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Published 28/02/2011

Camila Alves arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California
Camila Alves arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California
Actor Colin Firth, winner of the award for Best Actor for 'The King's Speech', poses in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actors Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes arrive at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Reese Witherspoon arriving for the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date:Sunday February 27, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Josh Brolin and Kevin Spacey share a joke as they arrive for the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date:Sunday February 27, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Gwyneth Paltrow arriving for the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date:Sunday February 27, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Penelope Cruz
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Penelope Cruz arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Halle Berry arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Hailee Steinfeld arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Cate Blanchett arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Marisa Tomei arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Mila Kunis
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Mila Kunis arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: TV personality Terri Seymour arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: TV personality Kim Kardashian arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Natalie Portman arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Helena Bonham Carter arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Presenter Kirk Douglas and a trophy presenter fight over Douglas' cane as he presents an award onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Presenter Kirk Douglas shakes hands with actress Melissa Leo after Leo won the Actress in a Supporting Role award for "The Fighter' onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Model Camila Alves (L) and actor Matthew McConaughey arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Sandra Bullock arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Nicole Kidman (L) and actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: The student choir from the New York City/Staten Island School PS 22 performs onstage at the end of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Filmmakers Kirk Simon (L) and Karen Goodman, winners of the award for Best Documentary Short Subject for 'Strangers No More', pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Filmmakers Kirk Simon (L) and Karen Goodman, winners of the award for Best Documentary Short Subject for 'Strangers No More', pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Musician Sir Elton John arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Filmmakers Kirk Simon (L) and Karen Goodman, winners of the award for Best Documentary Short Subject for 'Strangers No More', pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Producer Iain Canning accepts the award for Best Motion Picture of the Year for 'The King's Speech' onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actors Dave Annable (L) and Odette Yustman arrive at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Odette Yustman arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Claire Danes arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Presenter Nicole Kidman poses in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Director Luke Matheny, winner of the award for Best Live Action Short Film for 'God of Love', poses in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Halle Berry speaks onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Halle Berry speaks onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Hilary Swank arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Celine Dion arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Celine Dion (R) and manager Rene Angelil arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Designer Tory Burch arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Melissa Leo arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Emma Stone arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Rita Wilson arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Emma Stone arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Director Susanne Bier, winner of the award for Best Foreign Film for 'In a Better World', poses in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Celine Dion (R) and manager Rene Angelil arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Halle Berry arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Halle Berry arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Cate Blanchett arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Mandy Moore arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actor/singer Justin Timberlake (R) and mother Lynn Harless arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Cate Blanchett arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Cate Blanchett
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Co-directors Andrew Ruhemann (2nd L) and Shaun Tan (2nd R), winners of the award for Best Animated Short Film for 'The Lost thing', and presenters Mila Kunis (L) and Justin Timberlake pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Penelope Cruz arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Composer Trent Reznor arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Composer Trent Reznor arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Co-directors Andrew Ruhemann (2nd L) and Shaun Tan (2nd R), winners of the award for Best Animated Short Film for 'The Lost thing', and presenters Mila Kunis (L) and Justin Timberlake pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Co-directors Andrew Ruhemann (2nd L) and Shaun Tan (2nd R), winners of the award for Best Animated Short Film for 'The Lost thing', and presenters Mila Kunis (L) and Justin Timberlake pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Hilary Swank arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Kevin Spacey arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Model Camila Alves arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Visual effects artists Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley,and Peter Bebb, winners of the award for Best Visual Effects for 'Inception', pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Jenna Ushkowitz arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Socialite Lynn Wyatt arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Socialite Lynn Wyatt arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Natalie Portman (R), winner of the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for 'Black Swan', and presenter Jeff Bridges pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Natalie Portman (R), winner of the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for 'Black Swan', poses in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Russell Brand arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Hilary Swank arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Scarlett Johansson (R) and guest arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Steven Spielberg arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Mandy Moore arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Mandy Moore arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Michelle Williams (L) and actor Jake Gyllenhaal during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actor Colin Firth, winner of the award for Best Actor for 'The King's Speech', poses in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Producers Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, and Gareth Unwin, winners of the award for Best Picture for 'The King's Speech', pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Producers Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, and Gareth Unwin, winners of the award for Best Picture for 'The King's Speech', pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Sharon Stone arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and actor Javier Bardem arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Actor Christian Bale, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 'The Fighter', Natalie Portman, winner of the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for 'Black Swan', Melissa Leo, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 'The Fighter', and Colin Firth, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for 'The King's Speech', pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Director Tom Hooper (L), winner of the award for Best Achievement in Directing for 'The King's Speech', and presenter Kathryn Bigelow pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Director Tom Hooper, winner of the award for Best Achievement in Directing for 'The King's Speech', poses in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Composer Randy Newman, winner of the award for Best Original Song for 'We Belong Together' from 'Toy Story 3', poses in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (R) Producer Iain Canning accepts the award for Best Motion Picture of the Year for 'The King's Speech' from presenter Steven Spielberg onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Visual effects artists Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley,and Peter Bebb, winners of the award for Best Visual Effects for 'Inception', pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actors Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes arrive at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actor Geoffrey Rush arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Director Christopher Nolan arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Cee Lo arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Maria Menounos arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Malin Akerman arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Actor Christian Bale, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 'The Fighter', Natalie Portman, winner of the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for 'Black Swan', Melissa Leo, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 'The Fighter', and Colin Firth, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for 'The King's Speech', pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Actor Christian Bale, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 'The Fighter', Natalie Portman, winner of the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for 'Black Swan', Melissa Leo, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for 'The Fighter', and Colin Firth, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for 'The King's Speech', pose in the press room during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Director Tim Burton (L) and actress Helena Bonham Carter attend the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: TV personality Kelly Osbourne arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: TV personality Kelly Osbourne arrives at the 19th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party held at the Pacific Design Center on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Jeff Bridges, left, presents Natalie Portman with the award for best actress for her role in "The Black Swan" at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Jeff Bridges, left, presents Natalie Portman with the award for best actress for her role in "The Black Swan" at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin accept the Oscar for best motion picture for "The King's Speech" at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Emile Sherman, left to right, Gareth Unwin and Iain Canning react as they accept the Oscar for best motion picture for "The King's Speech" at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow performs during the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Melissa Leo gets a hug from Kirk Douglass as she accepts the Oscar for best actress in a supporting role for "The Fighter" at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
(L-R) Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Gareth Unwin with the Best Picture award, received for The King's Speech, in the press room at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date:Sunday February 27, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Jeff Bridges with Natalie Portman and her Best Actress award, received for Black Swan, in the press room at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date:Sunday February 27, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
(L-R) Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Gareth Unwin with the Best Picture award, received for The King's Speech, in the press room at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date:Sunday February 27, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
(L-R) Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Gareth Unwin with the Best Picture award, received for The King's Speech, in the press room at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date:Sunday February 27, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Randy Newman with the Best Original Song award, received for We Belong Together from Toy Story 3, in the press room at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date:Sunday February 27, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Colin Firth with the Best Actor award, received for The King's Speech in the press room at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date:Sunday February 27, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire

