<p>Aaron Sorkin at the Golden Globes last month.</p>

Aaron Sorkin at the Golden Globes last month.

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Oscar Watch: Aaron Sorkin wins the USC Scripter Award

Plus: Did Melissa Leo jump the Oscar shark with her own ads?

Many see the USC Scripter Award as a strong indicator of who will win the Oscar for best adapted screenplay.  Those pundits might want to do a little research.  The two honors have only lined up six times in 23 years meaning the odds of winning both ain't that good.  However, two of the last three Scripters did win Oscar, "No Country for Old Men" and "Slumdog Millionaire."  Unfortunately, last year's winner, "Up in the Air," did not. 

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<p>In this May 8, 1945 photo, Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), the Queen Mum, King George VI and Princess Margaret stand on a balcony celebrating Germany's unconditional surrender ending World War II in Europe.&nbsp; KIng George VI's ascension to the throne is one of the key plot points of &quot;The King's Speech.&quot;</p>

In this May 8, 1945 photo, Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), the Queen Mum, King George VI and Princess Margaret stand on a balcony celebrating Germany's unconditional surrender ending World War II in Europe.  KIng George VI's ascension to the throne is one of the key plot points of "The King's Speech."

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Queen Elizabeth II gives her blessing to 'The King's Speech'

Her majesty calls it 'moving' and 'enjoyable'

Queen Elizabeth II has been a fan of motion pictures for quite some time and that hasn't stopped as she's crept into her mid-80's.  Her Majesty, as the Brits like to call her (well, some of them), still entertains about one to two movie premieres a year mostly for charity.  With a film about her father's ascension to the throne nominated for 12 Academy Awards and a box office hit both in the U.K. and in the U.S., many were starting to wonder what the Queen thought about Tom Hooper's historical drama "The King's Speech."  Well, now we know.

A spokesperson for the Queen spoke to London's The Sun newspaper today the monarch found it both "moving" and enjoyable." No doubt sweet relief for Hooper, Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush and Harvey Weinstein.

According to The Sun, a source noted, ""The Queen loves a good film. 'The King's Speech' is close to the bone as it is a portrayal of her family in the '1930s. But she found it moving and enjoyable. She was clearly amused by some of the lighter moments."

It also appears the Queen was particularly impressed with Firth who plays her father.

She also appears in the film as a young girl and in one particular scene both she and her sister are sad their lives will forever change with their father's abrupt coronation as King.

The Queen previously invited Dame Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for portraying her in the appropriately titled "The Queen," to lunch at Buckingham Palace following her awards season run.  It's unclear if Firth, who has been cattily critical of the Royals, will be extended the same invitation.

<p>Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine.</p>

Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine.

Florence + The Machine, Gwyneth Paltrow, 'Chuck' and Mandy Moore to sing for Oscar

Plus: Randy Newman will put viewers to sleep

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the performers of the best original song Oscar nominees this year and, happily, most of the original artists will appear live at the Kodak Theater.  The only surprise is the inclusion of hipster favorite Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine.

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<p>A mind-bending image from &quot;Inception.&quot;</p>

A mind-bending image from "Inception."

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'Inception' and 'How To Train Your Dragon' big winners at 9th Annual VES Awards

'Boardwalk Empire' and 'The Pacific' take home TV trophies

The 9th Annual VES Awards were held tonight in Los Angeles to celebrate the best visual effects in the entertainment industry and Christopher Nolan, who was on hand to receive the inaugural VES Visionary Award, must have been thrilled with how his blockbuster fared throughout the night. 

"Inception" took home four awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Motion Picture, the night's biggest prize, thereby dominating the show.  The film is also a clear frontrunner to win the visual effects Oscar later this month.

Other big winners included "The Pacific" and "How To Train Your Dragon" which both received three statues.  "Halo: Reach" and "Boardwalk Empire" each won two awards.  Pixar's Oscar nominated short "Day & Night" won the same honor here.

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<p>A&nbsp;mural celebrating Banksy's Academy Award achievement in Los Angeles.</p>

A mural celebrating Banksy's Academy Award achievement in Los Angeles.

