Colin Firth & Geoffrey Rush  in the movie The King's Speech

Based on the true story of King George VI, 'The King's Speech' was the big winner at the 83rd Academy Awards winning four Oscars, including Best Picture.

The witty historical docudrama starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter also won Oscars for Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth) and Best Original Screenplay.

'Inception' also won four Oscars (Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects).

Colin Firth garnered his first Oscar for his performance, a year after receiving his first Oscar nomination for his role in Tom Ford's "A Single Man." A classically trained British theatre actor, Colin Firth is a veteran of film, television and theater, with an impressive body of work spanning over three decades.

Natalie Portman won the award for Best Actress for her performance as the insane ballet dancer Nina Sayers in 'Black Swan.' Like Firth, This was Natalie Portman's first Oscar win and 2nd nomination. Natalie Portman was nominated in the supporting category for her role in the Closer (2004).

The Best Supporting Actor Oscars went to Christian Bale and Melissa Leo for their roles in 'The Fighter'. Christian Bale wins his first Oscar for his role as Dicky Eklund. Melissa Leo wins her first Oscar for her role as Alice Ward. Melissa Leo was previoulsy nominated for her leading role in Frozen River (2008).


2011 Oscar Winners

Best Picture: 'The King's Speech'

Best Director: Tom Hooper, 'The King's Speech'

Best Actor: Colin Firth, 'The King's Speech'

Best Actress: Natalie Portman, 'Black Swan'

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, 'The Fighter'

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, 'The Fighter'

Best Original Song: We Belong Together, 'Toy Story 3'

Best Editing: 'The Social Network'

Best Visual Effects: 'Inception'

Best Documentary: 'Inside Job'

Best Live Action Short Film: 'God of Love'

Best Documentary Short Subject: 'Strangers No More'

Best Costume Design: 'Alice in Wonderland'

Best Makeup: 'The Wolfman'

Best Sound Editing: 'Inception'

Best Sound Mixing: 'Inception'

Best Original Score: 'The Social Network'

Best Foreign Language Film: 'In A Better World'

Best Original Screenplay: 'The King's Speech'

Best Adapted Screenplay: 'The Social Network'

Best Animated Feature Film: 'Toy Story 3'

Best Animated Short Film: 'The Lost Thing'

Best Cinematography: 'Inception'

Best Art Direction: 'Alice in Wonderland'

The King's Speech Movie Review

About the King's Speech

After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.

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