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Oscars offer deserving results excluding ‘Inception’ and ‘Black Swan’

March 3rd, 2011

Surprisingly, the 83rd Academy Awards night held no sweep this year.

“The King’s Speech” and “Inception” each won four Oscars, with Director Tom Hooper’s royal biopic taking home four of the bigger awards (with picture, director, actor and original screenplay) and Director Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending masterpiece taking the major technical awards (for visual effects, cinematography, sound mixing and sound editing).

“The Social Network” won three Oscars (adapted screenplay, original score, and film editing).

Sophomore Carson Parish, was disappointed in the ultimate tally, as his favorite film was “The Social Network,” the Facebook film about the frailties of the human condition.

“No other movie of the year was so perfect in virtually every category,” Parish said. “From the screenplay to the performances, they were all executed impeccably.”

Carson was not the only one to believe that Director David Fincher’s widely-acclaimed masterpiece was a shoo-in for the Best Picture Oscar.

While “The Social Network” remains a critical favorite, it is a surprise to see how “The King’s Speech” gained serious momentum with wins in the last few major award ceremonies.

In the end, “The King’s Speech” gained in popularity and resulted in a British triumph for the film.

For sophomore Rachel Halle, the best film of the year was “Inception,” which was followed closely by “Toy Story 3.”

Still, she felt it was a well-deserved decision when “The King’s Speech” walked away with the two most coveted Oscars of the night.

“I was really excited that King’s Speech won,” Halle said. “It’s really a fantastic movie with a great cast.”

While Parish ultimately resigned his expectations to the fact that the royal favorite to nap Best Picture, he was still surprised when “The King’s Speech” also won Best Director Oscar over David Fincher’s work.

“The Academy loves movies about royalty, so it’s reasonable that the king won Best Picture,” he said. “However, there is absolutely no way that Tom Hooper’s film was better directed than Fincher’s– or any movie of the year, for that matter.”

Both Halle and Parish agree that this year was pretty straight-forward when it comes to the expected winners coming out on top. On the whole, there weren’t too many surprises.

A slight surprise, yet still expected result, was Melissa Leo receiving her Supporting Actress Oscar for “The Fighter.”

Her shameless self-promoted consideration campaigns made many people’s predictions switch from her performance, to that of spunky 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld for “True Grit.”

Yet her transgressions didn’t matter, as Leo still walked up to the stage and managed to squeak out an excited speech which included the first f-bomb uttered in the Oscar’s 83-year history.

“True Grit” went home with none of its 10 nominations, while “Black Swan” only nabbed one out of five for Natalie Portman’s stirring performance.

Beyond the original snub of being refused a Best Director and Best Editing nomination, Christopher Nolan left without getting the much-deserved chance of standing on stage to accept an Oscar.

“Inception,” while winning four awards, was still denied two of the awards it was expected to win with Nolan’s labyrinthine screenplay and Hans Zimmer’s rousing musical score.

“The King’s Speech” is an honorable pick for Best Original Screenplay,” Parish said. “Again, it’s the Academy, so we get royalty and safe picks over innovation and creativity.”

The greatest triumphs for Parish came from “The Social Network” scribe Aaron Sorkin having his hands on an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and “Inception” winning the Oscar for Best Visual Effects.

“It’s nice to see a movie that uses old-fashioned innovation over CGI,” he said.

For Halle, the most deserving awards went to Colin Firth and Natalie Portman finishing up their national sweeps in winning Best Actor and Best Actress.

“Portman in ‘Black Swan’ had to do things we’ve never seen and I think that’s what got her the Oscar,” she said.

As to why “Black Swan” may have not received the attention it deserved, Halle believes it has more to do with people just not getting the intricacies of the art of ballet.

“If you don’t understand how ballet works, you won’t understand or appreciate how well-written this film is,” she said.

For Parish, the acting Oscars were also spot-on.

“Firth really was incredible, Portman deserved it, Bale [as much as it pains me to say it] definitely earned it and I thought Leo was great,” he said.

“I did kind of hope that Jesse Eisenberg would win Best Actor, but I realize that Firth truly was the better performance, so I was cool with it.”

Ultimately, both Parish and Halle were happy with the final result.

“2010 was just a great year for movies,” Halle said, “and I really thought that the ‘King’s Speech’ deserved everything it got.”