The pair took home Best Actor and actress for their roles in The King’s Speech and Black Swan
One of the night’s big winners, Colin’s historical hit The King’s Speech swept the board at the show, taking home four awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
The Brit Actor thanked ‘all the people who have been routing for me back home,’ as well as wife, ‘Livia, for putting up with my fleeting delusions of royalty.’
Blooming Natalie Portman – who dressed her baby bump in a dazzling Rodarte gown – wiped tears from her eyes as she stepped on stage to receive her Black Swan Best Actress prize, thanking her parents and fiancé in a gushing speech.
‘I want to thank my parents, first and foremost for giving me my life. And for the opportunity to work at such a young age,’ she said, adding: ‘My beautiful love Benjamin Millepied who choreographed the film and has now given me my most important role of my life.’
Melissa Leo pipped Amy Adams and 14-year-old star Hailee Steinfeld to the Best Supporting Actress award, while Christian Bale beat Geoffrey Rush and Mark Ruffalo to take home Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter.
Other big winners included Leonardo DiCaprio’s hit Inception, which won a host of technical awards – including Visual Effects– and Facebook flick The Social Network, which won Best Editing, Adapted Screenplay and Original Score.
As the three-hour ceremony came to close, the stars were getting set to party into the night at one of Hollywood’s host of glittering post-award bashes.
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