Os­car frocks and shocks

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THE King’s Speech reigned at t he 83rd An­nual Academy Awards and so did plenty of Aussies on a record-break­ing, golden night for the Aus­tralian film in­dus­try.

Aus­tralians col­lected five Os­cars, eclips­ing the pre­vi­ous record of three achieved in 1996 when Mel Gib­son’s Brave­heart dom­i­nated and in 2002 when Moulin Rouge’s Cather­ine Martin led the Aus­tralian charge with two of that night’s three stat­uettes.

The cer­e­mony, held in­side the Ko­dak Theatrein Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard, be­gan on a sad note when Jacki Weaver’s un­likely jour­ney to the Os­cars ended with­out an Os­car.

Weaver, a 63-year-old Os­car new­comer nom­i­nated for her star­tling role in the Aus­tralian crime drama An­i­mal King­dom, was trumped in the sup­port­ing ac­tress cat­e­gory by favourite, New Yorker Melissa Leo, who forced the cen­sors to blank out a four-letter ex­ple­tive in her ac­cep­tance speech.

Just mo­ments later Fre­man­tle-born, Mel­bourne res­i­dent Shaun Tan claimed the first Aus­tralian Os­car of the night in a ma­jor up­set in the short an­i­mated film cat­e­gory.

Tan’s 15 minute com­puter gen­er­ated and hand-painted movie, The Lost Thing, was up against Night & Day, a film cre­ated by the gi­ant of the an­i­ma­tion i ndus­try, Pixar, whose cred­its in­clude bil­lion­dol­lar box of­fice films like this year’s best an­i­mated fea­ture win­ner, Toy Story 3.

‘‘ Our film is about a crea­ture that no­body pays any at­ten­tion t o, so t his i s won­der­fully ironic,’’ Tan, 37, said.

N e x t u p w a s m a k e - u p supremo Dave Elsey, a Brit who moved to Syd­ney 12 years ago to work on the TV sci-fi se­ries Farscape and de­cided to call the Har­bour City home.

Elsey joined forces on the hor­ror film The Wolf­man with one of the most pro­lific Os­car win­ners in his­tory, Amer­i­can Rick Baker, a win­ner of six make-up Academy Awards be­fore the cer­e­mony be­gan, and it proved to be fruit­ful for both.

They beat the make-up teams for Bar­ney’s Vi­sion and The Way Back.

‘‘ I never thought that we would ever work to­gether be­cause, you know, I was liv­ing in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia and Rick was liv­ing here,’’ Elsey said.

Aus­tralian vis­ual ef­fects nom­i­nees Joe Far­rell ( Here

af­ter) and Ben Snow ( Iron Man 2) did not share in the gold rush, how­ever Kirk Bax­ter, the Syd­ney edi­tor on the Face­book film, The So­cial Net­work, claimed the Os­car.

Bax­ter was back­stage talk­ing to re­porters when the win­ner of the di­rec­tor’s cat­e­gory was an­nounced.

Bax­ter had his fin­gers crossed for The So­cial Net

work’s David Fincher. ‘‘ Booooo,’’ Bax­ter play­fully blurted when it was an­nounced

The King’s Speech’s di­rec­tor Tom Hooper, a 38-year-old dual Aus­tralian and Bri­tish cit­i­zen, was the win­ner.

Hooper made spe­cial men­tion in his ac­cep­tance speech of his Ade­laide - born mother, Mered­ith, who sat proudly in the Ko­dak Theatre crowd and was re­spon­si­ble for first alert­ing her son to the po­ten­tial of The King’s Speech.

Hooper’s win set the tone for the re­main­der of the cer­e­mony, with The King’s Speech, star­ring Bri­tish ac­tor Colin Firth as the stut­ter­ing King Ge­orge VI and Ge­of­frey Rush as Aus­tralian speech ther­a­pist Lionel Logue, dom­i­nat­ing the ma­jor awards.

Firth fol­lowed Hooper’s win with the best ac­tor Os­car then the Syd­ney pro­ducer of the his­tor­i­cal drama, Emile Sher­man, was pre­sented with an Os­car when The King’s Speech was named win­ner of the top award of the night, best pic­ture.

Rush missed out on t he sec­ond Os­car of his ca­reer when The Fighter’s Chris­tian Bale col­lected the sup­port­ing ac­tor Os­car.

Ni­cole Kid­man, nom­i­nated for her lead­ing per­for­mance in Rab­bit Hole, j oined f el­low ac­tors Weaver and Rush witho u t Os­cars when Natalie Port­man, for Black Swan, was named win­ner of the best ac­tress tro­phy.

GOLD STATUE: Best Ac­tor win­ner Colin Firth with wife Livia Gi­ug­gi­oli at the Ko­dak Theatre

Natalie Port­man with her Best Ac­tress Os­car for Black Swan

Shaun Tan with his award in the

short an­i­mated film cat­e­gory

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