Tom Hanks congratulated first-time Oscar winners who took home prizes at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27 and praised his "Toy Story 3" colleagues for winning "Best Animated Feature Film."
The movie was also the third animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. It lost to "The King's Speech," which also won "Best Leading Actor" for Colin Firth's performance. The other winners in the acting categories were Natalie Portman, who took home the prize for Best Leading Actress for "Black Swan," and Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, who won Best Supporting Actor and Actress for "The Fighter."
"The work is finished," Hanks told OnTheRedCarpet.com after the ceremony. "You don't have to dress up. You can start saying F-words again if you want to."
Leo shocked the audience at the Kodak Theatre as well as millions of viewers around the world for dropping an "F-Bomb" during her acceptance speech. She later apologized. Oscars co-host Anne Hathaway told OnTheRedCarpet.com that the moment was one of her favorites and that she thanked Leo for it.
"Everything is all rolled into one," Hanks said about the winners. "Your professional life, your artistic life and your personal life all come together in a fabulous, fabulous moment of well-deserved attention."
Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner himself, reprised his voice-over part of Woody the toy cowboy in "Toy Story 3."
"The folks who work on those movies work for about four and a half years. We go in for about 18 hours of recording over the course of those four and a half years," Hanks said, referring to his fellow voice-over cast, which includes Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear.
Hanks presented the awards for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography to "Alice in Wonderland" and "Inception." (See a full list of Oscar winners)
Hanks has been keeping busy with his own film career during the past year and recently filmed the movie "Larry Crowne" with Julia Roberts and on May 22, he is set to speak to Yale University graduates at the annual class day ceremony. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was the speaker last year.