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'King's Speech's Colin Firth honored by queen

June 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
British actor Colin Firth, who won an Oscar for portraying King George VI in "The King's Speech," was named Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday.

Commander of the British Empire, or CBE, is one title below knighthood, which means he won't be "sir" Colin Firth - at least not yet.

Recipients of the title are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public. Most of the honors go to those who are not in the limelight, but the title is awarded to a sprinkling of famous faces every now and then.

This year, 965 people will receive the CBE honor.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.