‘The King’s Speech’ Tops Oscar Nominations

New York Times ~ CARPETBAGGER

By MICHAEL CIEPLY AND BROOKS BARNES

9:02 a.m. | Updated LOS ANGELES — Reality touched the Oscars on Tuesday, as three nonfiction dramas, plus one dark fantasy about a demented ballerina and one old-fashioned western grabbed dozens of nominations in a brawl for top honors at the 83rd Academy Awards.

“The King’s Speech,” about friendship and speech therapy, secured the largest number of nominations, with 12, including best picture, best director (for Tom Hooper) and best actor (for Colin Firth as a stammering King George VI). The film had just won top honors from the Producers Guild of America over the weekend.

“The Social Network,” an unauthorized look at the Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, was close behind, with nominations including best picture. David Fincher was nominated for his directing, Aaron Sorkin for the script, and Jesse Eisenberg for starring as Mr. Zuckerberg, as the film continued to pile up honors, including a Golden Globe for best drama last week.

But a clutch of rivals also showed nominations strength.

Along with “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network,” “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “True Grit,” “Kids Are All Right, “Inception,” “127 Hours,” “Toy Story 3″ and “Winter’s Bone” received best picture nominations.

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