The Oscars: in pictures

The King's Speech picks up four gongs, including best actor, best film, and best director.

Above are Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, the two stars of The King's Speech. Director Tom Hooper spoke of a "triangle of man-love" between him and the two leads.

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Colin Firth holds his Best Actor award.

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In one of the night's few surprises, Tom Hooper (above) beat The Social Network's David Fincher in the Best Director category.

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David Seidler (above, with guest) won the fourth award for The King's Speech, in the Best Original Screenplay category. He dedicated his win to "all the stutterers throughout the world, we have a voice, we have been been heard, thanks to you the Academy".

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Natalie Portman is pictured above with the Best Actress award she won for Black Swan. "This is insane," she said.

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Aaron Sorkin won in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for The Social Network. The film, which had eight nominations, also won Best Original Score, and Best Editing.

List of the winners

Best Motion Picture of the Year: The King's Speech
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth - The King's Speech
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christian Bale - The Fighter
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Achievement in Directing: Tom Hooper - The King's Speech
Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network
Original Screenplay: David Seidler - The King's Speech
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: In a Better World (Denmark)
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Toy Story 3
Best Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Best Documentary Short Subject: Strangers No More
Best Short Film (Animated): The Lost Thing
Best Short Film (Live Action): God of Love
Achievement in Art Direction: Robert Stromberg and Karen O'Hara - Alice in Wonderland
Achievement in Cinematography: Wally Pfister - Inception
Achievement in Costume Design: Colleen Atwood - Alice in Wonderland
Achievement in Makeup: Rick Baker and Dave Elsey - The Wolfman
Achievement in Film Editing: Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter - The Social Network
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score): Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - The Social Network
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song): We Belong Together - Music and Lyric by Randy Newman - Toy Story 3
Achievement in Sound Editing: Richard King - Inception
Achievement in Sound Mixing: Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick - Inception
Achievement in Visual Effects: Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb - Inception

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Recess confidential: Labour's liquid party

Sniffing out the best stories from Westminster, including Showsec, soames, and Smith-side splits.

If you are celebrating in a brewery, don’t ask Labour to provide the drinks. Because of the party’s continuing failure to secure a security contractor for its Liverpool conference, it is still uncertain whether the gathering will take place at all. Since boycotting G4S, the usual supplier, over its links with Israeli prisons, Labour has struggled to find an alternative. Of the five firms approached, only one – Showsec – offered its services. But the company’s non-union-recognition policy is inhibiting an agreement. The GMB, the firm’s antagonist, has threatened to picket the conference if Showsec is awarded the contract. In lieu of a breakthrough, sources suggest two alternatives: the police (at a cost of £59.65 per constable per hour), or the suspension of the G4S boycott. “We’ll soon find out which the Corbynites dislike the least,” an MP jested. Another feared that the Tories’ attack lines will write themselves: “How can Labour be trusted with national security if it can’t organise its own?”

Farewell, then, to Respect. The left-wing party founded in 2004 and joined by George Galloway after his expulsion from Labour has officially deregistered itself.

“We support Corbyn’s Labour Party,” the former MP explained, urging his 522,000 Facebook followers to sign up. “The Labour Party does not belong to one man,” replied Jess Phillips MP, who also pointed out in the same tweet that Respect had “massively failed”. Galloway, who won 1.4 per cent of the vote in this year’s London mayoral election, insists that he is not seeking to return to Labour. But he would surely be welcomed by Jeremy Corbyn’s director of communications, Seumas Milne, whom he once described as his “closest friend”. “We have spoken almost daily for 30 years,” Galloway boasted.

After Young Labour’s national committee voted to endorse Corbyn, its members were aggrieved to learn that they would not be permitted to promote his candidacy unless Owen Smith was given equal treatment. The leader’s supporters curse more “dirty tricks” from the Smith-sympathetic party machine.

Word reaches your mole of a Smith-side split between the ex-shadow cabinet ministers Lisa Nandy and Lucy Powell. The former is said to be encouraging the challenger’s left-wing platform, while the latter believes that he should make a more centrist pitch. If, as expected, Smith is beaten by Corbyn, it’s not only the divisions between the leader and his opponents that will be worth watching.

Nicholas Soames, the Tory grandee, has been slimming down – so much so, that he was congratulated by Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, on his weight loss. “Soon I’ll be able to give you my old suits!” Soames told the similarly rotund Watson. 

Kevin Maguire is away

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This article first appeared in the 25 August 2016 issue of the New Statesman, Cameron: the legacy of a loser