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94-year-old Kirk Douglas on stage as a presenter

 

 

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12 nominations and 4 wins, The King’s Speech walked away with the Best Picture Oscar tonight.

 

 

 

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Gown designed by Zac Posen.

Oprah was in the house to present….

 

 

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Designer Versace

 

Jennifer Hudson presented….this young lady should have received an reward for being dedicated to growth, professionalism and her amazing grace.

 

 

 

The fashion was fierce, the jewels sparkling, the pupil were white and no one was drunk…however there is a problem with award shows.

 

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Camille Grammer? That had to an awkward moment discussing why her husband, Kelsey Grammer of 13 years left her? Reality television..uh huh!

 

 

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Designer Marchesa

 

Not sure what the slight is towards no representation nor any nomination of African American and any non white ethnic group in  pictures mean? Is the Oscar awards a white boys club that is all exclusive? Everyone that received an award belong in the club according to the Academy. Who are the folks that determine who wins the medal man? Awards shows do not represent our global society and they appear to be quite racist…including “BET”! The shows are entertaining but after the show ends I ponder about the decisions and recipients of the awards?

 

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I am happy that Lena Horne was paid tribute….by Halle Berry. But she is dead and was not alive to witness the tribute…YUP! I said it. I am sure Ms. Horne would have loved the tribute if she was alive, a movie star or was this the Oscar’s black history moment?

President Obama showed up on my television screen to give his few second script. I was happy to see “Oprah” in the Academy house. However, the camera focus on some dude looking down as if he was not receptive to Ms. O speech…uh huh?

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A lot of the artist that won are well deserved. I appreciate all the efforts of all the actors and actresses that took home the gold metal man and providing the masses with entertainment. When the Academy reflected back on the good old days my thoughts return to the good old days when life was filled with racial discourse. The only African American present are the folks who fit into the boys club because of their net worth this year.

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Not one African-American was nominated? I can’t honestly think of any African-American movies or roles that came out this season worthy of having a nomination…except “For Colored Girls”.

Hattie McDaniel became the first black American to win an Oscar for her role as Mammy in “Gone With the Wind. The whiteness of the 2011 Academy Awards was obvious this year. There have been a total of thirteen awards for black performances in Oscar’s 83-year history. And it counts Denzel Washington twice.

I do believe Lawrence Fishborne, Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman, Ruby Dee, Angela Bassett, Denzel Washington, Sidney Pointier, Maya Angelou and other notable African Americans could be honor on the silver screen. Why are blacks folks excluded from the Oscars and Grammy’s baffles me. Why aren’t other non white groups invited to these shows? I am confused. I personally find it distasteful to expect folks to support and watch the award shows if the lack of diversity continues to be practice and continued to alienate other racial groups from the award show.

Where the hell is the diversity and equal opportunity representation in the award shows? After the Oscar ceremony ended last night, many of our African American celebs attended the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter.

The Oscars award show are getting outdated because the show does NOT represent a global society and neither does any other award show for that matter. The racial disparity is very obvious and at the end of the day…that equals bullshit in my book and a boring television show. The folks that are putting on these shows are tooting their own horns…YUP!

 

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“The King’s Speech” won four Oscars: Picture, Director, Actor and Original Screenplay. Inception also won four Oscars: Best Cinematography, both sound categories, and Visual Effects. And “The Social Network” was close behind with three Oscars: Achievement in Film Editing, Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, and Adapted Screenplay.

The full list of winners and nominees is below.

BEST PICTURE

  • “127 Hours”
  • “Black Swan”
  • “The Fighter”
  • “Inception”
  • “The Kids Are All Right”
  • WINNER: “The King’s Speech”
  • “The Social Network”
  • “Toy Story 3″
  • “True Grit”
  • “Winter’s Bone”

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
  • Joel & Ethan Coen, “True Grit”
  • David Fincher, “The Social Network”
  • WINNER: Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
  • David O. Russell, “The Fighter”

BEST ACTRESS

  • Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
  • Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
  • WINNER: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
  • Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

BEST ACTOR

  • Javier Bardem, “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
  • WINNER: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
  • James Franco, “127 Hours”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”
  • WINNER: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • WINNER: Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner, “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo, “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech”

BEST EDITING

  • “127 Hours,” Jon Harris
  • “Black Swan,”Andrew Weisblum
  • “The Fighter,” Pamela Martin
  • “The King’s Speech,” Tariq Anwar
  • WINNER: “The Social Network,” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

BEST 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
  • WINNER: “The King’s Speech,” Screenplay by David Seidler

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • “127 Hours,” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • WINNER: “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

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
  • “Gasland,” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
  • WINNER: “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • “Restrepo,” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
  • “Waste Land,” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynley

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT

  • “The Confession,” Tanel Toom
  • “The Crush,” Michael Creagh
  • WINNER: “God of Love,” Luke Matheny
  • “Na Wewe,” Ivan Goldschmidt
  • “Wish 143,” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

  • “Killing in the Name”
  • “Poster Girl”
  • WINNER: “Strangers No More”
  • “Sun Come Up”
  • “The Warriors”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • “Hors la Loi (Outside the Law)” (Algeria)
  • “Incendies” (Canada)
  • WINNER: “In a Better World” (Denmark)
  • “Dogtooth” (Greece)
  • “Biutiful” (Mexico)

BEST ANIMATED FILM

  • “How to Train Your Dragon”
  • “The Illusionist”
  • WINNER: “Toy Story 3″

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

  • “Day & Night,” Teddy Newton
  • “The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
  • “Let’s Pollute,” Geefwee Boedoe
  • WINNER: “The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
  • “Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary),” Bastien Dubois

BEST SONG

  • “Coming Home,” Country Strong, Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
  • “I See the Light,” Tangled, Alan Menken, Glenn Slater
  • “If I Rise,” 127 Hours, A.R. Rahman, Dido, Rollo Armstrong
  • WINNER: “We Belong Together,” Toy Story 3, Randy Newman

BEST SOUND EDITING

  • WINNER: “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

BEST SOUND MIXING

  • WINNER: “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

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • “127 Hours,” A.R. Rahman
  • “How to Train Your Dragon,” John Powell
  • “Inception,” Hans Zimmer
  • “The King’s Speech,” Alexandre Desplat
  • WINNER: “The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • “Black Swan,” Matthew Libatique
  • WINNER: “Inception,” Wally Pfister
  • “The King’s Speech,” Danny Cohen
  • “The Social Network,” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “True Grit,” Roger Deakins

BEST 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
  • WINNER: “Inception,” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
  • “Iron Man 2,” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

BEST ART DIRECTION

  • WINNER: “Alice in Wonderland,” Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
  • “Happy Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1,” Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
  • “Inception,” Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
  • “The King’s Speech,” Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
  • “True Grit,” Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • WINNER: “Alice in Wonderland,” Colleen Atwood
  • “I Am Love,” Antonella Cannarozzi
  • “The King’s Speech,” Jenny Beaven
  • “The Tempest,” Sandy Powell
  • “True Grit,” Mary Zophres

BEST MAKEUP

  • “Barney’s Version,” Adrien Morot
  • “The Way Back,” Eduoard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk, Yolanda Toussieng
  • WINNER: “The Wolfman,” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

 

 

 

 

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