“It’s the Young and Hip Oscars!”

Oh lordy. We all love James Fanco, and Anne Hathaway too, but the 83rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony was kind of a mess. At one point, after presenter Kirk Douglas went rogue and Melissa Leo dropped an F bomb, Anne Hathaway squealed “It’s the young and hip Oscars!” Oh honey, you wish.

The opening video montage where the hosts were digitally inserted into scenes from all the best pictures had its charms, but felt like it needed to be edited down to half its length. A problem with having ten best picture nominees, I guess. One major highlight: we got to see James Franco in white ballet tights. And may I say, baby got back!

When Franco and Hathaway finally took to the stage, their respective energies just didn’t mesh well. Franco was too stiff and set back on his heels. Hathaway, meanwhile, was aggressively perky.

And the problems extended well beyond the hosts. The whole show felt sluggish, poorly written, and poorly directed. When the big opening joke was having Hathaway’s Mom and Grandma Franco stand up in the audience and play cute… well, expectations for the evening had to be adjusted precipitously downward. 

One highlight was having The King’s Speech producer Iain Canning actually thanking his boyfriend as his boyfriend. As opposed to just mentioning his name in a long list of other people he thanked.

On the pages that follow you’ll find a photo gallery of ceremony highlights as well as some of the most memorable red carpet looks. Please share your thoughts on the show in the comments.

The King’s Speech producer Iain Canning didn’t stutter when thanking his boyfriend.

“Not letting go.”

Melissa Leo wins Best Supporting Actress – Drops an F bomb.

Aaron Sorkin wins Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network

Guy in a dress – always a guaranteed laugh riot.

Reese Witherspoon looks fantastic – but seems to have stolen dress
and styling from Julia RobertsErin Brockovich Oscar acceptance speech.

Russell Brand and Dame Helen Mirren

Anne Hathaway: great voice – terrible musical number.


The dashing Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem


Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis


Christian Bale invites you to check out dickyeklund.com


Michelle Williams and Jake Gyllenhaal

Oprah Winfrey

Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams


Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore perform “I See the Light” from Tangled

Cate Blanchett

Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman

Jennifer Hudson

Annette Bening

Sandra Bullock

Jeremy Renner

Gwyneth Paltrow

Nicole Kidman

Josh Brolin

Celine Dion

Dame Helen Mirren

Halle Berry

Sharon Stone

Scarlett Johansson

Hailee Steinfeld

Michelle Williams channeling Mia Farrow

Natalie Portman wins Best Actress


Colin Firth wins Best Actor – thanks Tom Ford in part for his win.

Here is the complete list of winners:

1. Best Picture: The King’s Speech

2. Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

3. Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

4. Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

5. Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

6. Directing: Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

7. Foreign Language Film: In a Better World, Denmark

8. Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

9. Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King’s Speech

10. Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3

11. Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland

12. Cinematography: Inception

13. Sound Mixing: Inception

14. Sound Editing: Inception

15. Original Score: The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

16. Original Song: “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, Randy Newman.

17. Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland

18. Documentary Feature: Inside Job

19. Documentary (short subject): Strangers No More

20. Film Editing: The Social Network

21. Makeup: The Wolfman

22. Animated Short Film: The Lost Thing

23. Live Action Short Film: God of Love

24. Visual Effects: Inception