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83rd annual Academy Award nominations announced [SLIDESHOW]

Nominees for the 83rd annual Academy Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles.

The King’s Speech leads the pack with 12 nominations, including a best actor nomination for Colin Firth, and best supporting actress and actor nominations for Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

The ten films competing for Best Picture at the 83rd Academy Awards are Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter’s Bone.

Natalie Portman leads the Best Actress race for her critically acclaimed portrayal of a disturbed ballerina in Black Swan. Portman will compete against Annette Bening, (The Kids are Alright) Michelle Williams, (Blue Valentine) Nicole Kidman, (Rabbit Hole) and Jennifer Lawrence, (Winter’s Bone).

Jeff Bridges, last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Actor, is nominated again this year for his lead role in True Grit. Bridges will compete against Colin Firth, (The King’s Speech) James Franco, (127 Hours) Jesse Eisenberg, (The Social Network) and Javier Bardem, (Biutiful) for the Oscar.

Golden Globe winners Christian Bale and Melissa Leo of The Fighter are the anticipated front-runners in the race for Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively.  Notably absent from the supporting actress category is Mila Kunis, who delivered a strong performance in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller, Black Swan — after a Golden Globe nomination, the Academy snub comes as quite a surprise for fans.

The Social Network’s David Fincher, winner of Best Director at the Golden Globes, will compete against Darren Aronofsky, (Black Swan) Tom Hooper, (The King’s Speech) Joel and Ethan Coen, (True Grit) and David O. Russell, (The Fighter) for the Academy Award.

The 83rd annual Academy Awards, hosted by Anne Hathaway and Best Actor nominee, James Franco, will air on February 27.

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  • This undated publicity image released by Columbia Pictures shows Jesse Eisenberg, left, and Joseph Mazzello in a scene from the movie, "The Social Network." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures, Merrick Morton)
  • In this publicity image released by Focus Features, Annette Bening, left, and Julianne Moore are shown in a scene from "The Kids are All Right." The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best film, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. (AP Photo/Focus Features, Suzanne Tenner)
  • In this film publicity image released by Fox Searchlight, Natalie Portman is shown in a scene from "Black Swan." The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best film, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.  (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Niko Tavernise)
  • In this publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Christian Bale, and Mark Wahlberg, right, are shown in a scene from, "The Fighter." The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best film, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Jojo Whilden)
  • In this film publicity image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence is shown in a scene from "Winter's Bone." The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best film, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. (AP Photo/Lionsgate)
  • In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros., Leonardo DiCaprio is shown in a scene from "Inception." The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best film, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.  (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Melissa Moseley)
  • In this Dec. 7, 2010 photo, actress Nicole Kidman, from the film "Rabbit Hole", poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif. Kidman was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for her role in "Rabbit Hole,"  Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
  • In this Dec. 13, 2010 file photo, actress Michelle Williams attends a Cinema Society screening of "Blue Valentine" in New York. Williams was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress for her role in "Blue Valentine,"  Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)
  • In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Jeff Bridges is shown in a scene from, "True Grit." Bridges was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for his role in "True Grit,"  Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Lorey Sebastian)
  • In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, actor James Franco attends the "127 Hours" film premiere at Chelsea Clearview Cinema in New York. Franco was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for his role in "127 Hours,"  Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
  • In this Dec. 10, 2010 file photo, Amy Adams attends a screening of 'The Fighter' hosted by The Cinema Society in New York. Adams was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in "The Fighter,"  Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
  • In this undated film publicity image released by Fox Searchlight, director Darren Aronofsky, left, and Natalie Portman are shown during the filming of "Black Swan." Aronofsky was nominated for an Academy Award for best director for "Black Swan." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Niko Tavernise)