Out in Hollywood, Oscar nominations have been announced, and the movie about a king with a speech impediment rules.
A stuttering king and a stumbling gunslinger are among the Best Picture nominees. “The King's Speech” leads the pack with 12 nominations. The remake of “True Grit” surprised Hollywood when it grabbed 10 nods.
“The Social Network” about the founder of facebook and “The Fighter” each had eight nominations. The other Best Picture nominees: “Black Swan”, “The Kids are All Right”, “Inception”, “Toy Story 3”, “Winter's bone” and “127 Hours”.
Actor James Franco will have to do some juggling Oscar night. He's the first best actor nominee in nearly 40 years to host the show, but he's got some stiff competition.
Golden Globe winner Colin Firth is up for his role in “The King's Speech.” Last year's Oscar winner Jeff Bridges is nominated for “True Grit”, Javier Bardem for “Biutiful” and Jesse Eisenberg for “The Social Network.”
And in what could be one of the most hotly contested races, Annette Benning is nominated for “The Kids are All Right.”
She faces Natalie Portman who gave a haunting performance in the psycho thriller “Black Swan.”
Rounding out the category are Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”, Michele Williams in “Blue Valentine” and newcomer Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone.”
Actress Anne Hathaway will join James Franco in sharing hosting duties February 27 on Oscar night.