'Toy Story 3' won the Oscar for animated feature on Sunday, while Melissa Leo wins first Oscar for 'The Fighter' and Danish drama "In a Better World" wins foreign language Oscar.
Melissa Leo accepts the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in "The Fighter" during the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011 Photo: Reuters
'Toy Story 3'
"Toy Story 3" won the Oscar for animated feature on Sunday, becoming the fourth Pixar release to win the category in as many years.
In perhaps the least surprising result at the Academy Awards, the hit cartoon, which will also vie for the best picture Oscar at the end of the ceremony, beat out another Hollywood crowd-pleaser, "How to Train Your Dragon," and the British-French co-production "The Illusionist."
"Toy Story 3," the most popular film at the box office last year with worldwide sales of $1.1 billion, marked the third film in a series about a group of action figures and toy-chest favorites who come to life when humans are not looking.
The crew is headed by the bold astronaut Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Tim Allen, and the more diffident Woody the cowboy, voiced by Tom Hanks. The new film, directed by Lee Unkrich, saw the beloved toys suffer a grim fate in a daycare center. Mattel mainstays Barbie and Ken made their debuts.
Pixar, a unit of Walt Disney Co, won this category last year with "Up," in 2009 with "WALL-E," and in 2008 with "Ratatouille." It also won in 2004 with "Finding Nemo" and in 2005 with "The Incredibles." The award was instituted in 2002, six years after Pixar chief John Lasseter was given a special Oscar for his team's work on the first "Toy Story" film.
Melissa Leo wins first Oscar for 'The Fighter'
Melissa Leo won her first Academy Award on Sunday for her supporting role in "The Fighter," a movie that propelled the 50-year-old actress into the mainstream for the first time in her career.
Leo was considered a favorite for the prize, but faced strong competition from both co-star Amy Adams and Helena Bonham-Carter for "The King's Speech." All played real-life characters.
But Leo was overwhelmed when she stepped up to receive her Oscar. "Will you pinch me?", she asked presenter Kirk Douglas.
"Oh my god! Oh wow!. Really, really, really truly wow. I know there have been a lot of people saying some real, real nice things to me for several months now. But I am just shaking in my boots here," she said.
Leo starred in "The Fighter" as Alice Ward, the feisty mother of two New England boxing heroes played by Mark Wahlberg and Oscar nominee Christian Bale. While her characterization of the brassy matriarch was not exactly sympathetic, Leo has gone out of her way during awards season to paint Ward as an unsung heroine with a good heart.
Leo also got the first language "bleep" of the awards show telecast, while thanking the members of the Ward family on whose story "The Fighter" was based.
Leo was nominated for an Oscar two years ago for her lead role in "Frozen River," an arthouse drama that grossed just $2.5 million at the North American box office. "The Fighter," by contrast, has earned about $88 million to date.
Leo thanked the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who had voted for her, adding that the Oscars are about "selling motion pictures and respecting the work."
The other supporting actress nominees were Hailee Steinfeld for "True Grit" and Jacki Weaver for "Animal Kingdom."
British actor Christian Bale accepts the Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in "The Fighter" during the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011
Danish drama wins foreign language Oscar
"In a Better World," a Danish drama depicting the effects of violence among generations and nations, won the Academy Award for foreign-language picture on Sunday.
It marked the third time that a film from Denmark has taken the prize, following "Babette's Feast" in 1988 and "Pelle the Conquerer" in 1989. Its director, Susanne Bier, was previously nominated in 2007 for "After the Wedding."
The film, considered an Oscar front-runner, revolves around a grieving youngster who lashes out at a schoolyard bully and an adult thug with disastrous consequences. In a parallel storyline, a pal's father must confront a warlord who has been terrorizing African villagers helped by his medical charity.
The other contenders were Mexico's "Biutiful," Greece's "Dogtooth," Canada's "Incendies," and Algeria's "Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)."
Running list of Oscar winners
Following is a list of winners to date at the 83rd annual Academy Awards taking place in Hollywood on Sunday.
- Documentary feature - "Inside Job"
- Documentary short subject - "Strangers No More"
- Live action short film - "God of Love"
- Costume design - "Alice in Wonderland" (Colleen Atwood)
- Makeup - "The Wolfman" (Rick Baker, Dave Elsey)
- Original score - "The Social Network" (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross)
- Sound Mixing - "Inception (Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, Ed Novick)
- Sound editing - "Inception" (Richard King)
- Supporting actor - Christian Bale ("The Fighter")
- Foreign language film - "In a Better World" (Denmark)
- Adapted screenplay - "The Social Network" (Aaron Sorkin)
- Original screenplay - "The King's Speech" (David Seidler)
- Supporting actress - Melissa Leo ("The Fighter")
- Animated short film - "The Lost Thing"
- Animated feature - "Toy Story 3"
- Art direction - "Alice in Wonderland" (Robert Stromberg, Karen O'Hara)
Director Susanne Bier accepts the Oscar for best foreign film for the Danish film "In A Better World" during the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011
Aaron Sorkin wins the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for the film "The Social Network" during the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011