Oscars 2011 - the 83rd Academy Awards Ceremony was held today. The King’s Speech, won four Oscars from its 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director (Tom Hooper), and Original Screenplay (David Seidler).

Click 'more pictures' above to view gallery. The winners in the leading categories are:

Best film - The King's Speech

Best actor - Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Best supporting actor - Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best actress - Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best supporting actress - Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best director - Tom Hooper, The King's Speech

Best documentary feature - Inside Job

Best adapted screenplay - Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best original screenplay - David Seidler, The King's Speech



Coronation of Firth and 'The Kings Speech' at Oscars

By Guy Adams in Los Angeles

It wasn't quite a royal flush, but you could certainly call it a coronation. The King’s Speech, a historical drama tale about the stammering King George VI’s relationship with his speech therapist, justified heavy favouritism to carry off four Oscars, including the top prize of Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.



The British film, made by for a paltry nine million pounds, capped an unlikely run that has seen it generate more than £150m at the box office and will make multi-millionaires of its little-known producers by scooping almost every major award it was short listed for. Tom Hooper won for Best Director, David Seidler won for Best Original Screenplay, and Colin Firth, was named Best Actor for his performance in the title role.



On a night where the vast majority of statuettes went to heavy favourites, Natalie Portman was named Best Actress for her role in Black Swan, a thriller set in the world of ballet, while Melissa Leo and the British star Christian Bale won in the Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress categories for their work in the boxing biopic The Fighter.

The film about the founding of Facebook, The Social Network, was expected to be the biggest rival to The King’s Speech. In the event, it had to make do with three awards, the most prominent of which went to its screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The other big winners were Inception, which won four prizes in technical categories, Toy Story 3, which won two gongs including Best Animated feature, and Alice in Wonderland, which won two costume awards.



