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'The King's Speech' Wins Oscar for Best Picture (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 28th 2011 1:40AM
Best Picture Oscar for 'The King's Speech,' 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards'In the late season rush toward 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC), a shift began to form in the front runners among the top films of the year. Earlier on, it seemed likely that 'The Social Network' was going to be the Oscar darling of the year. But as 2010 wrapped and we started moving into 2011, a tidal shift started moving toward 'The King's Speech.'

After picking up Oscars for Best Screenplay, Director and Lead Actor earlier in the night, it seemed almost inevitable that it would take the top prize as well. And it did just that, beating out its nine other competitors, including 'The Social Network.'

"To have been part of a film that has touched and moved people so much all over the world has been just a huge privilege," producer Emile Sherman said of the film. He also gave tremendous kudos to the financial backers who took a risk on such an unlikely success story.

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Oscars 2009: What worked vs. what didn't

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 23rd 2009 12:02PM
It was the best of Oscar it was the worst of Oscar. It wasn't the best show I've ever seen, but was it the worst Oscars ever as one friend emailed me? I think there were features that worked and features that tanked. There could have been more star power -- where were Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock, Christian Bale, Tyler Perry (he had the biggest box office opening last week!), etc.? Forget about stars from the '70s...

Anyway, I had predicted that the Oscars would stink. Well, I was wrong, or half-wrong. Separate from whether you agreed with the winners -- I did by and large -- or you didn't, what about the broadcast? I think if you had seen all the nominees (or at least the Best Picture noms), you probably had a rooting interest and were amused by most of the show. However, the other half was pretty bad. After the jump, what worked versus what did not.

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