Sunday, February 27, 2011

Disney/Pixar Takes Four Awards on Oscar Night

Toy Story 3
On a night when The King's Speech reigned over the Academy Awards, Disney and Pixar performed royally, winning a total of four Oscars, two each for Toy Story 3 and Alice in Wonderland.

As expected, Toy Story 3 won for Best Animated Feature, beating out How to Train Your Dragon and The Illusionist. It also won Best Original Song for We Belong Together, written by Randy Newman. It was Newman's second win out of twenty nominations in his prolific career. His only previous win was for 2001's If I Didn't Have You from Monsters, Inc. 

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland took home the gold statuettes in two of the three categories it was nominated for, winning for Art Direction and Costume Design.

In his acceptance speech, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich thanked the many creative people involved in the film, calling Pixar "the most awesome place on earth to make movies." Backstage, he acknowledged his fan base, sending "a shout out to all my followers on Twitter. It's been a blast sharing this journey with you." He continued by saying, "My friend and Pixar colleague, the late Joe Ranft, always said that making movies is like throwing a party and the whole world is invited. Well, I hope you enjoyed our party because we have had a blast."

Oscar winner Lee Unkrich
Toy Story 3 lost its Best Picture nod to The King's Speech, which won a total of four Oscars including Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director (Tom Hooper) and Best Original Screenplay. Equalling The King's Speech's Oscar haul was Inception, which landed four awards for Cinematography, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Visual Effects.

Best Actress went to Natalie Portman for her portrayal of the tortured ballerina in Black Swan. The Fighter scored wins in both Supporting categories for actor Christian Bale and actress Melissa Leo, who dropped an exuberant f-bomb during her acceptance speech that was bleeped during the broadcast.

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