‘King’s Speech’ & ‘Inception’ each win four Oscars while ‘Social Network’ settles for three

This year’s Academy Awards were an echo of three years ago as the Best Picture winner took home just three other Oscars for directing, writing and acting. For this year’s top champ “The King’s Speech,” those awards went to helmer Tom Hooper, lead actor Colin Firth and original scripter David Seidler.

In 2007, the top prize went to “No Country for Old Men” with Joel  & Ethan Coen winning both the directing and adapted screenplay races and Javier Bardem taking the supporting actor award.

This year, the brothers were back in the hunt as their “True Grit” remake reaped 10 nominations but was completely shut out. Three other Best Picture nominees also went home without Oscars: “127 Hours” (6 bids), “The Kids Are All Right” (4) and “Winter’s Bone” (4).

“Inception” also won four Academy Awards, with expected victories in the two sound races as well as visual effects and a suprise win for lenser Wally Pfister. While he had prevailed with the American Society of Cinematographers, it was widely expected that Roger Deakins (“True Grit”) would finally win with his ninth bid.

“The Social Network” won three Oscars for adapted screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), editing and score. Three years ago, “The Bourne Ultimatum” won editing and the two sound prizes.

Three films won a pair of Academy Awards each this year. “The Fighter” featured players Christian Bale and Melissa Leo became the eighth pair of supporting performers from the same film to win Oscars. “Alice in Wonderland” won for art direction and costumes. And “Toy Story 3” won the animated feature award as well as best song for perennial Oscars also-ran Randy Newman. In 2007, two films — “La Vie en Rose” and “There Will Be Blood” — both won twice.

Best Actress Natalie Portman represented the only win out of the five bids for “Black Swan” while “The Wolfman” won its only race — makeup.

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