Colin Firth & Natalie Portman Take Home Oscars' Top Prizes

The King's Speech wins big and a pregnant Portman snags best actress. Who else earned Oscar gold?

The 83rd annual Academy Awards were as glamorous as ever -- and there were even a few surprises when it came to who took home the gold. The King's Speech, a drama about King George VI, was the night's big winner, taking home four of the most coveted statues. Its star, Colin Firth, won for best actor, and the film was also recognized in the best director, best screenplay and best picture categories.

"I have a feeling my career's just peaked," Firth joked on stage at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, after accepting his statue from last year's best actress winner, Sandra Bullock.

As for the ladies, well, mom-to-be Natalie Portman's best actress win for Black Swan surprised nobody -- except maybe her.

"This is insane," she said, as she accepted her award. "I truly, sincerely wish the prize tonight was to work with my fellow nominees. I am in such awe of you."

The Fighter's Christian Bale and Melissa Leo were honored for their supporting roles in the Mark Wahlberg flick, and the always-colorful Leo certainly didn't disappoint with her acceptance speech. After flirting a bit with presenter Kirk Douglas, Leo admitted to be "shaking in her boots" on stage. She went on to drop the F-bomb, saying, "When I watched Kate (Winslet) two years ago, it looked so "f*cking easy." But she apologized for the slip-up later. "Those words -- I apologize to anyone if they offend. There's a great deal of the English language that is in my vernacular. I really don't mean to offend, and probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word." 

 

Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3 claimed the Oscar for best animated feature, while the Coen Brothers' True Grit was shut out, after being nominated for 10 awards.

The night's hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, put a fresh spin on what Hathaway joked was "the young and hip Oscars." The stayed true to their word, and played nice -- avoiding any hurtful jabs at their fellow stars. The result was a cute and safe (though at times awkward) ceremony.

Get the complete list of Oscar winners here.

 

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