Colin Firth/King's Speech Oscar 2011

The King's Speech crowned Oscar's big winner

By Emma Badame on February 28, 2011
Awards and Festivals, Oscars

The King’s Speech capped off a busy and honour-filled award season Sunday night with the biggest win of all: Oscar gold.

The popular saga of a struggling, stuttering English monarch was nominated for a total of twelve awards and took home the evening's top prize of Best Picture along with wins for Best Actor Colin Firth, Best Director Tom Hooper (who beat out The Social Network's odds-on fave David Fincher) and writer David Seidler for Best Original Screenplay.

The Social Network, considered a front runner in many major categories, came up far shorter than predicted but managed to take home three statuettes for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Original Score.

Though King's Speech was crowned the ultimate film champ of 2010, the film tied with another for most Oscar wins on the night. Christopher Nolan's mind-trippy drama Inception also took home a total of four awards, all of them in the decidedly more technical categories.

Read on for the full list of Oscar winners...

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Winner: The King’s Speech (2010)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech (2010)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Winner: Natalie Portman for Black Swan (2010)

Best Achievement in Directing
Winner: Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech (2010)

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Winner: Toy Story 3 (2010) - Randy Newman ("We Belong Together")

Best Achievement in Editing
Winner: The Social Network (2010) - Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Winner: Inception (2010) - Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin

Best Documentary, Features
Winner: Inside Job (2010) - Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs

Best Short Film, Live Action
Winner: God of Love (2010) - Luke Matheny

Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Winner: Strangers No More (2010) - Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Winner: Alice in Wonderland (2010) - Colleen Atwood

Best Achievement in Makeup
Winner: The Wolfman (2010) - Rick Baker, Dave Elsey

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Winner: Inception (2010) - Richard King

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Winner: Inception (2010) - Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo, Ed Novick

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Winner: The Social Network (2010) - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Christian Bale for The Fighter (2010)

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Winner: In A Better World (2010) - Susanne Bier (Denmark)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Winner: The King’s Speech (2010) - David Seidler

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Winner: The Social Network (2010) - Aaron Sorkin

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Winner: Toy Story 3 (2010) - Lee Unkrich

Best Short Film, Animated
Winner: The Lost Thing (2010) - Shaun Tan, Andrew Ruhemann

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Melissa Leo for The Fighter (2010)

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Winner: Inception (2010) - Wally Pfister

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Winner: Alice in Wonderland (2010) - Robert Stromberg, Karen O'Hara

For more on the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, head here!

Photo credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

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