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"Inside Job" takes the Oscar for best documentary

posted 28 Feb 2011, 07:01 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 28 Feb 2011, 07:04 ]
"Inside Job" wins best documentary feature at the Oscars, while best visual effects goes to "Inception" and best film editing goes to "The Social Network". Randy Newman wins best original song for music from "Toy Story 3".

"Inside Job," a film blaming financial institutions for triggering the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, won the Academy Award for best documentary on Sunday (February 27).

Director Charles Ferguson started off his acceptance speech lamenting that "not a single financial executive has gone to jail and that is wrong," drawing applause from the Hollywood celebrity audience.

"Thank you, but this is, this is also, this is about the movies in fact that's what this is, so thank you all for this profound honor, you've made us very very happy. Thank you all, let the record show, I'm not wearing jeans," he added.

"Inside Job," the second Oscar-nominated documentary by Ferguson and his co-producer Audrey Marrs, was considered the front-runner for the Oscar after it won the Directors Guild of

America award for best documentary.

The film had impressed critics and the industry alike with its expansive cinematography, global reach, fast-paced narrative and pointed interviews.

Also a winner on the night was "Inception" for best visual effects.

The award was received by Paul Franklin, Chris Corbound, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb.

"It feels like that top is still spinning, but I don't really care anymore. Thank you very much Chris, Emma, Warner Bros. Thank you to my producers, Mark Plummer and Mike Chambers," Franklin said.

"I just want to share this with my amazing special effects teams in Los Angeles, Canada, France, Morocco and my great crew in the U.K. And also to the families for their great support, especially to my wife Lynn and the kids, thank you," Corbound added.

The Oscar for best editing went to Angus Wall for "The Social Network".

The Facebook film claimed three awards on the night, including film editing, original score and adapted screenplay for its writer Aaron Sorkin. But left off the list of winners was the movie's

director, David Fincher.

Snatching the best original song prize was Randy Newman for a piece of music from "Towy Story 3".

"I'm very grateful for this and surprised. My percentages aren't great, I've been nominated 20 times this is the second time I've won. At the Academy, at the lunch they have for the nominees, where they have like a Randy Newman chicken by this time," Newman joked after receiving his prize.

The song for which he won the award was "We Belong Together".

Earlier in the night "Toy Story 3" won the Oscar for best animated feature.