04PM - Lisa thinks JT and Mila make a cute imaginary couple ...

9:07PM - YES!!  Someone got played off!!  (And Pixar keeps dominating the Animated category)

9:17PM - Through the first 45 minutes, Anne is undeniably adorable (dancing randomly to music), Franco is terrible (painfully boring).  Overally, they're not great hosts, but the epic old man will go down in Oscar history.  And YES, playoff #2!!!  

9:20PM - They wouldn't play off the original screenplay winner just because his accent was all kinds of awesome.  Wish Inception had won.

9:27PM - Anne did a great job singing, very impressive.  Franco in drag ... I laughed.  Russell Brand, somehow manages to be funny despite being excruciatingly annoying.

9:38PM - Christian Bale ... happy he won, pissed they made him trim his beard before winning, best speech so far of the night.   Just to recap ... Bale walked the carpet with an epic beard, frizzed out for miles, goes inside, dissapears, and ends up with a trimmed beard when he accepts his Oscar.  What gives?!

9:49PM - Third playoff of the night!

9:58PM - So ... Wolfman and Alice in Wonderland are now an Oscar winning films ... fourth playoff and worst speech go to Colleen Atwood!

10:11PM - When was Adrien Brody relegated to doing beer commercials?  They should have gone with Ricky Gervis, this show is horribly boring so far.

10:16PM - People have started running to the podium, it may have cost me my 5th playoff.  Sad.

10:22PM - Wish they had played off Oprah (long winded Documentary presenter).  After she finally got through her diatribe and announced the winner, we got our first political pronouncement of the night and more importantly, our 5th playoff!!!

10:34PM - I nominate Robert Downey Jr to host next year.

10:41PM - So ... film editing gave us our last chance at a playoff.  I was on the edge of my seat, and it was quickly apparent that the winners were boring (a good start).  There were two of them, both talked quickly and it seemed they were done ... music starts ... one of them dives back to the microphone for one last word.  I'm not sure if that counts as our sixth playoff or not, and consider how boring this show's been, I think I'll rewind for a closer look.

10:43PM - After rewatching, Lisa says no.  They just thought they were done.  Damn, looks like 5 is all we get.

10:50PM - Only the big 4 left!

11:04PM - It took until now to finally get to Director ... the show gets more boring every minute.  Wait, did Hooper just win Best Director??  

11:16PM - It's best actress time, Portman a huge favorite.  Here we go, the award goes to ... Portman!!  Waddle your way up there and pick up your statue.  Glad she won.  Hope the curse doesn't get her!

11:19PM - Good speech, snubbed Lucas (rightfully so), but it got boring and wasn't memorable.  I think I expect too much.  I expect an old man epic moment for every big winner.

11:23PM - Best Actor time, we all know who's gonna win.

11:30PM - Commercials, best picture, then bed.  Fingers crossed, would like to see The Social Network take home the Oscar.  The dream's not over, the tops still spinning, though I think I just saw it falter a bit ...

11:35PM - And the winner is ... The King's Speech ... blah.  Shouldn't be surprising, the Academy traditionally has terrible taste.

11:39PM - HAHA.  They just mistakenly played off the Best Picture winners!!  6 playoffs!

11:40PM - Well, that's it.  Many of us say it each year: it was a horribly boring show.  I typically enjoy the show, and I did this year as well, but significantly less than is my norm.  I place blame on the hosts.  Maybe I was pre-disposed to dis-like them, maybe they just sucked.  Either way, I'm going to bed (unbelievably before midnight).


Red Carpet:

6:02PM - Ahh, the night begins!  I'm on the couch, Lisa's in the kitchen, all the important people are on the carpet.  It's been two minutes, and the word "newbie" has been said twice ... it's gonna be a good night.

6:06PM - How can Kelly Osborne be qualified to judge 'fashion' when she looks like a train wreck.  The other girl, Kelly Ransack (or whatever her name is), is annoying ... E! sucks, why am I watching ... oh yeah, writing about it.  Gotta go, Ryan's interviewing someone shorter than he is.

