Oscars crown THE KING'S SPEECH with Best Picture

THE KING'S SPEECH walked away with Best Picture honors at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood last night. Director Tom Hooper, who also won for Best Directing, credited his mother for bringing the true story of King George VI to the screen. "My mum was invited to a fringe theater play reading of an unproduced, unrehearsed play called THE KING'S SPEECH," he recalled. "She almost didn't go…but thank God she did, because she came home, rang me up and said, 'Tom, I think I've found your next film.' …The moral of the story is: listen to your mother."

THE KING'S SPEECH also garnered wins for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor, bringing its tally of Oscars to four. Cinematographer Danny Cohen, BSC was nominated for his work on the film, but lost out to Wally Pfister, ASC, who won for INCEPTION, directed by Christopher Nolan. INCEPTION tied with THE KING'S SPEECH for the most wins, sweeping the technical categories with statuettes for Best Cinematography; Best Sound Mixing; Best Sound Editing; and Best Visual Effects. 

INCEPTION relied on the ARRIFLEX 235 and 435 as B-cameras, in addition to utilizing ARRIMAX lampheads and MaxMovers heavily throughout the shoot. Pfister said in his acceptance speech, "This is a phenomenal honor for the respect you've shown for all cinematographers. None of what I did would have been possible without the master, Christopher Nolan...His work has inspired me for 12 years and continues to; he's a brilliant filmmaker, as we all know."  

Congratulations to all of this year's winners. 


Related links and videos:

ARTICLE: ARRI News speaks with cinematographer Danny Cohen,
BSC and gaffer Paul McGeachan about their work on THE KING'S SPEECH 

VIDEO: Behind-the-scenes on THE KING'S SPEECH

ARTICLE: MaxMovers aid and abet INCEPTION

VIDEO: The making of INCEPTION