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Colin Firth, Melissa Leo, Randy Newman, Natalie Portman, Aaron Sorkin, et al. Win Academy Awards

Natalie Portman in Black Swan
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards were presented on Sunday, February 27 and aired live on ABC. Anne Hathaway and James Franco co-hosted the ceremony.

Best Picture was awarded to The King's Speech, while Tom Hooper was named Best Director for his work on the film. Acting winners included stage veterans Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), and Melissa Leo (The Fighter). In addition, Christian Bale was named Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter.

Playwright Aaron Sorkin won Best Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network, while Best Original Screenplay was awarded to David Seidler for The King's Speech. The award for Best Animated Film was given to Toy Story 3.

Best Original Song was given to Randy Newman for "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won Best Original Score for The Social Network.

Other honored films included Alice In Wonderland, God of Love, In a Better World, Inception, Inside Job, The Lost Thing, Strangers No More, and The Wolfman.

Presenters included Amy Adams, Javier Bardem, Annette Bening, Halle Berry, Kathryn Bigelow, Cate Blanchett, Russell Brand, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Kirk Douglas, Robert Downey, Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Hudson, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Mila Kunis, Jude Law, Matthew McConaughey, Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey, Steven Spielberg, Hilary Swank, Justin Timberlake, Marisa Tomei, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon.

Performers at the event included Celine Dion, Gwyneth Patlrow, Alan Menken, Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Florence Welch, A.R. Rahman, and the students of P.S.22 in Staten Island.

Stage veterans who received acting nominations included Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right), Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech), and Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine).

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