6:17PM - Mila Kunis looks smoking hot.  Picture forthcoming as soon as I find one!



6:32PM - Mandy Moore doesn't look good.  Michelle Williams has no hair, but Lisa seems to like it.  Anne Hathaway is currently strolling down the carpet, she looks gorgeous as always.  Time to eat dinner, then a big decision: continue on E or go to ABC.

7:15PM - Flipping back and forth between ABC and E, getting annoyed at still seeing Russell Brand, who while funny, is terribly annoying.  ABC must be further down the carpet, they're getting everyone E had 45 minutes ago. 

7:21PM - Colin Firth has arrived, he's asking someone where to pick up his Oscar.  Spielberg with Seacrest, and Ryan decides to interview his daughter, which ends in a wonderfully awkward non-answer.

7:27PM - Christian Bale is rocking one hell of a beard! 

7:34PM - Lisa says Javier Bardem is hot, and it's throwing me for a loop ... not at all a guy I would imagine women find attractive.   A quick glance on Google Instant turns up this tweet: "Javier Bardem makes me feel like a natural woman.That man would throw you over his shoulder, throw you on the bed, and show you who is boss."  Guess I'm outnumbered.

7:43PM - "Ahh, there's my boy" - Lisa talking about Robert Downey Jr as he gets out of the car.  "Yea he's hot."

7:54PM - Watching E full time, I can't stand Kelly and Kelly, they make my ears bleed.  Never thought I'd pine for more Seacrest.

8:05PM - Natalie Portman looks like someone just kicked her dog ... maybe she just remembered about the Best Actress Oscar curse.  James Franco on the other hand sounds like he toked up before the interview.

8:15PM - Poor Keith Urban, playing second fiddle walking down the carpet can't be easy, he looks miserable.  Guy needs a drink ... oh wait, can't do that.

8:26PM - Last update before the Oscars start!!  Love Tom Hanks ... Berry looks amazing. 


Award Presentation Order:

Art Direction – Presented by Tom Hanks
Cinematography – Presented by Tom Hanks
Supporting Actress – Presented by Kirk Douglas
Animated Feature Film – Presented by Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis
Animated Short Subject – Presented by Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis
Adapted Screenplay – Presented by Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin
Original Screenplay – Presented by Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin
Foreign Language Film – Presented by Helen Mirren and Russell Brand
Supporting Actor – Presented by Reese Witherspoon
Original Score – Presented by Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman
Sound Mixing – Presented by Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson
Sound Editing – Presented by Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson
Make-Up – Presented by Cate Blanchett
Costume Design – Presented by Cate Blanchett
Documentary Short Subject – Presented by Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams
Live Action Short Film – Presented by Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams
Documentary Feature – Presented by Oprah Winfrey
Visual Effects – Presented by Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr.
Film Editing – Presented by Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr.
Original Song – Presented by Jennifer Hudson
Director – Presented by Kathryn Bigelow and Hilary Swank
Actress – Presented by Jeff Bridges
Actor – Presented by Sandra Bullock
Motion Picture – Presented by Steven Spielberg 


That's it.  I hope you enjoyed the coverage.


Other Oscar Content:

Best Actor Breakdown by David

WoKJ Awards Forum


Special Thanks:

Xiayun for compiling the Presentation order

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Total Comments: 4
Crux    Feb 28 2011 3:11am
I really wanted Franco and Hathaway to roll up in the Delorian.
Patrick Ferrara
Patrick Ferrara    Feb 28 2011 8:42pm
So I'm getting the impression you didn't enjoy Franco as host...

And yeah i know what you mean, a very uneventful Oscars in terms of statue winners, i would have liked some upsets as well. In fact i would have preferred ANY other nom to win where King's Speech was in the running.
Karl Schneider
Karl Schneider    Feb 28 2011 11:54pm
Franco was awful.
Crux    Mar 1 2011 9:08pm
I heard Franco ditched his own after party.