Top news for year 2011

Date Headline
January 8, 2011 Arizona shooting leaves six dead and 14 injured, including US Representative Gabrielle Giffords
February 11, 2011 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigns after 18 days of protests
March 11, 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, causing widespread damage and a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant
May 1, 2011 Osama bin Laden, leader of Al-Qaeda, is killed by US forces in Pakistan
July 7, 2011 News Corporation's News of the World tabloid is shut down amid a phone hacking scandal
August 5, 2011 Standard & Poor's downgrades the US credit rating from AAA to AA+
October 20, 2011 Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is captured and killed by rebel forces
November 26, 2011 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies, and is succeeded by his son Kim Jong-un
December 15, 2011 US troops officially withdraw from Iraq, ending the Iraq War

Movies of the year

Movie Title Director Genre IMDb Rating
The Artist Michel Hazanavicius Comedy, Drama, Romance 7.9
The Descendants Alexander Payne Comedy, Drama 7.3
Hugo Martin Scorsese Adventure, Drama, Family 7.5
Moneyball Bennett Miller Biography, Drama, Sport 7.6
Midnight in Paris Woody Allen Comedy, Fantasy, Romance 7.7
The Help Tate Taylor Drama 8.0
Drive Nicolas Winding Refn Action, Crime, Drama 7.8
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo David Fincher Crime, Drama, Mystery 7.8
War Horse Steven Spielberg Drama, War 7.2
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 David Yates Adventure, Drama, Fantasy 8.1

Oscar award winner of year

Category Winner Description
Best Picture The King's Speech A historical drama film about King George VI's struggle to overcome his stuttering with the help of a speech therapist.
Best Director Tom Hooper For his direction of The King's Speech.
Best Actor Colin Firth For his portrayal of King George VI in The King's Speech.
Best Actress Natalie Portman For her portrayal of a ballerina in Black Swan.
Best Supporting Actor Christian Bale For his portrayal of Dicky Eklund in The Fighter.
Best Supporting Actress Melissa Leo For her portrayal of Alice Ward in The Fighter.
Best Original Screenplay David Seidler For his screenplay of The King's Speech.
Best Adapted Screenplay Aaron Sorkin For his screenplay of The Social Network.
Best Animated Feature Film Toy Story 3 A computer-animated film about the toys' adventure in a daycare center.
Best Foreign Language Film In a Better World (Denmark) A drama film about two families in Denmark and their conflicts.
Best Original Score Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross For their score of The Social Network.
Best Original Song "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 Written by Randy Newman.
Best Cinematography Wally Pfister For his work on Inception.
Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood For her work on Alice in Wonderland.
Best Documentary Feature Inside Job A documentary film about the 2008 financial crisis.
Best Documentary Short Subject Strangers No More A documentary short film about a school in Tel Aviv for children of refugees and immigrants.
Best Film Editing Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter For their work on The Social Network.
Best Makeup Rick Baker and Dave Elsey For their work on The Wolfman.
Best Production Design Robert Stromberg and Karen O'Hara For their work on Alice in Wonderland.
Best Sound Editing Richard King For his work on Inception.
Best Sound Mixing Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, and Ed Novick For their work on Inception.
Best Visual Effects Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, and Peter Bebb For their work on Inception.