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Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter are seen in The Kings Speech. - Provided courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Oscar winners 2011: 'The King's Speech's Tom Hooper wins Academy Award for 'Best Directing'

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02/27/2011 by Corinne Heller

"The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper won the Academy Award for Best Directing on Sunday, marking his first win and nomination.

He beat Darren Aronofsky of "Black Swan," Joel and Ethan Coen of "True Grit," David O. Russell of "The Fighter" and David Fincher of "The Social Network."

"This is an extraordinary honor," Hooper said on stage. "I know there's been a lot of thanking of mums. She rang me up and said, 'Tom, I think I've found your next film.' So with this tonight, I honor you. And the moral of the story is - listen to your mother."

Earlier, "The King's Speech" screenwriter David Seilder won the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay).

"The King's Speech" stars Colin Firth as the stuttering UK monarch King George VI. Helena Bonham Carter plays Queen Elizabeth, his wife, and Geoffrey Rush portrays the king's speech therapist.

The movie was nominated for 12 Oscars, including ones for Firth, Bonham Carter and Rush, as well as Best Picture.

Hooper also directed the miniseries "John Adams" in 2008 and won an Emmy for directing the miniseries "Elizabeth I," which was released in 2005 and stars Helen Mirren and Hugh Dancy.

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