Oscar organizers tried something unprecedented in the awards' 83-year history on Sunday.
Sandra Bullock was an Academy Award winner even without a trophy in hand, returning with humor and verve to the stage where she trumped as best actress last year.
"The King's Speech" was coronated the big winner with four Oscars on Sunday.
The 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Tom Hooper on Sunday, won the Academy Award for directing "The King's Speech," and he said it might not have happened without a little help from his mom.
"The King's Speech" won the top Academy Award, for best picture, giving the British royals drama a total of four Oscars at Sunday's ceremony.
British actor Colin Firth won the Academy Award on Sunday for his lead role as stammering wartime monarch King George VI in "The King's Speech."
Natalie Portman won the best actress Academy Award on Sunday for her role as an unhinged ballerina in "Black Swan."
Welsh-born actor Christian Bale won the Academy Award on Sunday for his supporting role as a washed-up former boxing champ in "The Fighter."
Shaun Tan (L) and Andrew Ruhemann accept the Oscar for best animated short film for "The Lost Thing" during the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011.
Director Susanne Bier (L) accepts the Oscar for best foreign film for the Danish film "In A Better World" during the 83rd Academy Awards
Melissa Leo won the Academy Award on Sunday for her supporting role in "The Fighter," a movie that propelled the 50-year-old actress into the mainstream for the first time in her career.