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The King's Speech beat Facebook flick The Social Network to grab the best picture prize at the Oscars on Sunday night. The tale of the reluctant king overcoming his stutter also earned Colin Firth a best actor award, making him the first Brit since Anthony Hopkins in 1992 to pick up the coveted gong. The King's Speech also …

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Facebook thing

I got dragged along to the facebook film (I'm not an American and refuse to call these things "movies"). Hated every second of it; irritating characters, a not-very-interesting story, yuk. Oddly, all the non-techies I went with loved it!

Mind you, it wasn't helped by my wife saying "you're just like that!". Oh, thank you darling, I love you too.

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"and best original screenplay"

There fixed that for you.

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So

what did she swear she was going to do?

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all awards seem correctly given out...

i really enjoyed inception and the Kings speech, both excellent in their own ways,

The last Airbender was complete shite, which is a shame since normally i like his films, but that is the way it goes sometimes.

More films please - praise the gods of Orange wednesdays, booo to their roaming charges though :(

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Yeah,

it all went downhill when they started to include sound.

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More than a coincidence!

The Oscars always on just after the Winter film season and just before the biggest films go to DVD pressing plants?

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No coincidence, but...

It's a bit of a "chicken and egg" thing. To be eligible for the Oscars, a film has to be released in the preceding calendar year, i.e. January to December. That shouldn't really be all that surprising or controversial. However, what it means in practise is that (allowing for a decent nominations period) the Oscars come after the big Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year period, when the studios, unsurprisingly, generally release their biggest films so as to earn the most from the holiday market.

Having said that: studios often deliberately delay the release of films they think might have a chance at the Oscars until later in the year, regardless of the holiday period. The reasoning is that if they're released too early, the Academy members will have forgotten about them by the time it comes for voting. A film released in Easter, for example, is unlikely to make the following year's awards shortlist, regardless of how good it is.

So: yes, the Oscars follow the main Winter film season, but they also help create it...

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@Eadon

If the Oscars is a movie industry advert for sales then it's a bad one as it's the time of year when all the screeners come out to play.

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Shurely shome mishtake?

"worst eye-gouging misuse of 3-D"

Shurely "best misuse" or "worst use"? "Worst misuse" sounds like they almost got it right!

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::yawns::

Does anyone with a life of their own care?

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Facebook got oscars?

Unlike! Unlike!!!

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the facebook film

I guess it's just part of the dumb mantra that everything about facebook is the future and must be applauded, but this film really is just a vanity pic made by, for, and about, zuckerberg.

It's about as realistic as "war games" was in 1983. don't waste 2 hours of your life sitting through this drivel.

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Re: the facebook film

"by"?

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HEY!....

I *enjoyed* WarGames - and I was into computers back then, could pick out the mistakes, and I *still* enjoyed it.

I didn't mind the sequel either - except for one "slap in the face" moment towards the end, it was better-than-average Hollywood Cyber-fare.

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Facts, Anyone?

"...making him the first Brit since Anthony Hopkins in 1992..." Err... Daniel Day Lewis for There Will Be Blood in 2008?

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Facts can be awkward things...

Daniel Day-Lewis is a tricky one, as he has dual British/Irish nationality. Although born in the UK, he has been known to get upset at being called a "Britsh" actor, and as a result the news reports of his Oscar win were often rather cautiously worded...

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