Stone Ridge resident Melissa Leo has won Best Supporting Actress for "The Fighter." Mark Ruffalo of Callicoon fell short in his bid for Best Supporting Actor, as did the locally shot "Gasland" and Best Actress nominee Michelle Williams of Sullivan County.

Melissa Leo has won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award. The Stone Ridge resident won for her role in "The Fighter."

The 50-year-old actress dropped an expletive in her Oscar acceptance speech, rankling some feathers but ultimately showing that even the best actors get overwhelmed.

The Hudson Valley's other nominees didn't fare so well.

Mark Ruffalo of Callicoon ("The Kids Are All Right") fell short in the Best Supporting Actor category, losing to Christian Bale. Sullivan County's Michelle Williams ("Blue Valentine") lost the Best Actress Oscar to Natalie Portman ("Black Swan"), who did spend time at Stage Door Manor in Loch Sheldrake. And Milanville, Pa., resident Josh Fox's film "Gasland" lost its bid for Best Documentary Feature.

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Oscar winners will take home a nice, heavy statuette, but what will we, the viewers, take home from this year's Oscarcast? Herewith, some moments to remember, marvel at, cry at, frown at or simply scratch our heads at:


OK, let's get right to it. Was Melissa Leo channeling her role in "The Fighter" when she unleashed the F-word in her acceptance speech as best supporting actress? Suitable, though, when you consider her salty turn as Mark Wahlberg's relentless mom. Maybe she was frazzled not only by her Oscar win, but also by flirting with presenter Kirk Douglas ("What are you doing later?" she asked him.) Leo's language malfunction quickly become a running theme. "I'm not gonna drop the F-Bomb like she did, but I've done it plenty," quipped fellow "Fighter" winner and best supporting actor Christian Bale. Original screenplay winner David Seidler ("The King's Speech") thanked the Queen of England "for not putting me in the Tower of London for using the Melissa Leo F-word."


Yes, his lengthy presentation — and teasing before announcing the winner — may have threatened to overshadow the actual award, but so what? Douglas, 94, was still charming, showing he retains an eye for the ladies, a taste for showmanship, and was even game to joke about his cane.


Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway got right to the point in their opening moments, cleverly mocking the talk about how their purpose was to lure a younger audience. He told her she looked "so beautiful and so hip." She replied: "You look very appealing to a younger demographic as well." Their taped montage may have borrowed from Billy Crystal, with the actors inserting themselves into nominated films. But it was fun. A highlight: the actors invading a "Black Swan" rehearsal studio, she as a tap-dancing Brown Duck, he in an all-body white leotard that made him look more uncomfortable than when he cut off his arm in "127 Hours."


The new hosts were appealing, but was the audience yearning for a comedian's touch — and some better jokes — when it gave Crystal a standing ovation before he even said a word? Yes or no, he had the grateful crowd laughing right away. "So, where was I?" he quipped, then advised the crowd that since things were running late, he was going to go straight to the Best Picture award. Even funnier was a clip of Bob Hope's classic Oscar joke that the awards were known in his home as "Passover." Ba dum bum.


Hailee Steinfeld may have lost her first Oscar race, but the precocious 14-year-old from "True Grit" was victorious on the red carpet in a shimmery, blush-colored gown with a tiara-like headband. Totally age-appropriate, pronounced fashion guru Tim Gunn. And gorgeous. Here's hoping she's back again soon.


We already knew Hathaway could sing from a previous Oscar cameo. But she really let her pipes rip in a "Les Miz"-inspired number. Sure, it was puzzling to many why she was singing about being stood up by Hugh Jackman. Still, the girl can belt.

Hudson Valley residents Melissa Leo and Mark Ruffalo have arrived at the 2011 Academy Awards. Both are nominees at the awards, Leo a favorite for Best Supporting Actress and Ruffalo is up for Best Supporting Actor.

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The Academy Awards begin with a rundown of the Best Picture nominees in a tidy montage. Then we get the traditional spoof of the Best Picture nominees, with Anne Hathaway and James Franco putting themselves through all the films in pretty funny skits. They end the spoof with "Back to the Future," using the Delorean to get back to the Kodak Theater.

Hathaway and Franco keep it loose for the opening montage, with both acknowledging those who helped raise them. Hathaway's mother stand up, and Franco's grandmother receives an ovation, before making fun of Mark Wahlberg, calling him "Marky Mark."

They throw the first awards to presenter Tom Hanks, who is giving out Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.

"Alice in Wonderland" wins Best Art Direction. "Inception" wins Best Cinematography, somewhat of an upset with "True Grit" coming in as the favorite.

Kirk Douglas receives a loud ovation as he's introduced; he flatters Anne Hathaway then introduces the nominees for Best Supporting Actress.

