“The King’s Speech,” a regal period drama about an English monarch’s triumph over stuttering, took the big honors Sunday at the 83rd annual Academy Awards.
The film won Best Picture, as well as three other Oscars: for Colin Firth’s lead performance as the stammering King George VI, for Tom Hooper’s directing and for David Seidler’s original screenplay.
Seidler, who suffered from a stutter earlier in his life, accepted his Oscar “on behalf of all the stutterers in the world. We have a voice. We have been heard, thanks to you, the Academy.”
Firth, in his acceptance speech, also praised Seidler, “whose own struggles have given other people the benefit of his very beautiful voice.”
Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her portrayal of a ballerina on the edge of madness in the thriller “Black Swan.”
In her thank-yous, a pregnant Portman thanked the movie’s choreographer, Benjamin Millipied — who is also her fiance and father of her child — “who’s now given me the most important role of my life.”
“The Fighter,” a gritty portrayal of real-life boxer Micky Ward and his dysfunctional family life, won both supporting-acting categories for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.
Leo, stunned at hearing her name called, inadvertently dropped the f-bomb during her acceptance speech. (It was bleeped out, thanks to the seven-second delay.)