Oscars 2011: The 83rd Annual Academy Awards
- Hide caption(From left) Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin, Colin Firth and Iain Canning celebrate their Oscar for The King's Speech at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night (Chris Carlson/AP).
- Hide captionNatalie Portman accepts the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Black Swan.Chris Carlson/AP
- Hide captionCate Blanchett — supporting-actress winner for 2004's The Aviator — arrives at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre for the Academy Awards telecast.Chris Carlson/AP
- Hide captionHosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway address the audience at the Kodak Theatre.Kevin Winter/Getty Images
- Hide caption"You look very appealing to a younger demographic," Hathaway told Franco — a wink the Academy's choice of hosts.Kevin Winter/Getty Images
- Hide captionMelissa Leo took the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in The Fighter, presented by Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas.Kevin Winter/Getty Images
- Hide captionChristian Bale receives the Best Supporting Actor award, his first Oscar, for his role in The Fighter.Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images
- Hide captionMany Oscar-watchers felt she and Franco largely fell flat as hosts — despite one gag that put Franco in Marilyn Monroe drag.Mark J. Terrill/AP
- Hide captionFlorence Welch and Bollywood music legend A.R. Rahman performed the song "If I Rise" from 127 Hours.Kevin Winter/Getty Images
- Hide captionJennifer Hudson, an Oscar winner for the 2006 film Dreamgirls, presented the award for Best Original Song — and won rave reviews for her wardrobe.Mark J. Terrill/AP
- Hide captionAaron Sorkin won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for The Social Network.Chris Carlson/AP
- Hide captionColin Firth, nominated in 2010 for A Single Man, won the Best Actor award this year for his portrayal of King George VI in The King's Speech.Mark J. Terrill/AP
- Hide captionThe King's Speech was the night's big winner with four Oscars, including Best Picture.Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images
The odds-on favorite won Best Picture and dominated Sunday night's Oscars — but the telecast itself suffered from lackluster hosting, odd musical numbers and disjointed production.
What did we learn from Oscar night? To ask Mom for help, among other things.
February 28, 2011 We eagle eye some of the Academy Award red carpet fashions and add commentary despite the fact that we aren't very fashionable.
February 28, 2011 The Oscars have all been handed out, and the winners' sound bites are in. In their acceptance speeches and backstage comments, this year's crop of Academy Award winners reveled in the limelight, thanked their mothers, ducked out for drinks and let loose some profanity.
February 27, 2011 The Oscars will show off various artists' attempts at red-carpet perfection — even as the awards celebrate films that are all about the acceptance of imperfection.
February 27, 2011 Emil Richards began as a session musician in Los Angeles, working with the likes of Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys. He's best known, however, for his work on thousands of TV and movie soundtracks, from The Addams Family to Mission: Impossible.
February 25, 2011 Exit Through the Gift Shop, a documentary by secretive street artist Banksy, is up for an Academy Award on Sunday night. Whether he's campaigning for the award, and what might happen if he wins it, depends on whom you ask.
February 25, 2011 The King's Speech is a good movie, but it might have been an even better movie if it had been about Geoffrey Rush's character rather than Colin Firth's.
February 24, 2011 Old people know it, children know it, and the ladies at the Washington Post's Celebritology blog know it. Bingo makes everything better. Celebritology's Oscar Bingo cards are a fun way to enjoy the Academy Award show.
February 24, 2011 One woman takes on 56 Oscar-nominated films in a probably futile attempt to see them all before the ceremony on Sunday night. Will she succeed? Is it worth it? Writer Sarah D. Bunting shares her thoughts.
February 25, 2011 Among the earliest production crew members hired on a film, they help directors turn words into pictures — and help manage the chaos of a movie set. For the second of this year's Hollywood Jobs stories, NPR's Susan Stamberg tags along to see the sites.
February 24, 2011 When The Social Network needs 60 vintage computers that work — or Steven Spielberg needs live crabs, and needs them in motion — it's prop masters who move heaven and earth to make it happen. In the first of her annual Hollywood Jobs stories, NPR's Susan Stamberg profiles some of the field's best.