After a rousing introduction, Douglas reveals the winner: Stone Ridge's Melissa Leo. She flirts with Douglas before making a "speechless" acceptance speech. After she catches her breath, she drops an "F" bomb and shouts out to friends, family and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis present Best Animated Short, and "The Lost Things" win. As predicted, "Toy Story 3" follows that with a win in Best Animated Feature.

Aaron Sorkin gets the first award after the break, taking Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Social Network." That was expected.

Also expected: "The King's Speech" to win Best Original Screenplay. This also happens.

Anne Hathaway performs a song about being shafted by Hugh Jackman, who wouldn't sing with her. After this nice but needless performance, James Franco shows up in drag. He makes a Charlie Sheen joke, then turns it over to Russell Brand and Helen Mirren, who given Best Foreign Language Film to "In a Better World" (Denmark).

Reese Witherspoon comes next, to present Best Supporting Actor. As expected, Christian Bale ("The Fighter") wins, taking out Mark Ruffalo of Callicoon.

Producer Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails fame) and Atticus Ross win an Oscar for Best Original Score. They wrote the score of "The Social Network."

Then Matthew McConaughey and Scarlett Johansson introduce the nominees for Best Sound Mixing. Evidently the technical awards are being fired off before any musical productions. "Inception" wins Best Sound Mixing, as expected.

Finally, the nominees for Best Sound Editing - otherwise known as "Tron: Legacy" was nominated for something - are presented. And "Inception" wins again.

More technical awards.

Marissa Tomei is out to acknowledge the extremely technical award winners announced at an earlier ceremony.

Then Cate Blanchett appears to give out the award for Best Makeup, which is won by "The Wolfman." Next, "Alice in Wonderland" wins the award for Best Costume Design. Another expected win.

Awards are just rushing by here.

We get a montage of regular people (!) sharing their favorite movie songs, followed by a quick song by Kevin Spacey, who introduces the first song performance of the night, Randy Newman's "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3."

Just as quickly as that performance ends, Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi are out for "I See the Light" from "Tangled." These songs are nominated for Best Original Song, by the way.

Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are out to present Best Documentary Short and Best Live Action Short.

First, Best Documentary Short goes to "Strangers No More," about students who attempt to assimilate into new cultures. Best Live Action Short goes to "God of Love." Filmmaker Luke Matheny, who was a winner at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival, gave the speech of the night.

Franco and Hathaway throw it to an Auto-Tune montage. Pretty sad. It features "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," "Toy Story 3," "The Social Network" and "Twilight: Eclipse."

We move on with Oprah, who gives out the award for Best Documentary Feature. "Inside Job" wins a stacked category.

Billy Crystal makes his return to the Oscar stage and delivers a funny routine, before handing it to a virtual Bob Hope, who tells a few jokes and introduces Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.


They are out to introduce Best Visual Effects and Best Editing. Visual Effects goes to "Inception." It's the fourth award of the evening for Christopher Nolan's film.

And the Oscar for Best Editing goes to "The Social Network."

Jennifer Hudson introduces "If I Rise" from "127 Hours," which is performed by Florence Welch (Florence + the Machine) and A. R. Rahman. Dido originally sang the song.

Gwyneth Paltrow is then introduced as "country music's newest star." She performs "Coming Home" from "Country Strong."

Hudson then recaps the nominees for Best Original Song, before giving the Oscar to Randy Newman for "We Belong Together" ("Toy Story 3"). It's his second statuette.

Celine Dion performs "Smile" for the montage honoring those who the film industry lost in 2010. Among the names are Leslie Nielsen, Lynn Redgrave and Dennis Hopper. Closing was Lena Horne, who is acknowledged by Hallie Berry.

Hathaway introduces Hilary Swank, who introduces 2010 Best Director winner Kathryn Bigelow. She gives Best Director this year to Tom Hooper of "The King's Speech."

Annette Bening comes out to introduce Eli Wallach, Kevin Bronlow and Francis Ford Coppola, who were given honorary Oscars in a previous ceremony.

After the break, Jeff Bridges (a nominee for Best Actor) comes out to present Best Actress. He runs down the kudos of each nominee, before giving the award to Natalie Portman ("Black Swan").

Sandra Bullock enters next to hand out Best Actor. After running down the performances of the five nominees, she rewards Colin Firth, as expected, for his performance in "The King's Speech."

Steven Spielberg comes out to present Best Picture. He hands it off to a montage, narrated by Colin Firth's speech in "The King's Speech," showing all the nominees. If that doesn't tell you anything, what will?

As expected as we got closer to the event, it is "The King's Speech" that wins Best Picture.

The show finishes off with PS 22's lauded student chorus singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with the Oscar winners joining them.

Fittingly, Melissa Leo stuck out most, wearing her white gown and giving a hearty fist pump.