Firth, Portman win acting Oscars

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Colin Firth has won the Best Actor Oscar

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman have taken top acting honours at the 83rd Academy Awards, while The King’s Speech was named Best Picture.

Colin won the Best Actor Honour for his role in The King’s Speech, while pregnant Portman won her Best Actress Oscar for her role in Black Swan.

An emotional Firth told the audience: “I have a feeling my career has just peaked,” and joked he wanted to leave the stage before he embarrassed himself by dancing with joy.

He also thanked his British fans, paying tribute to “all the people who have been rooting for me back home”.

A tearful Portman paid tribute to the other actresses that were up for the award, saying she wished “the prize tonight was to get to work with my fellow nominees”.

The team behind The King’s Speech was presented with the Best Picture award by Steven Spielberg. Producer Iain Canning thanked the “best of British crew” and the film’s “acting royalty”.

Tom Hooper won the Best Director Oscar and described it as an “extraordinary honour”. The King’s Speech filmmaker also paid tribute to his leading actors and “the triangle of man love that is Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and me. I’m only here because of you guys”.

Writer David Seidler picked up the award for best original screenplay for the film about the British monarchy.

Veteran actor Kirk Douglas came on stage to a standing ovation to present the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Melissa Leo for The Fighter. The Best Supporting Actor award went to Christian Bale for the same film.

West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay award for his work on the Facebook film The Social Network.

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