12 Oscar nominations for 'King's Speech'

Colin Firth portrays King George VI, left, and Helena Bonham Carter portrays the Queen Mother in a scene from, "The King's Speech." (AP)

"The King's Speech," a British drama detailing the efforts of wartime monarch King George VI to overcome a fierce stammer, led the Oscar field on Tuesday with 12 nominations.

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

The sci-fi thriller "Inception" and the Facebook drama "The Social Network" received eight nominations each.

All four will vie for the coveted best picture Oscar, alongside "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours," "Toy Story 3" and "Winter's Bone."

Additionally, directing nominations went to "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The King's Speech," "The Social Network" and "True Grit."

As in recent years there was little surprise among the leading contenders. "The Social Network" has dominated various awards ceremonies leading up to the Oscars, including the Critics Choice and Golden Globe awards.

But the drama hit a major road block last Saturday when "The King's Speech" was the surprise winner of the top award at the Producers Guild Awards, an event that has been in sync with the Academy Awards 70 percent of the time.

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

"The King's Speech" was released by the Weinstein Co, which is privately held. "True Grit" and "The Fighter" were released by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc.

"The Social Network" was released by Columbia Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp. "Inception" was released by Warner Bros Pictures, a unit of Time Warner Inc.

"The Kids Are All Right" was released by Focus Features, a unit of General Electric Co's NBC Universal. "Toy Story 3" was released by Walt Disney Pictures, a unit of Walt Disney Co. "Winter's Bone" was released by Roadside Attractions, which is privately held.

"127 Hours" and "Black Swan" were released by Fox Searchlight, a unit of News Corp.

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