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'King's Speech' rules batch of Oscar bait

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By Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — This Academy Awards season seems all over but the coronation.
“The King’s Speech” won top prizes over the weekend from Hollywood actors and directors, securing its standing as the film to beat at the Feb. 27 Oscars, whose winners mostly look like foregone conclusions.
Front-runners coasted to victory at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards — lead performers Colin Firth as Queen Elizabeth II’s stuttering dad in “The King’s Speech” and Natalie Portman as a ballerina going off her rocker in “Black Swan,” plus supporting players Christian Bale as a boxer on the skids and Melissa Leo as his doting but domineering mother in “The Fighter.”
“The King’s Speech” also won the SAG award for overall acting ensemble. A day earlier, the film was an upset winner at the Directors Guild of America Awards, where its filmmaker Tom Hooper triumphed over David Fincher, who had been considered the favorite for “The Social Network.”
While Fincher’s Facebook chronicle dominated at the Golden Globes and critics’ awards early in the season, momentum abruptly shifted to “The King’s Speech” in barely a week.


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