Los Angeles: British period drama 'The King's Speech' walked away with four Oscars including the best picture, best director and best actor at the 83rd Academy Awards.

The movie about George VI's struggle to overcome his stammer beat out competition from nine other films to be crowned the best picture, also won an Oscar for David Seidler in the best original screenplay category.

Directed by Tom Hooper, the Colin Firth starrer is about the British monarch, who overcame his stuttering problem with the help of an unorthodox Australian speech therapist, to rally the nation through World War II.

Hooper thanked his mother for finding him the script for the movie after she was invited to a play reading.

The movie's screenwriter, David Seidler, used his acceptance speech to jokingly thank Queen Elizabeth II, among others, as well as stutterers everywhere.

"...I accept this on behalf of all the stutterers throughout the world. We have a voice, we have been heard," he said, repeating the key phrase from the movie.

Nominated in 12 categories, the film was pitted against Facebook movie 'The Social Network', which was in the race with seven nominations.

The David Fincher movie, however, managed to win trophies in three categories - best adapted screenplay, original score and editing.

Christopher Nolan's hi-tech thriller 'Inception' matched 'The King's Speech' in the number count by bagging four Oscars in technical categories like best cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects.

Portman best ‘actress’

Natalie Portman won best actress for her role in disturbed ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's dark thriller 'Black Swan'.

An emotional Portman thanked everyone from her family, friends and fiancé Bennjamin Milleipied to the make-up and cameraman of her film.

"This award is also for my love Benjamin, who has given me the most beautiful role," the actress, who is soon to become a mother, said.

Dressed in a loose purple gown, Portman thanked her co-nominees --Annette Bening 'The Kids Are Alright', Nicole Kidman 'Rabit Hole', 'Jennifer Lawrence 'Winter's Bone' and Michelle Williams 'Blue Valentine'.

Portman, who began her acting career at the age of 13, had been frontrunner for her portrayal of an insecure ballet dancer whose drive for perfection pushes her to the edge of madness. Her performance had already earned her prizes at the Golden Globes and Britain's BAFTAs.

Bale, Leo for best supporting actor

Boxing drama 'The Fighter' won two Oscars—best supporting actor for Christian Bale, and best supporting actress for Melissa Leo, who had both been frontrunners in their category.

Leo and Bale, who played mother-son in the movie, were the first to win the golden statue for their supporting roles. Leo took home the Oscar for her turn as a controlling mother in 'The Fighter' while Bale, who went for a dramatic weight loss, won the trophy for his portrayal of a drug-addict former fighter.

It was the first Academy Award for both the actors and Leo, 50, drew laughter from the crowd when she uttered a cuss word during her acceptance speech.

Leo won over Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Jacki Weaver (Animal King and Amy Adams (The Fighter)
 
"I know there's a lot of real lovely people who've said a lot of nice things to me for several months but I'm just shaking in my boots right now," she added.

And when Bale was handed his trophy by 'Legally Blonde' star Reese Witherspoon, he made a special mention of Leo's acceptance speech.

The 37-year-old then went on to thank his "beautiful wife" and his daughter "who has already taught me a lot more than I could ever give back to her."

Bale was competing with John Hawkes 'Winter's Bone', Jeremy Renner 'The Town', Mark Ruffalo 'The Kids Are All Right' and Geoffrey Rush 'The King's Speech' for the award.

Toy Story 3 best animated movie

Pixar movie 'Toy Story 3' won best animated feature Oscar.

'In a Better World', a film by Denmark's star director Susanne Bier, beat out competition from Algeria, Canada, Greece and Mexico to win the Best Foreign Film Oscar.

The glittering awards show, which marks the end of frantic award season in Hollywood, was hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway, marking the first time that a man and woman
presided over the popular awards.

Franco, 32 and Hathaway, 28, are also one of the youngest hosts of the ceremony, which is broadcast live in more than 200 countries.

In other categories fantasy drama 'Alice in Wonderland' won the best Costume Design award and the Makeup to 'The Wolfman'. Best Documentary Feature award went to Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs for 'Inside Job' and the Best Documentary (short subject) was awarded to 'Strangers No More'.

'The Lost Thing' was the adjudged the best Animated Short Film while 'God of Love' walked away with best Live Action Short Film.

The Academy also presented honorary Oscars to film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, director- producer Francis Ford Coppola, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach.

 

(Agency)