And The Winner Is

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 9:49am

"The King's Speech" wins big at the Academy Awards.

"The King's Speech" came away with the Best Picture crown at the Academy Awards Sunday evening.

There may have been few surprises in the major categories, but that did little to diminish the excitement for the winners.

Colin Firth may have summed the evening up for many people associated with "The King's Speech".

His Oscar as Best Actor one of four the film won Sunday night, including Best Picture.

"What has struck me is the emotional response to it has been very personal," Firth said.

Firth was one of several first time Oscar winners on the night.

Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo from "The Fighter" spent time backstage offering a mea culpa for the accidental expletive during her acceptance speech.

Leo's co-star, Christian Bale, has used salty language in public himself a time or two, but he was straightforward about his win as Best Supporting Actor.

"It's all a matter of opinion. It's all abstract. But you can't help but be touched so deeply by it," he said.

The film about a stammering monarch that touched millions of moviegoers came away the biggest winner.

"What the film is saying is not to conquer your fears yourself, but look to others," said director Tom Hooper.

"The King's Speech" is now Hollywood royalty.

The sci-fi epic "Inception" tied "The King's Speech" with four wins last night, but they were all in technical categories, Visual Effects, Cinematography, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

"The Social Network" won three, including Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.

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