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Royalty tops Academy nominations

(NBC) - "The King's Speech" led the way with 12 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor Tuesday morning.

"You wait 50 years for something, a moment like this, it's celebration enough," Best Actor nominee Colin Firth said.

Golden Globe winner for best drama, "The Social Network," is also in the Best Picture race along with the thriller "Black Swan," the boxing drama "The Fighter," the sci-fi epic "Inception" and family drama "The Kids Are All Right."

"Toy Story 3" also grabbed a Best Picture nomination, along with one for best animated film. Other best picture contenders include the real life survival drama "127 Hours," the crime thriller "Winter's Bone" and the western remake "True Grit," which ran second to "The King's Speech" with 10 nominations overall.

"There are some people who think 'True Grit' is capable of pulling an upset, but I think it's a two-picture race between 'The King's Speech' and the 'Social Network,'" said Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly.

"True Grit" star Jeff Bridges has a chance to make it back to back wins as best actor. His competition includes not only Colin Firth but also Jesse Eisenberg of "The Social Network," Javier Bardem of "Biutiful" and James Franco of "127 Hours."

Golden Globe winners Natalie Portman of "Black Swan" and Annette Benning of "The Kids Are All Right" will go head-to-head in the Best Actress race, looking to pull an upset will be Nicole Kidman of "Rabbit Hole," Michelle Williams of "Blue Valentine" and first-time nominee Jennifer Lawrence of "Winter's Bone."

The awards will be handed out Feb. 27.

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