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Oscars: 11 Past Best Actor winners

Colin Firth won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2011 for his role in 'The King's Speech,' marking the British actor's first win and second nomination. 'The King's Speech' stars Colin Firth as the stuttering UK monarch King George VI. Helena Bonham Carter plays Queen Elizabeth I. The movie was nominated for 12 Oscars, including acting nods for Firth, Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush, who plays the king's speech therapist. It won four, including Best Picture. In 2010, Firth was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the drama movie 'A Single Man.' He played a professor who struggles to cope with the sudden death of his partner. (Pictured: Best Actor Colin Firth poses backstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 27, 2011.) <span class=meta>(Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.)</span>
February 23, 2012 6:12:43 PM PST