26 Jan 2011

King's Speech leads Oscar nominations

6:33 pm on 26 January 2011

British drama The King's Speech leads the nominations for this year's Oscars, with 12 nominations including for best picture.

Colin Firth has been nominated for his role as the stammering King George VI, while Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush - who played the King's unorthodox speech therapist - are up for best supporting actors.

True Grit, a Western remake about a young girl's quest to track down her father's killer, has 10 nominations.

In addition to best picture, it received acting nominations for Jeff Bridges and 14-year-old newcomer Hailee Steinfeld.

Sci-fi thriller Inception and the film about Facebook, The Social Network, each received eight nominations.

Other films nominated are Black Swan, The Fighter, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, Toy Story 3 and Winter's Bone.

For best actor, Firth goes up against Javier Bardem for Biutiful, Jeff Bridges for True Grit and James Franco for 127 Hours.

In the best actress category, Golden Globe winner Natalie Portman has been nominated for Black Swan, alongside Annette Bening The Kids Are All Right, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lawrence Rabbit Hole and Michelle Williams Blue Valentine.

Two New Zealand films, the documentary This Way of Life and the short film The Six Dollar Fifty Man, missed out on nominations.

Winners of the 83rd annual Academy Awards will be announced in Hollywood on 27 February.