Oscar Watch: Banksy gets a campaign and James Franco gets ready to party

Plus: Annette Bening gets her due

One of the more intriguing stories left on Oscar night (don't laugh, there are many still) is just which of the five nominees will win the very competitive best documentary.  While "Gasland," "Inside Job," "Restrepo" and "Waste Land" are all critically acclaimed works, "Exit Through The Gift Shop" landed on many top ten lists as well and was barely second to "Inside Job" at the box office with an impressive $3.2 million through unconventional distribution. 

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<p>Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Sunday evening.</p>

Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Sunday evening.

Credit: AP Photo/Phil Klein

Christopher Nolan talks 'Dark Knight Rises' and says Henry Cavill is going to be 'amazing' as 'Superman' in Santa Barbara

'Inception' filmmaker honored by Leonardo DiCaprio at Santa Barbara Film Fest

While most of Hollywood was enjoying the 2011 SAG Awards Sunday evening, Christopher Nolan was being lauded at this year's Santa Barbara Film Festival where he was honored with the festival's Modern Master Award.  

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<p>Robert Downey, Jr at the 2010 Academy Awards.</p>

Robert Downey, Jr at the 2010 Academy Awards.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Oscar Watch: Iron Man joining Wolverine on the Academy Awards

Plus: A rundown of special pre-Oscar events in Los Angeles

After almost all of "The Avengers" were on stage to present at this year's Golden Globes (out of costume of course), is it any surprise the Academy is bringing in some of the biggest superhero guns it can find to appear at this year's Oscar show?  Hugh Jackman is already in the mix, but now AMPAS has revealed Robert Downey, Jr. will return to present at the Kodak Theater as well.

A two-time nominee for "Chaplin" and "Tropic Thunder," Downey, Jr. is best known to moviegoers for his roles as Tony Stark, aka "Iron Man" and as the super sleuth Sherlock Holmes (with a sequel conveniently on the way).  Will this entice more young men to tune in this year?  Probably not, considering he also presented last year (with Tina Fey), but considering Jackman's hosting stint actually improved those TV demo rating numbers, it can't hurt to try.

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<p>Tyler Perry is Madea who is the Real Black Swan.</p>

Tyler Perry is Madea who is the Real Black Swan.

Credit: Lionsgate

Exclusive: Tyler Perry's Madea is the real 'Black Swan'

Move over Jim Carrey, Madea's ready to show her stuff

No one does movie posters better than Lionsgate and after first giving us a "Godmother" version of their new upcoming Tyler Perry comedy "Madea's Big Family," they've taken the no nonsense talking grandmother to the dance floor.  No, not the club dance floor, Lincoln Center's ballet stage!  Debuting exclusively on HitFix, check out Tyler Perry as Madea who we all know is "The Real Black Swan."

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<p>Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg at the LA&nbsp;premiere of &quot;The Fighter.&quot;</p>

Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg at the LA premiere of "The Fighter."

Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

SAG Awards Predictions: 'The Fighter' will come out swinging

Plus: Feinberg says 'Modern Family' and 'Mad Men' on the TV side

After a momentous and very long Saturday night at the Director's Guild Awards, Hollywood will focus its attention to the 17th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards Sunday evening.  Unlike the Golden Globes, this union of TV and movie honors actually means something because of the large crossover between both the Television and Motion Picture Academies.  So, in may ways you're looking at a sneak preview for best actor at the Oscar just as much as best actress in a drama series at the Emmys.  

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<p>Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Hooper backstage at the 2011 DGA&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Hooper backstage at the 2011 DGA Awards.

Credit: AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

Shocker: 'King's Speech's' Tom Hooper upsets David Fincher for 2011 DGA Award

'King's Speech' now officially the Oscar frontrunner

In a surprise, Tom Hooper has won the 2011 DGA Award for feature film directing for "The King's Speech." Hooper upset expected winner David Fincher ("The Social Network") and Christopher Nolan ("Inception) who were the expected frontrunners for the prize. 

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