By Gabriela Resto-Montero
MANHATTAN — "The King's Speech" ruled over the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday by winning four Oscars, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director.
Actor Colin Firth took home the Oscar for Best Actor in his role as King George VI, who works to overcome a stutter in the film. "The King's Speech" also earned Tom Hooper an Oscar nod for Best Director, beating out "The Social Network" director David Fincher.
New York native Natalie Portman won a Best Actress Oscar for her role as a dancer in "Black Swan". The heavily pregnant Portman, wearing a wine-colored Rodarte design, thanked her fiancee and co-star Benjamine Millepied for giving her the most important role of her life.
Supporting actor nods went to the Boston-based boxing flick, "The Fighter." Christian Bale won Best Supporting Actor for his role as the drug addled half-brother of boxer Micky Ward in the film. Melissa Leo took home the Best Supporting Actress ward for her role as Ward's mother.
Leo clapped her hand to her mouth after accidentally slipping the F-word into her acceptance speech, providing one of the most surprising moments of the evening.
TriBeCa-based filmmaker Charles Ferguson nabbed an Oscar in the Best Documentary feature category for his look at the economic meltdown in his film "Inside Job".
Not every New Yorker was able to win Oscar gold.
New York native Jesse Eisenberg failed to take home honors in the Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network", a film chronicling the inception of Facebook during Zuckerberg's undergrad days at Harvard University.
Actor Mark Ruffalo rounded out the Manhattan assault on the Oscars Sunday with his Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as the sperm donor to a lesbian couple's family in "The Kids are All Right."
Staten Island's P.S. 22 choir, made up of the school's fifth graders, closed the ceremony with a rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
James Franco, a former graduate student at both Columbia University and New York University, hosted the event with Brooklyn-born Anne Hathaway.