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'The King's Speech' Wins Oscar for Best Picture (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 28th 2011 1:40AM
Best Picture Oscar for 'The King's Speech,' 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards'In the late season rush toward 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC), a shift began to form in the front runners among the top films of the year. Earlier on, it seemed likely that 'The Social Network' was going to be the Oscar darling of the year. But as 2010 wrapped and we started moving into 2011, a tidal shift started moving toward 'The King's Speech.'

After picking up Oscars for Best Screenplay, Director and Lead Actor earlier in the night, it seemed almost inevitable that it would take the top prize as well. And it did just that, beating out its nine other competitors, including 'The Social Network.'

"To have been part of a film that has touched and moved people so much all over the world has been just a huge privilege," producer Emile Sherman said of the film. He also gave tremendous kudos to the financial backers who took a risk on such an unlikely success story.

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Colin Firth Wins Best Actor Oscar for 'The King's Speech' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 28th 2011 1:25AM
Colin Firth wins Best Actor Oscar for 'The King's Speech,' 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards'As widely expected, there was virtually no contest in the Best Actor category at 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards.' After picking up Oscar gold for both Screenplay and Director, Colin Firth was a virtual lock in his second consecutive Lead Actor nomination.

Last year he went home among the many who are just happy to have been nominated for their work, while this year he picked up the Oscar for his portrayal of King George VI in 'The King's Speech.'

"I have a feeling my career's just peaked," he said in opening his acceptance speech. While his role was of a man who struggled with a stammer that affected his ability to give speeches, Firth showed no such problems.

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SAG Award Winners: 'King's Speech,' 'Fighter,' 'Modern Family' Among the Honored (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 31st 2011 10:57AM
Christian Bale, Dickie Eklund on 'SAG Awards' 2011Among the '17th Annual SAG Awards' winners, 'The King's Speech' took top honors for outstanding male actor (Colin Firth) and cast performance.

'The Fighter' won two of its four nominations, as Melissa Leo and Christian Bale received statuettes. Dickie Eklund, the man whom Bale played in the biopic, surprised him onstage. "How do you like me now?" Eklund joked.

In television, notable wins included Betty White for female actor in a comedy series ('Hot in Cleveland'), and Alec Baldwin's fifth consecutive SAG victory for '30 Rock.'

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James Franco Questions Meredith Vieira's Bias Toward Colin Firth (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 25th 2011 1:00PM
On 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), Meredith Vieira promises to "polish" Colin Firth's Oscar should he win Best Actor for his role in 'The King's Speech.' But James Franco, who's competing against Firth in the same category for his role in '127 Hours,' seems to take exception to Vieira's obvious bias.

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Colin Firth Reveals Why 'King's Speech' Story Is Now Being Told (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 12th 2011 7:20AM
Colin Firth Talks 'King's Speech' on 'Daily'Why have we had to wait so long to learn the true story of King George VI's stutter and the man who helped him overcome it? Blame it on the hardiness of his wife, Queen Elizabeth II's mother. As Colin Firth explained on 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on COM), "Our writer [of 'The King's Speech'], he himself suffered from a very severe stutter, and those broadcasts kind of gave him hope."

He later wrote to the Queen Mother, "asking for her permission to tell this story." He was instructed to wait till after her death, as "the memories of these events [were] still too painful. And so he waited... and waited," joked Firth. She passed away in 2002 at the age of 101.

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