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Colin Firth and The King's Speech win Oscar gold

Kristin Watson is no stranger to the world of entertainment, having worked with both NBC and The History Channel. As a Chicago-based writer, Kristin provides SheKnows readers on both coasts with the hottest celebrity and entertainment ne...

Natalie Portman & Colin Firth's Oscars!

The King’s Speech came into the Oscars a favorite and left with its reputation intact, garnering Oscar’s highest praises for Best Actor (Colin Firth) and Best Picture. Christian Bale and Melissa Leo also shined bright for The Fighter while Natalie Portman accepted her first Best Actress win for Black Swan.

Anne Hathaway and James Franco sailed their way through the Academy Awards. From their fresh parodies to their quirky banter, Oscar couldn't have asked for a more perfect duo to celebrate with. While we all found their co-hosting charming and wittingly fresh for a new generation of viewers, it was really about the evening's stars and their films.

The King's Speech wins Best Picture

As many had predicted, The King's Speech couldn't be stopped, taking crowning achievements in Colin Firth's Best Actor win as well as Tom Hooper for Best Director and the evening's biggest honor, Best Picture. Out of twelve nominations, the decorated film captured four Oscars!

Some had thought Melissa Leo's time for Oscar was now and some had thought maybe not due to the recent rumblings of her self-endorsement. Those who believed in the actress couldn't have been more right. Leo and costar Christian Bale represented nicely in their supporting categories, graciously accepting their Oscar trophies on behalf of The Fighter. Leo's choice in bleep-worthy words might have come as a surprise but made for a great acceptance speech moment!

Let's face it, Natalie Portman was all the buzz in her Best Actress category, but many didn't count out Annette Bening. Portman's perfect portrayal of a ballerina on the edge in Black Swan -- and her growing baby bump -- couldn't be stopped, however. Portman was beautiful and emotional as she thanked her fiance and baby daddy, Benjamin Millepied.

The evening closed on a special note, as Hathaway introduced a children's group to perform Somewhere Over the Rainbow, reminding us of the future.

If you missed out on any of Oscar's big winners, simply take a look at SheKnows' complete winners list and don't forget to check out our Oscar play-by-play of Hollywood's biggest night. You don't want to be left out of the water cooler gossip, do you?

2011 Academy Award winners

Bale winsBest Picture: The King's Speech

Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3

Best Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland

Best Visual Effects: Inception

Best Cinematography: Inception

Best Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland

Best Director: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech

Best Documentary Feature: Inside Job

Best Documentary Short: Strangers No More

Best Editing: The Social Network

Best Makeup: The Wolfman

Best Foreign Language Film: In a Better World

Best Original Score: The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Best Original Song: We Belong Together

Best Animated Short: The Lost Thing

Best Live Action Short: God of Love

Best Sound Editing: Inception

Best Sound Mixing: Inception

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network

Best Original Screenplay: The King's Speech

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