It was film's biggest night, and after a year of box office battles, politicking and smaller statuettes, Hollywood immortality was handed out tonight.
"The King's Speech" was crowned the Best Picture; the World War II-set drama about friendship, trust and overcoming the odds beat out nine other films, including Golden Globe winner "The Social Network". It's the first time the Academy has awarded a film about British Royalty the top slot.
"The King's Speech" star Colin Firth took home Best Actor, finishing off a remarkable sweep of the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and now, Hollywood's biggest prize for a leading man. The awards are just rewards for his portrayal of King George VI, the stuttering, reluctant World War II-era royal that had to overcome a debilitating stutter to inspire his nation as the Nazis rained bombs down on England.
"Black Swan" star Natalie Portman was awarded Best Actress, giving her every major statuette in film this year. She won the Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award and now, with the Oscar, the sacrifice - she starved and tortured herself to get in shape for her powerful performance in the ballet psycho-thriller - was all worth it.
Christian Bale took home Best Supporting actor for his emaciated, frantic and empathetic performance in "The Fighter" wowed audiences and maybe even scared them a bit with its dead-on accuracy.
Also, pay special attention to brand new hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway, an unusual pair that has people very, very curious as to what they'll come up with.
For all the nominees, click here. Without further ado, the winners:
Here's the full list of winners:
1. Best Picture: "The King's Speech."
2. Actor: Colin Firth, "The King's Speech."
3. Actress: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan."
4. Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, "The Fighter."
5. Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, "The Fighter."
6. Directing: Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech."
7. Foreign Language Film: "In a Better World," Denmark.
8. Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network."
9. Original Screenplay: David Seidler, "The King's Speech."
10. Animated Feature Film: "Toy Story 3."
11. Art Direction: "Alice in Wonderland."
12. Cinematography: "Inception."
13. Sound Mixing: "Inception."
14. Sound Editing: "Inception."
15. Original Score: "The Social Network," Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
16. Original Song: "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3," Randy Newman.
17. Costume Design: "Alice in Wonderland."
18. Documentary Feature: "Inside Job."
19. Documentary (short subject): "Strangers No More."
20. Film Editing: "The Social Network."
21. Makeup: "The Wolfman."
22. Animated Short Film: "The Lost Thing."
23. Live Action Short Film: "God of Love."
24. Visual Effects: "Inception."