“The King’s Speech” tops Oscar nods

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“The King’s Speech” tops Oscar nods

“The King’s Speech,” a British drama film about wartime monarch King George VI’s struggle to overcome a crippling stammer, led the Oscar field on Tuesday with 12 nominations, including best picture.

Awards season favorite Colin Firth was nominated for his lead role in “The King’s Speech” as the father of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth.

“[I’m] not used to this much joy, or this much champagne at this hour,” Firth, 50, said in a statement.

His co-stars were also nominated for their supporting roles in the Weinstein Co. release: Helena Bonham Carter as the king’s wife and Australian actor Geoffrey Rush as the untrained speech therapist who ignores royal protocol by delving into the psyche of his reluctant client.

Columbia Pictures’ Facebook drama, “The Social Network,” which dominated various critics awards leading up to the Oscar nominations, received eight nominations, tying with Warner Bros.’ hit sci-fi thriller “Inception.”

The Academy Awards will held be on Feb. 27.

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