The Oscars

Mon 28th Feb 2011 | News

The Academy Awards, the Oscars. They reward the previous year’s greatest cinema achievements as determined by some of the world’s most accomplished motion picture artists and professionals.

The Academy’s roughly 6,000 members vote for the Oscars using secret ballots. The auditors maintain absolute secrecy until the moment the show’s presenters open the envelopes and reveal the winners on live television.

People watch the Oscars the show annually for all kinds of reasons. Mine is for the nods for the crews. Being on the other side of the planet to the Theater isn't so much of a barrier these days, but if you have been hiding on the dark side of the Moon, here is a list gathered during the broadcast.

There were some statuettes passed thru to Robert Stromberg (Production Design) and Karen O'Hara (Set Decoration) for Art Direction for 'Alice in Wonderland'; The Best Animated Feature Film Oscar went to Pixar for 'Toy Story 3', 'Inception' was lauded for Sound Design.

In fact, 'Inception' also was the winner for the Cinematography Oscar. Good on you Wally Pfister.

The one we are waiting for, after a ripper intro by Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr, the Visual Effects Academy Award went to Inception. Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb.

Luke Matheny (who started up saying he should have had a haircut), took the short film Oscar for 'God of Love'.

Tom Hooper won Best Director for his work on 'The King's Speech'.

The Make up Academy Award went to Rick Baker and Dave Elsey for the 'Wolfman'.  Dave said, 'It was always my ambition to lose an Oscar to Rick Baker. This is better'.

Colleen Attwood won the Award for Best Wardrobe and Costume Design. 'Inside Job' won the Oscar for the Best Documentary.

Christian Bale won Best Supporting Actor for 'The Fighter'.

Melbourne's Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann have picked up the Oscar for the Best Animated Short film 'The Lost Thing'.

Colin Firth won Best Actor for 'The King's Speech', Natalie Portman wins Best Actress for 'Black Swan', and then Steven Spielberg came out to winner of the Best Picture of the Year. From a list of ten truly astounding productions, the winner is 'The Kings Speech', produced by Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin. With ten nominations, the big prize goes to director Tom Hooper and his crew.

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