"King's Speech" wins best picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:55pm EST

1 of 2. Colin Firth, winner of the Oscar for best actor, and British director Tom Hooper, winner of the Oscar for best director, from 'The King's Speech' stand with their Oscars during the closing of the telecast during the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 27, 2011.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The King's Speech" won the top Academy Award, for best picture, giving the British royals drama a total of four Oscars at Sunday's ceremony.

The acclaimed film about the efforts of the future King George VI to overcome a crippling stammer went into the event with a leading 12 nominations. It won such key awards as best actor for its star, Colin Firth.

The best picture award was accepted by its producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin.

The nine other contenders were "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone."

(Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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