83rd Academy Awards: Winners

Best Picture

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

Best Director

  • Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
  • Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) – WINNER
  • David Fincher (The Social Network)
  • Joel & Ethan Coen (True Grit)
  • David O. Russell (The Fighter)

Best Actor

  • James Franco (127 Hours)
  • Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) – WINNER
  • Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
  • Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
  • Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

Best Actress

  • Natalie Portman (Black Swan) – WINNER
  • Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)
  • Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)
  • Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)

Best Supporting Actor

  • John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)
  • Christian Bale (The Fighter) – WINNER
  • Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right)
  • Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)
  • Jeremy Renner (The Town)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
  • Melissa Leo (The Fighter) – WINNER
  • Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)
  • Amy Adams (The Fighter)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)

Best Original Screenplay

  • Mike Leigh (Another Year)
  • Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right)
  • David Seidler (The King’s Speech) – WINNER
  • Christopher Nolan (Inception)
  • Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson & Keith Dorrington (The Fighter)

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) – WINNER
  • Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours)
  • Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3)
  • Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (True Grit)
  • Debra Granik & Anne Rosellin (Winter’s Bone)

Best Animated Film

  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3 – WINNER
  • How To Train Your Dragon

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Dogtooth
  • In A Better World – WINNER
  • Biutiful
  • Incendies
  • Outside The Law

Best Documentary

  • Inside Job – WINNER
  • Exit Through The Gift Shop
  • GasLand
  • Restrepo
  • Waste Land

Best Art Direction

  • Inception
  • Alice In Wonderland – WINNER
  • The King’s Speech
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • True Grit

Best Cinematography

  • Black Swan
  • The Social Network
  • Inception – WINNER
  • True Grit
  • The King’s Speech

Best Visual Effects

  • Hereafter
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • Iron Man 2
  • Inception – WINNER
  • Alice In Wonderland

Best Costume Design

  • I Am Love
  • Alice In Wonderland – WINNER
  • The King’s Speech
  • True Grit
  • The Tempest

Best Editing

  • The Fighter
  • Black Swan
  • The Social Network – WINNER
  • 127 Hours
  • The King’s Speech

Best Makeup

  • The Wolfman – WINNER
  • Barney’s Version
  • The Way Back

Best Short Film (Live Action)

  • Na Wewe
  • The Confession
  • Wish 143
  • The Crush
  • God Of Love – WINNER

Best Short Film (Animated)

  • Let’s Pollute
  • The Gruffalo
  • Day & Night
  • The Lost Thing – WINNER
  • Madagascar, A Journey Diary

Best Short Film (Documentary)

  • Killing In The Name
  • Poster Girl
  • Strangers No More – WINNER
  • Sun Come Up
  • The Warriors Of Quigang

Best 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 & Atticus Ross) – WINNER

Best Original Song

  • Coming Home (Country Strong)
  • I See The Light (Tangled)
  • If I Rise (127 Hours)
  • We Belong Together (Toy Story 3) – WINNER

Best Sound Mixing

  • Inception – WINNER
  • Salt
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
  • The King’s Speech

Best Sound Editing

  • Toy Story 3
  • Inception – WINNER
  • True Grit
  • Unstoppable
  • Tron: Legacy
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Review: Salt (2010)

With the end of Bourne, and the Bond series on hold due to MGM’s financial difficulties, cinema-goers and studios are looking desperately for the next big spy franchise. It’s of no surprise, then, that Sony have been plugging the release of Salt for a good few months now, stirring up mystery with the ‘Who Is Salt?’ banners that have been circling the internet and plastered over the walls of your local multiplex.

Directed by Phillip Noyce, Salt centres on Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie), a seemingly normal undercover C.I.A agent – one that managed to keep her identity secret even when being tortured by North Koreans – married to a German, who doesn’t know her true occupation. Evelyn, when interrogated a Russian named Orlav (Daniel Olbrychski), is labelled as a secret double agent, much to her, and her colleagues’, surprise. Salt then spends the remainder of the film on the run from her boss (Liev Schreiber) and almost every cop in the United States of America, including ONCIX agent Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who seems determined to finish her.

Despite mirroring the premise of Bourne, or certain Bond films, Salt avoids overstuffing the film with dialogue, instead opting to notch the action up another level, ensuring audiences remain engaged throughout the films running time. Noyce, a relative newbie to the genre, crafts an intriguing, suspenseful and fast-paced spy-thriller, never lingering too long on sub-plots or secondary characters.

Kurt Wimmer’s screenplay is relatively flawless. It’s nimbleness keeps the audience guessing as to who’s the good guy, who’s the bad guy, who works for who, who knows what and, overall, how the film will conclude. The only weakness would be the rather pointless opening and closing sequences, both hindering the enjoyment of the film as a whole. The script keeps the action tight, never lingering too long on sub-plots or secondary characters.

Casting Jolie as Evelyn really was a triumph. Having dabbled in action films before, Jolie uses what she learned on Wanted and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, while upping the testosterone gage and displaying a whole new level of versatility in terms of what she can do as an actress. Salt offers Jolie a new platform, the potential to kick-ass in a franchise of her own. The supporting cast, most notably Schreiber, Ejiofor and Olbrychski, do their best with their limited screen time, but never really breaking out of their comfort zones.

Nevertheless, Salt is solid, fast-paced action-thriller, showcasing Jolie’s raw versatility as an actress. Noyce has a talent for crafting tension, managing to avoid common cliches, whilst keeping audiences engaged. A sequel is inevitable, which is no bad thing in my eyes.