`King`s Speech` claims best-picture Oscar

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2011, 10:31 AM IST

Los Angeles: "The King`s Speech" has been crowned best picture at an Academy Awards ceremony as precise as a state coronation, the monarchy drama leading as expected with four Oscars and predictable favorites claiming acting honours.

Colin Firth as stammering British ruler George VI in "The King`s Speech" earned the best-actor prize Sunday, while Natalie Portman won best actress as a delusional ballerina in "Black Swan."

The boxing drama "The Fighter" claimed both supporting-acting honors, for Christian Bale as a boxer-turned-drug-abuser and Melissa Leo as a boxing clan`s domineering matriarch.

"The King`s Speech" also won the directing prize for Tom Hooper and the original-screenplay Oscar for David Seidler, a boyhood stutterer himself.

Bureau Report