Oscar Highlights 2011

The 83rd Academy Awards are over, and here are the most memorable moments from the big night

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Melissa Leo cemented her name in Academy Awards history, but not merely because the 50-year-old made the list of 2011 Oscar winners. After winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fighter, her colorful acceptance speech certainly took the audience by surprise. Click to see other great Oscars moments.
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A stunned Melissa Leo dropped an "F-bomb" on stage as she accepted her award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Fighter."
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Kirk Douglas, 94, made a rare appearance at the Oscars. While presenting best supporting actress he had the audience laughing. When he opened the winning envelope he kept delaying announcing the winner, causing the audience to crack up. "She's gorgeous!" Douglas gushed, about Anne Hathaway.
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It was no surprise Natalie Portman walked away with the Best Actress Oscar for her role in "Black Swan." Here, "True Grit's" Jeff Bridges passes along the statue
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Both hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco had a number of costume changes throughout the night, but this one may have been the most interesting.
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Celine Dion belts out Nat King Cole's "Smile" during the "In Memoriam" montage at the Academy Awards.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"I have a feeling my career just peaked," said Colin Firth when accepting the Oscar for for best performance by an actor in a leading role for "The King's Speech." Here, he accepts the trophy from oh-so-elegant Sandra Bullock.
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Jennifer Hudson looked as good as ever presenting the award for best original song. The Weight Watchers spokeswoman told E! News, "When I first tried on the dress it was like, two, three nights ago, and I'm like, 'OK, I don't want to sleep. I don't want to take it off!"
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James Franco and Anne Hathaway joined "The King's Speech" cast and crew as well as other winners in a victory salute.
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Actors Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore performed "I See the Light" from the motion picture "Tangled."
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During her awards speech, the pregnant Natalie Portman thanked her dancer fiancee Benjamin Millipied, who has giver her "the most important role of my life."
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Natalie Portman accepts the Oscar for best performance by an actress in a leading role for "Black Swan" at the 83rd Academy Awards.
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Actor James Franco and actress Anne Hathaway introduce veteran actor Kirk Douglas, who was definitely a show stealer.
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Sandra Bullock was a class-act on stage, wearing a strapless red dress.
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Melissa Leo needed a pinch to convince herself she wasn’t dreaming after winning Best Supporting Actress, and presenter Kirk Douglas was more than happy to oblige.
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Hosts James Franco and Anna Hathaway kept things loose on the show, calling out to their mothers who were in the audience. Hathaway's mom told her, "Stand up straight—Mr. Steven Spielberg is here!"
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Mila Kunis had a laugh as Justin Timberlake announced to the audience that he is the real Banksy.
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Odd couple Russell Brand and Helen Mirren were a multi-lingual comedy duo as they presented Best Foreign Language Film.
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Cate Blanchett was obviously not the right presenter for the Best Makeup award. She called the nominees “gross.”
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The normally stoic Christian Bale got a little weepy when he thanked his wife, Sibi, and their daughter after accepting his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
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James Franco did not disappoint those who saw him walking around the Sundance Film Festival in a Farrah Fawcett wig. He wasted no time in donning full drag.
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Oprah Winfrey was on hand to present the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. Host Anne Hathaway claimed she was excited “just to breath the same air” as the mogul.
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Anne Hathaway performed a solo number—which consisted of a musical assault on 2009 host Hugh Jackman, whom Hathaway claims bailed on their planned duet.
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Gwyneth Paltrow flexed her musical chops by singing “Coming Home,” from her movie “Country Strong,” which was nominated for Best Original Song.
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Beating out big names like David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky, and David O. Russell, “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper scored the upset and took home the Oscar for Best Director.
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Beloved 8-time Oscar host and comedian Billy Crystal appeared to present a tribute to late comedian Bob Hope.
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An overwhelmed Natalie Portman accepted her first ever Oscar—she won the Best Actress award for her provocative performance in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan."
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Like Natalie Portman, Colin Firth also took home his first Oscar statuette, winning the Best Actor award for his performance in "The King's Speech."
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Best Short Film winner (“God is Love”) Luke Matheny sheepishly admitted, “I wish I’d gotten a hair cut.”
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Staten Island’s PS 22 chorus – hand-picked by Anne Hathaway - came out to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to close out the show.
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