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Oscar Winners 2011: 'The King's Speech' British Invasion

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The Kings Speech British Invasion Oscars 2011

The big news on Oscar winners 2011 is that The King’s Speech swept the Oscars last night in most of the major awards. The 2011 Oscars will be remembered as a British invasion!  The King’s Speech won the following major honors for the 2011 Oscars:

  • Best Picture: The King’s Speech
  • Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
  • Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler,  The King’s Speech
  • Best Director:  Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

Natalie Portman won for Best Actress for her performance in Black Swan. Christian Bale and Melissa Leo each took home Best Supporting honors for their work in The Fighter. The Social Network received editing, music and adapted screenplay nods.

Colin Firth’s Oscar acceptance speech was funny, self-deprecating and very British:

“I have a feeling my career has just peaked. My deepest thanks to the Academy. I’m afraid I have to warn you that I’m experiencing stirrings. Somewhere in the upper abdominals which are threatening to form themselves into dance moves. Joyous as they may be for me, it would be extremely problematic if they make it to my legs before I get off stage.”

The beloved British actor continued:

“So I’m going to do my best to be brief with my gratitude first for being on this extraordinary list of fellow nominees. Something quite formidable and possibly the greatest honor of this. All the crew and my fellow cast members, those who are not here, and those who are, Geoffrey, Helena, and Guy, whose virtuosity made it very very difficult for me to be as bad as I was planning to be. And David Seidler whose own struggles have given so many people the benefit of his very beautiful voice and Tom Hooper for the immense courage and clear sightedness with which he interpreted that. The men who finessed this to the screen, Gareth, Emile, Iain, Xavier, and of course, Harvey, who first took me on 20 years ago when I was a mere child sensation.”

And all the people who have been rooting for me back home. Also Jessica Kolstad, my friend, Paul Lyon-Maris, and Chris Andrews for bearing with me through some of the less fortunate moments as well as the good ones and my very fortunate friendship with Tom Ford who to whom I owe a very big piece of this.”
“And to the Anglo-Italian-American-Canadian axis, which makes up my family and Livia for putting up with my fleeting delusions of royalty and who I hold responsible for this and for really everything that’s good that’s happened since I met her. Now if you’ll all excuse me, I have some impulses I have to tend to backstage. Thank you very much.”

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