The King’s Speech” continued its winning momentum going into the 83rd annual Academy Awards, taking home the big prize of best picture, while its star Colin Firth received the Oscar for best actor; “Black Swan” star Natalie Portman received the award for best actress

Tom Hooper, the director of “The King’s Speech,” pulled off a surprising win over “The Social Network” director David Fincher. “Speech,” which led the number of nominations with 12, received a total of four Oscars, including best adapted screenplay and best score by former Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

“The Fighter” co-stars Melissa Leo and Christian Bale were among the early winners, receiving Oscars for best supporting actress and best supporting actor.

In a self-deprecating and emotional speech, Firth joked, “I have a feeling my career has just peaked.” With his typical British reserve, he said he was “experiencing stirrings” that were “threatening to turn into dance moves.”

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter were great, a must see!peyton 2/28/11

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