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Firth, King's Speech get Oscar nods

The King's Speech has received a string of Oscar nominations - including best picture and best actor for its star Colin Firth.

Golden Globe winner Colin, who plays a stammering King George VI in the film, is joined by co-stars Helena Bonham Carter, who is nominated for best supporting actress and Geoffrey Rush, who has a nod in the best supporting actor category.

Filmmaker Tom Hooper has been nominated for best director, and the film leads the list with 12 nominations overall.

Also nominated for best picture were psychosexual thriller Black Swan, boxing drama The Fighter, sci-fi blockbuster Inception and Danny Boyle's survival story 127 Hours.

Completing the 10 are lesbian-family tale The Kids Are All Right, Facebook chronicle The Social Network, animated smash Toy Story 3, Western True Grit and crime thriller Winter's Bone.

Along with Firth, best-actor contenders include The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg, Javier Bardem for Biutiful, Jeff Bridges for True Grit, and 127 Hours' James Franco.

The best-actress field includes Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right and Natalie Portman for Black Swan - both Golden Globe winners. Other contenders are Rabbit Hole's Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone and Blue Valentine's Michelle Williams.

Christian Bale will compete with Rush for the supporting actor gong for his role in The Fighter. The supporting-actress category includes Bale's co-stars Melissa Leo and Amy Adams and True Grit's 14-year-old newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.

British filmmakers Mike Leigh and Christopher Nolan have nominations for original screenplay, while Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy are up for adapted screenplay for 127 Hours.

Chart star Dido is up for best original song, for If I Rise from 127 Hours. Former Smiths star Johnny Marr performed on the soundtrack to Inception which is nominated for best original score.

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