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'King's Speech' has last word with four major Oscar awards

83rd annual Academy Awards

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

‘The King’s Speech” spoke loudly and clearly at the 2011 Academy Awards, winning for best picture, actor, director and original screenplay. Though it led with 12 nominations, it failed to put together a sweep, as the voters spread their honors more widely than in most years.

The film tied with “Inception” with four awards apiece, and “The Social Network” was close behind with three. But “The King” got four of the most important five it was nominated for, another achievement for its distribution chief, Harvey Weinstein, who has an unequaled list of Oscar wins in recent years.

Colin Firth’s Oscar for “The King’s Speech” was perhaps the most expected of the evening, a safe choice but not undeserved. His speech was calm and reserved, as befits royalty, but his voice placed a special emphasis when he mentioned screenwriter David Seidler, whose own experiences with stuttering inspired the film.

Also expected, Natalie Portman’s victory as best actress for “Black Swan.” She just plain made me feel good while she glowed during her acceptance speech. I’ve been watching her since she was 14, and she had the gift right from the beginning. It must have something to do with character.

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