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Oscars: Christian Bale wins for supporting actor

Christian Bale won the Oscar for supporting actor for his performance in “The Fighter” at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night. It’s the first Oscar win for the 37-year-old British actor, who plays a former pro boxer fighting drug addiction. Bale was considered to be in a heated race with “The King’s Speech’s” Geoffrey Rush as the favorite in this category. Bale previously received honors from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, Critics’ Choice, the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild.

In addition to Rush, Bale was competing against John Hawkes for “Winter’s Bone,” Jeremy Renner for “The Town” and Mark Ruffalo for “The Kids Are All Right.”

The Academy Awards are taking place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. We'll carry all the breaking news and reaction here on Awards Tracker.

-- Susan King

Photo: Christian Bale accepts his Oscar. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times


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Contest: Predict the most Oscar losers

Oscar loserPoster Jason Travis has created a hilarious contest in our message boards. Never mind joining another competition to predict who'll win the Academy Awards. "In this contest, I'm seeing who can get the most predictions WRONG," he says. "For every category you predict wrong (meaning that film CANNOT be the actual winner), you get 1 point." Check it out here.

That may seem simple, but give it a try. Sure, Mark Ruffalo ("The Kids Are All Right") doesn't have a prayer of winning best supporting actor and the cinematographers of "The Social Network" shouldn't bother to prepare an acceptance speech, but other races are tricky. In those categories decided by special committees – best foreign film, documentary and animated shorts, etc. – weird stuff wins all the time.

-- Tom O'Neil

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If I ran the Oscars: Musician Dan Hicks picks 'Freaks' and Jerry Lewis

In this interview series, we ask some famous free-thinkers to recast the Oscars in their own image. Please put your hands together for our next presenter, music iconoclast Dan Hicks.

Dan, which actors and films will get Oscars from academy voters this year?

Colin Firth for best actor; Natalie Portman, best actress; Helena Bonham Carter for supporting actress, and Geoffrey Rush, supporting actor. As for movies, it’s between “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech.”

So if you were in charge of academy votes, which performers and films would go home with an Oscar?

Most of the entire list in question #1, and Mark Ruffalo in "The Kids Are All Right."

"The King's Speech" is a high contender in my book to sweep -- much more deserving than the "Crash" win of 2004!

Which films and performers from the past do you feel deserved the Oscar but didn't receive one?

Tod Browning's "Freaks" for best film, and Jerry Lewis in "The Nutty Professor" for best actor.

Which award categories would you add? Which need deleting?

I would delete best song and focus entirely on the music and score -- one film that was overlooked in this category was Bernard Herrmann’s music for "Taxi Driver."

Also, let’s add the award for shortest film credits!

What part of the telecast would you remove? And what would you replace it with?

The part where Randy Newman wins an Oscar -- just kidding! Replace it with Peter Coyote reprising his year 2000 backstage commentary as “The Voice of Oscar.”

Which part of the Oscars would you never change?

When the orchestra signals that an acceptance speech should be wrapping up -- and Jack Nicholson sitting in the front row.

The fashion parade on the red carpet seems to have become as important a part of the ceremony as the awards themselves. What dress code rules would you mandate there?

There is no need for dress code rules -- this is America -- a person should be able to wear what he or she wants to the Oscars.

Well said. Who would be your dream host or presenters? Musical performers?

My dream host would be Chris Rock, accompanied by Richard Belzer. And would love to see more stars from bygone eras as presenters.

Who would receive your honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement?

Richard Gere.

Do you have a favorite (good or bad) Oscar moment from the past?

When Bette Davis was presenting the best actor award in 1986 and forgot to include jazz musician Dexter Gordon among the more celebrated nominees.

And lastly, let’s give you an Oscar this year for all your hard work. Let’s hear your acceptance speech.

"I've heard of non-actors receiving Oscars, but this is ridiculous! This is going to look good on my mantle next to my 1958 high school Junior Achievement plaque for best business acumen. Perhaps I should make room for more Oscars -- I think I've got the bug! Next time I won't try so hard, so some other guys will have a chance."

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Dan Hicks. Credit: Jenee Crayne

Oscar nominations: Mark Ruffalo feels like 'royalty'


Mark Ruffalo had totally forgotten Tuesday was Oscar nominations day. He was driving his kids to school  in upstate New York when his cellphone rang. And then rang again. And then rang three more times.

“It’s pretty crazy. I think this is as close as you can be to becoming royalty in this country. It’s like being a duke!” he says.  “I was pretty much blown away. The kids -- they don’t get it, they don’t know what it is. They just kept watching their show, this old-fashioned cartoon.”

Ruffalo’s nomination for best supporting actor for “The Kids Are All Right” is his first nod from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In fact, it will only be his second time ever attending the Oscars  -- and he’s more than a little nervous about the big day. He says he’ll look to Colin Firth as a role model in terms of grace, and he’ll be leaning on his wife for support on the big day. 

“I’ve only been to the Oscars once -- for 'You Can Count on Me' and I sat in the nosebleed seats. It’s nerve-racking,” he says.  “I like to hide behind the characters that were written for me. I’m not exactly shy, but I also like to be reclusive. I like my alone time. I live in upstate New York -- people don’t see a lot of my movies here. They could care less. I enjoy that. I like my anonymity.”

Lisa Cholodenko’s character-driven film about a lesbian couple and their two children holds a special place in his heart and not just because it garnered his first Oscar nom. Culturally, he says, it’s an important film. “They’re not making the same movies they made 20 years ago. There aren’t as many character dramas on the studio level. There’s been a big shift to genre movies and more tent-pole movies.  They’re not making 'The Godfather,' Apocalypse Now.' It’s a different time.”

“But 'The Kids Are All Right' is one of them; 'Winter’s Bone' is one of them. That’s my genre, that’s my sweet spot. That’s what I do best. For that film to be popping out in the culture now -- I’m really proud of that. To be part of that movie, at this moment in time, and have it acknowledged on this large scale, is a shift. That’s the big win.”

-- Deborah Vankin

Photo: Mark Ruffalo, right, in a scene from "The Kids Are All Right." Credit: Suzanne Tenner / Focus Features



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