Britain's Oscar hopes pinned on 'King' Colin as 'The King's Speech' leads nominations
He won a coveted Golden Globe, and scored a BAFTA nod. Now Colin Firth could achieve an awards season triple whammy after being shortlisted for an Oscar.
The 50-year-old star of The King's Speech, which tells the tale of how stammering King George VI battled his problem, is vying for the best actor gong against Javier Bardem, Jeff Bridges, Jesse Eisenberg and James Franco.
Fellow Brit and co-star in the film – which leads the Academy Award nominations with 12 nods in total - Helena Bonham Carter, has been handed a shot at glory in the best supporting actress category.
Joining her are Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Hayley Steinfeld and Jackie Weaver.
Natalie Portman, whose portrayal of a tortured ballerina in psychological thriller Black Swan has won her many plaudits, is up for the leading actress trophy.
She must see off competition from Nicole Kidman, Michelle Williams, Jennifer Lawrence and Annette Bening.
In the best supporting actor category, Welsh-born star Christian Bale has made the grade for his turn in boxing film The Fighter. He's up against John Hawkes, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Geoffrey Rush.
Trailing The King's Speech with the second highest number of nods is the Coen brothers' new drama True Grit. It scored ten nominations. Meanwhile both Inception and The Social Network clocked up eight nods a piece.
Oscar nominees 2011
- Best motion picture of the year - Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter's Bone.
- Performance by an actor in a leading role - Javier Bardem in Biutiful, Jeff Bridges in True Grit, Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network, Colin Firth in The King's Speech, James Franco in 127 Hours.
- Performance by an actor in a supporting role - Christian Bale in The Fighter, John Hawkes in Winter's Bone, Jeremy renner in The Town, Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right, Geoffrey Rush in The King's Speech.
- Performance by an actress in a leading role - Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right, Nicole Kidman in Rabbit Hole, Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone, Natalie Portman in Black Swan, Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine.
- Performance by an actress in a supporting role - Amy Adams in The Fighter, Helena Bonham Carter in The King's Speech, Melissa Leo in The Fighter, Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit, Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom
- Achievement in directing - Darren Aronofsy for The Black Swan, David O. Russell for The Fighter, Tom Hooper for The King's Speech, David Fincher for The Social Network, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for True Grit