'The King's Speech' was the big winner at the 2011 Oscars, winning four awards, including Best Picture.

The British period drama, about King George VI's attempt to overcome his stammer, also walked away with awards for Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth) and Best Original Screenplay.

The film tied fellow Best Picture nominee 'Inception' in total Oscars, as the latter took home Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.

Much to the surprise of no one, Natalie Portman took the stage to graciously accept the award for Best Actress for her performance as the insane ballet dancer Nina Sayers in 'Black Swan.' This is Portman's first win and second overall nomination. She was previously nominated for her performance in Mike Nichols' 2004 drama 'Closer.'





In the supporting categories, Christian Bale's knockout performance in 'The Fighter' won him the award for Best Supporting Actor. Not only did Bale deliver a heartfelt and emotional speech, but he also managed to get the crowd laughing while also throwing out a plug to Dicky Eklund, the real-life boxer his role was based on.

'The Fighter' also scored well in the Best Supporting Actress category, which went to Bale's co-star Melissa Leo. Screen legend Kirk Douglas had the audience in tears of laughter, extending the presentation as long as he could, before handing Leo her award. For her part, Leo gave ABC's censors a startle with a surprise (and hilarious) F-bomb during her acceptance speech.

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Earlier in the show, Celine Dion sang the song 'Smile' during this year's In Memorium segment, which was followed by Halle Berry introducing a touching tribute to trailblazing actress Lena Horne.

Randy Newman, the man with the sexiest singing voice in the industry, took home the statue for Best Original Song for 'Toy Story 3' while simultaneously pointing out how stupid it is that the Academy couldn't be bothered to find a fifth song worth nominating.

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law took jabs at each other before presenting 'Inception' with the award for Best Visual Effects. The Oscar for Best Editing then went to 'The Social Network.'

Earlier in the show, Oprah took the stage to present the award for Best Documentary, which went to the eye-opening financial crisis doc, 'Inside Job.'

Best Documentary Short Subject went to 'Strangers No More,' while Best Live Action Short Film went to 'God of Love.' Best giant head of hair also went to 'God of Love' director Luke Matheny.


After Cate Blanchett proclaimed it was "gross," 'The Wolfman' took home the gold for Best Makeup. Immediately following that, 'Alice in Wonderland' won its second award of the night for Best Costume Design.

A duo of Aussies, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, presented the award for Best Original Score to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for 'The Social Network.' Sticking with audio, the awards for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing both went to 'Inception.'

Co-host James Franco -- wearing a beautiful pink dress -- handed off to presenters Helen Mirren and Russell Brand, who in turn handed Best Foreign Language Film to Denmark's 'In A Better World.'

As expected by all, Aaron Sorkin took home Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on 'The Social Network.' Sorkin wisely tipped his hat to the great film 'Network' in his speech. Adapted Screenplay was followed immediately by Best Original Screenplay, which was awarded to David Seidler for 'The King's Speech.'

Justin Timberlake jokingly revealed that he is, in fact, Banksy, though Mila Kunis quickly corrected him before giving out the award for Best Animated Short Film to 'The Lost Thing.' The two remained on stage to give Best Animated Feature Film to, of course, Best Picture nominee 'Toy Story 3.'

The very first award of the night went to 'Alice in Wonderland' for Best Art Direction. Presenter Tom Hanks remained on stage to hand 'Inception' with Best Cinematography.

See a full list of 2011 Oscar winners below.

WINNERS LIST:

Best Picture: 'The King's Speech'
Best Director: Tom Hooper, '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 Original Song: We Belong Together, 'Toy Story 3'
Best Editing: 'The Social Network'
Best Visual Effects: 'Inception'
Best Documentary: 'Inside Job'
Best Live Action Short Film: 'God of Love'
Best Documentary Short Subject: 'Strangers No More'
Best Costume Design: 'Alice in Wonderland'
Best Makeup: 'The Wolfman'
Best Sound Editing: 'Inception'
Best Sound Mixing: 'Inception'
Best Original Score: 'The Social Network'
Best Foreign Language Film: 'In A Better World'
Best Original Screenplay: 'The King's Speech'
Best Adapted Screenplay: 'The Social Network'
Best Animated Feature Film: 'Toy Story 3'
Best Animated Short Film: 'The Lost Thing'
Best Cinematography: 'Inception'
Best Art Direction: 'Alice in Wonderland'


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