The 83nd Annual Academy Awards boasted two Oscar nominated co-hosts this year. Shared stage time between Actor James Franco and Actress Anne Hathaway became a reality that met with eventually mixed results, as the Academy hoped to appeal to a younger televison viewing audience. More fun than this year's hosts was the reality of at least one "eyebrow-raising" speech. Early on, Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter) got everyone's attention as she dropped the F bomb not even a full sentence into her acceptance speech. Cautious was cast mate Christian Bale, when he won for Best Supporting Actor (The Fighter), who clearly chose his words more carefully --referring to Leo's faux pas. Sweet and poignant was best Actress Winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and "to the point" was Best Actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech); each were slated to be the evening's BIG WINNERS and they were. To follow are select passages from the top 4 winners speeches.
Colin Firth-Best Actor, The King's Speech
"And all the people who have been rooting for me back home. Also Jessica Kolstad, my friend, Paul Lyon-Maris, and Chris Andrews for bearing with me through some of the less fortunate moments as well as the good ones and my very fortunate friendship with Tom Ford who to whom I owe a very big piece of this. And to the Anglo-Italian-American-Canadian axis, which makes up my family and Livia for putting up with my fleeting delusions of royalty and who I hold responsible for this and for really everything that's good that's happened since I met her. Now if you'll all excuse me, I have some impulses I have to tend to backstage. Thank you very much."
Christian Bale-Best Supporting Actor, The Fighter
"Bloody hell. Wow, what a room full of talented and inspirational people and what the hell am I doing here in the midst of you? It's such an honor. David O. Russell, what a great spirit, you know, on the set. Just fantastic, and thank you so much mate for making the work that all of us actors did actually mean something. You know, I mean that's the director's job of translating it to the audience and making it mean something. Thank you for that. Thank you to Pamela Martin, likewise, as our editor. The just incredible work of every actor. Melissa, I'm not going to drop the f-bomb like she did, I've done that plenty before."
Natalie Portman-Best Actress, Black Swan
"Thank you so much to the Academy this is insane and I truly sincerely wish that the prize tonight was to get to work with my fellow nominees. I'm so in awe of you. I'm so grateful to get to do the job that I do. I love it so much. I want to thank my parents, who are right there, first and foremost for giving me my life and for giving me the opportunity to work from such an early age and showing me everyday how to be a good human being by example."
Melissa Leo- Best Supporting Actress, The Fighter
"Oh my, oh my God. Oh wow really, really, really, really, really, truly wow. I know there's a lot of people that said a lotta real real nice things to me for several months now, but I'm just shaking in my boots here. Ok, alright. Thank you David O. Russell. I want to thank the actors, Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, he might run out for a second, Amy, my sweet sister Adams, Jack, our lovely daughters. OK. Yeah, I am kind of speechless. Golly sakes, there's people up there too. When I watched Kate two years ago, it looked so [EXPLETIVE DELETED]. Alice Ward, your beautiful family that opened your hearts. I saw Mick here earlier. Dick, a shout out for Nana? Alright Dick's not in the room."
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