Javier Bardem, a Best Actor nominee for his brilliant work in “Biutiful,” and his “No Country for Old Men" co-star Josh Brolin, came out next--in matching white dinner jackets and ties--to hand out the screenwriting awards.
“Thank you. It's impossible to describe what it feels like to be handed the same award that went to Paddy Chayefsky 35 years ago for another film with the word 'Network' in the title,” said Sorkin.
Despite speaking at the kind of breakneck speed that informs his writing, Sorkin spoke long after the orchestra tried to play him off the stage, closing with a message for his daughter.
"Your father just won the Academy award, I'm going to have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig."
Picking up Best Original Screenplay was David Seidler, for “The King's Speech.”
“'The Writer's Speech'--this is terrifying. My father always said to me I would be a late bloomer. I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that record is broken quickly and often,” said Seidler, 73, in excepting his shiny prize.