But film historians will look back on 2011 as the year when Hollywood chose to honour a well-made movie based on the life of a stammering British King who learned to address his subjects at the onset of the Second World War, during what was one of the nation’s finest hours.



An uncommonly emotional Firth, who worked tirelessly to promote the movie during the three-month marathon of Oscar season, told the audience: “I have a feeling my career has just peaked.” He proceeded to joke that he now wanted to leave the stage before he embarrassed himself by dancing with joy.



Earlier, David Seidler, the film’s 73-year-old writer, had provided one of the night’s fairytales when he picked-up the Best Screenplay award. Previously little known, at least in Hollywood terms, the self-professed “late starter” originally conceived of The King’s Speech as a play, basing important elements of it on his experience in childhood as a chronic stammerer. He was only “cured” of that condition at the age of 16.



Speaking backstage after picking up the trophy, he said he hoped the success of the film would help comfort fellow sufferers. “I’ve already been flooded with the most wonderful emails, phone calls, and text messages from my fellow stutterers because I’m still a stutterer, all right. I just know all the tricks, so you don’t hear it. To have these people tell me their personal stories, really moves me to tears.”



Seidler, who was at pains to suggest that he is not a monarchist, said he hoped that the victory of The King’s Speech would nonetheless be cheered by The Queen, who is the daughter of George VI, the monarch known to his friends as “Bertie.”



“We have certainly heard, and it has not been denied and it could easily be denied, that Her Majesty has seen the film. We are told that she was moved and amused. I am deeply moved by that, and I’m very gratified that if this is true, she clearly understood that this was written and made with a great deal of love, affection and respect for her father.”



The result also capped a remarkable rise for Tom Hooper, the director of The King’s Speech who a few years back was employed to shoot the soap opera of Eastenders. He thanked his mother for the Best Director award, telling the audience that she had first told him about the project after attending a reading of Seider’s original play at a fringe theatre in London in 2007.



Although few people will be surprised by the destination of most of the Oscars, there were still moments of controversy during the three and a half hour show. The first came during the early moments, when Melissa Leo waltzed on stage to collect her award and became the first person in the event’s 83-year history to utter the f-word.



Later, backstage, she issued a grovelling apology for the expletive, which was bleeped out from the telecast that was broadcast into America’s living rooms at around teatime. “There’s a great deal of the English language that’s in my vernacular,” he said. “[But] it was a very inappropriate place to use that word in particular.”



The second major controversy of the evening revolved around the dress worn by Natalie Portman, the Best Actress winner. As the highly-paid “face” of Dior, she was expected to wear that fashion house’s outfit for her big moment. But in the event, she wore a gown by Rodarte.



It was suggested that the decision to forego the Dior dress was a result of the recent arrest and suspension of Dior’s creative director, John Galliano, who is accused of making anti-Semitic remarks during a bar-room argument. Portman, who is Jewish, refused to answer any questions about the affair during the post-awards press conference.



A final person who might have watched proceedings awkwardly was David Cameron. The King's Speech was only made because the UK Film Council helped provide £1m of funding. Mr Cameron recently made the controversial decision to scrap that organisation.



One person who may meanwhile conclude that they got off lightly from the evening was Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Three months ago, the unflattering portrait of his career looked set to sweep the boards. But after a lacklustre campaign, it had to make do with a small handful of prizes, most notably the Screenwriting gong that went to its writer Aaron Sorkin.



Sorkin, the creator of TV series The West Wing, developed the script of the film in a few days from a 14 page proposal submitted to publishers by Ben Mezrich, the author of a book called The Accidental Billionaires. Backstage after receiving the award, he praised Zuckerberg for being “a good sport” about the film. “I don't think there’s anybody here who would want a movie made about things they did when they were 19 years old, so hats off to him.”



Further victories for homegrown talent came in a selection of technical categories. Dave Elsey won his second Oscar for Best Make-Up for his work on The Wolfman. And Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb, of the London-based firm Double Negative, won Visual Effects award for the blockbuster Inception.



Meanwhile a virtually-unknown British producer called Andrew Ruhemann won for Best Animated Short, for his work on The Lost Thing. He devoted a portion of the backstage press conference to saying that he hoped the victory would lead to him being interviewed on Radio Four’s Today programme. That sentiment was in keeping with the spirit of what felt like a night of peculiarly British victory.

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