'Late bloomer' takes the Oscar
February 28th, 2011
12:31 AM ET

'Late bloomer' takes the Oscar

James Franco and Anne Hathaway may have been on hand to produce a younger and more hip Oscars, as the two hosts joked, but some of the most triumphant talent taking the awards - and the spotlight - were seasoned.

"The King's Speech" screenwriter David Seidler won an Oscar for best original screenplay, and, at 73, joked, "My father always said to me I’d be a late bloomer."

Meanwhile, 94-year-old legend Kirk Douglas produced one of the most talked-about moments of the night when he presented the best supporting actress award. Douglas made a few wisecracks before getting down to opening the envelope, and even after he opened it, he still took his own sweet time reading the results. After announcing that the award was going to Melissa Leo for her work in "The Fighter," Douglas still kept the spotlight, engaging in a little repartee with the stunned Oscar winner.

And then there's 67-year-old Randy Newman, who not only performed his original song from "Toy Story 3," "We Belong Together," but also took home the Oscar for it. The win comes after a virtual lifetime of nominations - Newman's been up for 20 - although it's just his second win.

Newman pointed this out in his acceptance speech, teasing, "I don't have a great percentage."

Filed under: Awards Season • Oscars 2011

soundoff (5 Responses)

    I thought some of the non-actors had great acceptance speeches.

    February 28, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. alexis

    I'm happy for him. There's hope for me yet!

    February 28, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Patrick Saunders

    Worst Oscar show ever...except for one shining moment with Billy Crystal...Bring Him Back!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Patrick Saunders

    Worst Oscar show ever...except for one shing moment with Billy Crystal...Bring Him Back!!!

    February 28, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. eakkawa

    Free waysidegarden

    February 28, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |

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