WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – The British drama “The King’s Speech” won the Oscar for best picture at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also rewarded Colin Firth with the Oscar for best actor for his interpretation of King George VI, father of current Queen Elizabeth II, who fights to overcome his stuttering with the help of an Australian speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush.
“I have a feeling my career has just peaked,” Firth said as he accepted his award.
“The King’s Speech” also received awards for its screenplay, by David Siedler, and for best director, Tom Hooper.
Acclaimed ballet drama “Black Swan” only saw gold in the best actress category, with Natalie Portman receiving the Oscar for her portrayal of Nina, the delusional ballerina who cracks under the stress of dancing.
In her acceptance speech, Portman thanked “Black Swan” director Darren Arofsnosky, calling him a “fearless leader and visionary,” and her parents, Avner and Shelley Hershlag, for “giving me my life, the opportunity to work from such an early age and showing me how to be a good human being by example.”
She also had words for partner Benjamin Millepied, who fathered the child she is expecting, thanking him “for giving me the most important role of my life.”
Melissa Leo and Christian Bale swept the Oscars for their supporting roles in the boxing drama “The Fighter.”
Danish drama “In a Better World” followed its victory at the Golden Globes by winning the Oscar for best foreign language film, beating Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his movie “Biutitul,” the only representative of Latin America this year.
“Inside job,” a film about the financial crisis, won the Best Documentary feature Oscar over favorites “Restrepo,” the story of the members of a remote military outpost in Afghanistan named after a North American-Colombian soldier and “Exit through the gift shop,” the first film of British street artist Banksy.
The award ceremony, hosted by actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco, was viewed by a billion people worldwide, according to the Academy.
2011 Academy Award Winners
Best Picture: “The King’s Speech”
Best Actor: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
Best Director: Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Picture (Original Song): “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3,” Randy Newman
Achievement in Film Editing: “The Social Network,” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
Achievement in Visual Effects:“Inception,” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Best Live Action Short: “God of Love,” Luke Matheny
Best Documentary Short: “Strangers No More”
Achievement in Costume Design: “Alice in Wonderland,” Colleen Atwood
Achievement in Sound Editing: “Inception,” Richard King
Achievement in Sound Mixing: “Inception,” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Picture (Original Score): “The Social Network,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Best Foreign-Language Film: “In a Better World”
Best Original Screenplay: “The King’s Speech,” David Seidler
Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Social Network,” Aaron Sorkin
Best Animated Feature: “Toy Story 3”
Best Animated Short Film: “The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
Achievement in Cinematography: “Inception,” Wally Pfister
Achievement in Art Direction: “Alice in Wonderland,” Robert Stromberg (Production Design), Karen O'Hara (Set Decoration)