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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 02/28/2011

THE 2011 OSCARS: 10 Geeky Facts About the Academy Award winners & losers

By Michael Cavna

unkrich.jpg "Toy Story 3" director Lee Unkrich hoists the Oscar for Best Animated Feature (Reuter)


In an Oscars broadcast co-hosted by Spider-Man's best friend (the heavy-lidded James Franco) and the newly cast Catwoman character (the high-energy Anne Hathaway,), it's only fitting that many of Sunday night's winners would be chock full of fanboy-film connections. To wit:

1. Since the Best Animated Feature Film category was begun in 2001, PIXAR -- whose "Toy Story 3" won Sunday night -- has dominated, now winning the award six out of 10 years. Pixar is also on a winning streak, having nabbed the Feature Film honor for the fourth straight year (following "Up," "Wall*E" and "Ratatouille").

2. By winning for the "Toy Story 3" tune "We Belong Together," RANDY NEWMAN picks up his second Original Song trophy in a whopping 20 nominations. (HIs first win -- 2002 -- was also for a Pixar feature film: The song "If I Didn't Have You" from "Monsters Inc.")

3. With "DAY & NIGHT" losing to Australia's "The Lost Thing," Oscar-nominated Pixar shorts are now in an 0-for-6 skid. The most recent Pixar short to win the Oscar was 2001's "For the Birds." (Pixar has also won for "Geri's Game" [1997] and "Tin Toy" [1988].)

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4. CHRISTIAN BALE [right] becomes the fourth actor from "The Dark Knight" to have won the Best Supporting Actor statuette; the others are Heath Ledger ("Dark Knight"), Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby") and Michael Caine ("Hannah and Her Sisters" and "The Cider House Rules").

5. Two Batmen (BALE and Clooney) and two Jokers (Ledger and Jack Nicholson ["Terms of Endearment"]) have now won the Best Supporting Actor award in their careers. (Other Best Supporting Actor winners to appear in the big-screen Batman franchise include Christopher Walken and Tommy Lee Jones.)

6. To win his award, BALE (next donning the cowl in 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises") had to beat both the Incredible Hulk ("The Kids Are All Right's" Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye ("The Town's" Jeremy Renner.).

7. HELENA BONHAM CARTER didn't win for Supporting Actress for "The King's Speech" (winner of four awards, including Best Picture), but her CGI'd image was part of "Alice of Wonderland's" Oscar-winning portfolio for Art Direction and Costume Design. (Carter's work also appeared in a third nominee: the Animated Short "The Gruffalo.")

8. The Iron Man franchise is now 0-for-3 at the Oscars, with "IRON MAN 2" losing in the Visual Effects category last night. (The first "Iron Man" lost for Visual Effects and Sound Editing.)

9. Hathaway shared the stage with another Catwoman actress: presenter and former Best Actress winner HALLE BERRY.

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10. Best Actress winner NATALIE PORTMAN [left] will star in May's "Thor."


By Michael Cavna  | February 28, 2011; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Geek Buzz, General  | Tags:  Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Halle Berry, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Portman, Pixar, Toy Story 3  
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Comments

pcow

Can you believe that Wikileaks has published a video showing the winners before they actually were announced on the show? I know, and he somehow is alleging in the video that the entire process is rigged:

http://fms.nu/eiZw0G

I wouldn't be surprised if Obama decided to show up, given he is such a big celebrity now

Posted by: webcontent2011 | February 28, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

pcow

Can you believe that Wikileaks has published a video showing the winners before they actually were announced on the show? I know, and he somehow is alleging in the video that the entire process is rigged:

http://fms.nu/eiZw0G

I wouldn't be surprised if Obama decided to show up, given he is such a big celebrity now

Posted by: webcontent2011 | February 28, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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