83rd Academy Awards

83rd Academy Awards
Official poster promoting the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011.
Official poster
DateFebruary 27, 2011
SiteKodak Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byJames Franco
Anne Hathaway[1]
Preshow hostsTim Gunn
Maria Menounos
Robin Roberts
Krista Smith[2]
Produced byBruce Cohen
Don Mischer[3]
Directed byDon Mischer[3]
Best PictureThe King's Speech
Most awardsInception and The King's Speech (4)
Most nominationsThe King's Speech (12)
TV in the United States
Duration3 hours, 16 minutes[4]
Ratings37.9 million
21.2% (Nielsen ratings)[5]

The 83rd Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2010 in the United States and took place on February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. EST). During the ceremony, Academy Awards (commonly called the Oscars) were presented in 24 competitive categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, and produced by Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer, with Mischer also serving as director.[6][7] Actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted the ceremony, marking the first time for each.[8]

In related events, the Academy held its second annual Governors Awards ceremony at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center on November 13, 2010.[9] On February 12, 2011, in a ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Marisa Tomei.[10]

Inception and The King's Speech won four awards each with the latter film winning Best Picture.[11][12][13] Other winners included The Social Network with three awards, Alice in Wonderland, The Fighter, and Toy Story 3, with two awards, and Black Swan, God of Love, In a Better World, Inside Job, The Lost Thing, Strangers No More, and The Wolfman with one. The telecast garnered almost 38 million viewers in the United States.

Winners and nominees

The nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced on January 25, 2011, at 5:38 a.m. PST at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California by Tom Sherak, president of the Academy, and actress Mo'Nique.[14] The King's Speech led the nominations with twelve, followed by True Grit with ten.[15][16]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on February 27, 2011.[17][18] Toy Story 3 became the third animated film to be nominated for Best Picture.[19][20] True Grit was the second film after 2002's Gangs of New York to lose all ten of its nominations.[21] By virtue of his nomination for Best Actor in 127 Hours, host James Franco became the first person since Paul Hogan, who was a co-host and a Best Original Screenplay nominee during the 59th ceremony in 1987, to host the ceremony while receiving a nomination in the same year.[22][23] He was also the first acting nominee since Michael Caine at the 45th ceremony in 1973 to achieve this distinction.[24] With Christian Bale and Melissa Leo's respective wins in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories, The Fighter became the first film since 1986's Hannah and Her Sisters to win both supporting acting categories.[25]


Photo of Tom Hooper at the premiere of Les Misérables in Sydney, Australia.
Tom Hooper, Best Director winner
Photo of Colin Firth at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Colin Firth, Best Actor winner
Photo of Natalie Portman at in 2013.
Natalie Portman, Best Actress winner
Photo of Christian Bale attending the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.
Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor winner
Photo of Melissa Leo attending the premiere of Whatever Works in 2009.
Melissa Leo, Best Supporting Actress winner
Photo of Aaron Sorkin attending PaleyFest 2013.
Aaron Sorkin, Best Adapted Screenplay winner
Photo of Lee Unkrich at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
Lee Unkrich, Best Animated Feature winner
Photo of Susanne Bier at the 2011 Miami International Film Festival.
Susanne Bier, Best Foreign Language Film winner
Photo of Charles Ferguson on April 19, 2012.
Charles Ferguson, Best Documentary Feature co-winner
Photo of Rick Baker at the 2011 Saturn Awards.
Rick Baker, Best Makeup co-winner

Winners[26] are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double-dagger (double-dagger).

Honorary Academy Awards

The Academy held its Second Annual Governors Awards ceremony on November 13, 2010, during which the following awards were presented.[27][28][29]

Academy Honorary Award

  • Kevin Brownlow — For the wise and devoted chronicling of the cinematic parade.
  • Jean-Luc Godard — For passion. For confrontation. For a new kind of cinema.
  • Eli Wallach — For a lifetime's worth of indelible screen characters.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Films with multiple nominations and awards

The following six films received multiple awards:

Awards Film
4 Inception
The King's Speech
3 The Social Network
2 Alice in Wonderland
The Fighter
Toy Story 3
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