As the 83rd Academy Awards come to a close, atweet from the official Oscar twitter page reads: "The show is over but the party is just getting going". The winners and select guests will head to the exclusive Governors Ball.
Meanwhile, thank you for joining us. Have a great Monday morning.
Sorry about that previous update. Crystal wasn't here to announce the award for Best Picture. He was there to introduce a tribute to Bob Hope, who hosted the Oscar show18 times. MeanwhileRobert Downey and Jude Law will announce the Oscar for the Best Visual Effects
With 12 Oscar nominations, it was thefront runnerfor the big award. The closest contender to The King's Speech was The Social Network. This is the second time in three years that a British film won an Academy award. The last time it was Slumdog Millionaire -- much as we'd like to celebrate it as 'our movie' it was in fact a British movie :-)
In an elegant and wonderful speech, Colin Firth said that it seemed like his career had reached the peak (with this award) and that he experienced 'stirrings that are threatening to form into dance moves'. Among the people he thanks include his friend and director of A Single ManTom Ford and his wife Livia Giuggioli who put up 'with my fleeting delusions of royalty'.
Francis Ford Coppola, Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach and Kevin Brownlow are recipients of the 2010 Governors Awards by the Board of Governors of the Academy. Watching Eli Wallach walking up on stage reminds one of the scene from The Holiday
Tom Hooper winner of the Academy Awards for Best Director for The Kings Speech thanks Colin Firth andGeoffreyRush in his acceptance speech. He adds. "I hope that doesn't make you feel jealous, Helena."
The film that had won four Golden Globes is on the roll right now at the 83rd Academy Awards. It has already won THREE so far. But the big categories are yet to be announced. I am hoping and praying and keeping my fingers crossed for Colin Firth and company. It'd be a pity if Firth doesn't win. A bigger pity of The King's Speech is ignored.
Billy Crystal remembers the legendary actor and Academy Awards host Bob Hope who was once sitting in the audience as Crystal was hosting the show. On camera, he smiled and waved to Crystal. But the moment the cameras turned away, he just flicked his hand. Billy Crystal says he it is true.
I would've been surprised if the award DID go to Banksy.
The Academy said it wouldn't permit Banksy if he would show up to accept the award in a mask if he won it for his documentaryExit Through The Gift Shop.
In fact the Academy's executive director, Bruce Davis was quoted as saying, "The fun but disquieting scenario is that if the film wins and five guys in monkey masks come to the stage all saying, 'I'm Banksy,' who the hell do we give it to?"
Well, you could've given it to Justin Timberlake you know!
The mind-boggling Inception wins for Sound Mixing. This is the third Oscar for Inception this evening. Inception has so far won the maximum number of awards. This is followed by Social Network (2) and The Fighter (2).
Reese Witherspoon presents award for the Best Supporting Acto to Christian Bale for The Fighter! A fully deserving award. Though I was rooting for Rush. Perhaps a little biased towards The King's Speech :-(
A punch in the air as David Seidlerbags the award for Best Original ScreenplayThe King's Speech. I am seriously hoping this is the first in the line of long awards for this spectacularly brilliant film!
Sorkin who has adapted the screenplay of the film from Ben Mezrich's 2009 nonfiction book The Accidental Billionaires is also the man behindThe West Wing ironically, one ofMark Zuckerberg's favourite shows!
Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem announce the award for the Best Adapted Screenplay. The two actors look likeTweedledee andTweedledum, dressed in all-white suits. The Oscar goes to Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network
Seems like the Academy Awards have got it right with the hosts this year Anne Hathaway is spectacularly funny as is James Franco. AND a very intelligent opening montage! The awards have officially begun!
There is a lot of excitement in the air as some of the best movies of the year will compete with each other for the most coveted prize. Social Network and The King's Speech are the front runners in the race and pretty much represent the two ends of the spectrum -- one a young film about today's world and the other, complete with old world charm, a stellar cast and belting out perhaps their career-best performances.
Much action unfolding on the red carpet with Mallika Sherawat, actually wearing something red-carpet worthy, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her husband Abhishek walking in hand-in-hand and Ashutosh Gowariker ditching his wife for his son.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the83rd Academy Awards that are being held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. This is Abhishek Mande and I will be taking you through the awards ceremony for the few hours.