The 83rd Academy Awards took place on Sunday evening in Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre. James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted the ceremony.
Competing in 12 categories, British film The King’s Speech won four awards : best picture, best original screenplay, Tom Hooper was named best director for the film and Colin Firth was named best actor.
Being firm favourite to win for his portrayal of King George VI battling a stammer, Mr Firth joked: “I have a feeling my career’s just peaked.”
Paying tribute to his film’s stars, Mr Hooper said: “Thank you to my wonderful actors, the triangle of man-love which is Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and me. I’m only here because of you guys.”
Screenwriter David Seidler thanked the Queen for “not putting me in the Tower of London” for the swearing that featured in his Oscar-winning script.
The Social Network, won for adapted screenplay, film editing and score.
Natalie Portman won best actress for her performance as a disturbed ballet dancer in Black Swan. She said : “This is insane, and I truly, sincerely wish that the prize tonight was to get to work with my fellow nominees – I’m so in awe of you.”
Both supporting acting awards were won by stars for boxing drama The Fighter : Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.
After being named best actress in a supporting role, Ms Leo said: “Really, really, really truly wow. I know there have been a lot of people saying some real, real nice things to me for several months now, but I am just shaking in my boots here.”
Cinematography, visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing were won by sci-fi spectacular Inception.
Alice in Wonderland won two, art direction and costume design, while the best make-up prize went to The Wolfman.
Best foreign language film prize was won by Danish film In a Better World.
Toy Story 3 won the best animated feature and the best original song for We Belong Together.
The Lost Thing was named best animated short film and Inside Job, an examination of the recent global financial crisis, won the best documentary feature.
After collecting his award, director Charles Ferguson said: “Forgive me, I must start by pointing out that three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by financial fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail – and that’s wrong.”