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2011 Oscar: Natalie Portman and Colin Firth Are Best Actress and Actor

February 28, 2011 (4:42 am) GMT
On her acceptance speech, Portman credits director Darren Aronofsky who loses best director prize to 'The King's Speech' helmer Tom Hooper.
2011 Oscar: Natalie Portman and Colin Firth Are Best Actress and Actor

is officially the best actress in 2010. After hauled in various award events throughout the year for her role in "", the Academy Awards recognizes her great acting with Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role trophy.

The currently pregnant star thanks "everyone who's ever hired me" for her win, and calls director Darren Aronofsky "a fearless leader." She wins the kudo after being nominated in the category along with (""), (""), ("") and ("")

Aronofsky, unfortunately, loses best director title to "" helmer Tom Hooper. The England-born filmmaker additionally edges out David O. Russell (""), David Fincher ("") as well as Joel and Ethan Coen ("") for the prize.

"Thank you to all the members of the Academy. This is an extraordinary honor," Hooper states on his acceptance speech. "The morale of the story is listen to your mother." He also gives credits to the movie's actors and .

Later, Firth also takes the stage to deliver his own speech as he is chosen as best lead actor for his portrayal of King George VI in the British royal drama. "I have a feeling my career's just peaked," he says after receiving the award from last year's best actress winner, .



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