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Academy Award nominations announced: The King's Speech leads nominees

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The King's Speech led the Academy Award nomination pack with 12 nominations. Also earning top nominations were The Fighter, The Social Network and True Grit.

The 83rd Academy Award nominations are the biggest nods of this year's award season and SheKnows was up early to cover it all for you. Academy Award winner Monique helped announce the lucky flicks and stars that will battle it out at this year's Academy Awards on February 27 including The King's Speech and The Social Network.

Oscars announced in Hollywood

The King's Speech leads this year's Academy Award nominees with 12 nominations. The Colin Firth-led film will go up against the likes of Black Swan and The Fighter for Best Film.

The 10 movies nominated for Best Film also include a few interesting names like the animated movie Toy Story 3 and Winter's Bone. The Social Network is perhaps the odds-on favorite but with a recent Producers Guild win, The King's Speech could take home the Oscar.

In the acting category, the expected Colin Firth will go head-to head with Academy Award co-host James Franco and The Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg for Best Actor. Javier Bardem surprisingly rounds out the group for his role in Biutiful. Christian Bale picked up his Best Supporting Actor nod for The Fighter while Geoffrey Rush represents for The King's Speech.

The ladies of the silver screen were pretty much a given -- Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Williams and Nicole Kidman all picked up nominations for Best Actress. Many believe this will be Portman's year for her role in Black Swan. Supporting nods went to Melissa Leo and Amy Adams for The Fighter, while young star Hailee Steinfeld got her first nomination for True Grit.

Check out our full nominee list to see if your favorite received an Academy Award nomination.

Academy Award nominees

Best Motion Picture of the Year

King's SpeechBlack Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Best Actor

Colin Firth - The King's Speech
Javier Bardem - Biutiful
Jeff Bridges - True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
James Franco - 127 hours

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale - The Fighter
John Hawkes - Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner - The Town
Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech

Best Actress

Nicole Kidman

Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams - The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

Best Animated Film

Toy Story 3
The Illusionist
How to Train Your Dragon

Best Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland
Inception
True Grit
The King's Speech
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Best Cinematography

Black Swan
The King's Speech
Inception
The Social Network
True Grit

Best Costume Design

True GritAlice in Wonderland
I am Love
The King's Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

Best Director

Black Swan - Darren Aronofsky
The Fighter - David O. Russell
The King's Speech - Tom Hooper
The Social Network - David Fincher
True Grit - Joel Cohen and Ethan Cohen

Best Documentary Feature

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Gasland
Inside Job
Restrepo
Waste Land

Best Documentary Short

Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Stranger no More
Sun Come Up
The Warrior of Qiugang

Best Editing

Black SwanBlack Swan - Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter - Pamela Martin
The King's Speech - Tariq Anwar
127 Hours - Jon Harris
The Social Network - Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Best Foreign Language Film

Biutiful
Dogtooth
In a Better World
Incendies
Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) 

Best Makeup

Barney's Version - Adrien Morot
The Way Back - Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
The Wolfman - Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Best Original Score

How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell
Inception - Hans Zimmer
The King's Speech - Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours -  A.R. Rahman
The Social Network - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Best Original Song

Coming Home from Country Strong - Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
I See the Light from Tangled - Alan Menken, Glenn Slater
How to Train Your DragonIf I Rise from 127 Hours - A.R. Rahman, Dido and Rollo Armstrong
We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 - Randy Newman

Best Animated Short Film

Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let's Pollute
The Lost Things
Madagascar, carnet de voyage

Best Live Action Short

The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143 

Best Sound Editing

Inception
Toy Story 3
Tron: Legacy
True Grit
Unstoppable

Best Sound Mixing

Harry PotterInception
The King's Speech
Salt
The Social Network
True Grit

Best Visual Effects

Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2 

Best Adapted Screenplay

127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

Best Original Screenplay

Another Year
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech

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