28/02/2011 06:30 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

The King's Speech Reigns Triumphant At The Oscars

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The King's Speech was crowned Best Picture of the year at the 83rd Academy Awards. The little British film that could scooped four of the biggest awards of the evening from its 12 nominations: for Best Picture, Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Original Screenplay for David Seidler and best director for Tom Hooper. The Social Network, tipped by many, came away with three Oscars. True Grit, regarded as the dark horse of the ceremony, faltered at the final hurdle and came home with nothing.

Firth was the clear favourite going into the ceremony, having previously picked up prizes at the Baftas and the Golden Globes. The 50-year-old actor was nominated last year for his turn in Tom Ford's A Single Man only to lose out to Jeff Bridges. But last night, the tables were turned. Firth emerged victorious in a category that included Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), James Franco (127 Hours) and Javier Bardem (Biutiful). Firth thanked, "all the people who have been rooting for me back home,' and his wife, "Livia, for putting up with my fleeting delusions of royalty."

In the other categories, a tearful Natalie Portman picked up the Best Actress award for Black Swan, and The Fighter won the Best Supporting Sctor award for Christian Bale and Best Supporting Actress award for Melissa Leo. Toy Story 3 won Best Animated Film, while Randy Newman took Best Song.

But there was a more muted reception for new (younger) hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway . And the frocks? Ladies in red lead the way, while nude gowns continued their 2011 red carpet success run. See our full red carpet coverage here.

83rd Annual Academy Awards: Winners

Best Picture
The King's Speech

Best Director
Tom Hooper - The King's Speech

Best Actress
Natalie Portman - Black Swan

Best Actor
Colin Firth - The King's Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo - The Fighter

Best Supporting
Christian Bale - The Fighter

Best Original Screenplay
The King's Speech - David Seidler

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin

Best Animated Film

Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Film
In a Better World

Best Song
We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 – by Randy Newman

Best Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood

Best Cinematography
Inception – Wally Pfister