The King’s Speech dominated this year’s BAFTA Awards, reeling in a total of seven awards, including best actor for Golden Globe winner Colin Firth.
Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush also picked up awards for their performances in the Oscar-nominated film – for best supporting actress and best supporting actor respectively.
It also won awards for best film, outstanding British film, best score and best original screenplay.
Firth, who plays King George VI in the film, had also won the BAFTA Award for best actor last year for his role in A Single Man, and joked after Sunday night’s win: “I like coming here.”
Bonham Carter, who plays Queen Elizabeth, said: “I’m so used to losing, it’s quite a strange feeling to win.”
The film is about the friendship that develops between the King, who has a stammer, and his unorthodox speech therapist, played by Rush.
“It’s amazing this little film seems to have spoken to the world and I’m deeply moved by that,” said the film’s writer, David Seidler.
“For a stutterer, a stammerer, to be heard is a wonderful thing.”
The Social Network‘s David Fincher picked up the award for best director, with the film’s stars, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, accepting the award on Fincher’s behalf.
“As exhilarating as they are to watch they are as exhilarating to act in,” Eisenberg said of the Oscar-nominated film.
Golden Globe winner Natalie Portman, who was not present due to being heavily pregnant, won the best actress award for her role as a tortured prima ballerina in the psychological thriller Black Swan.
The Harry Potter films were honoured for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema.
The books’ writer, JK Rowling, said: “It’s been one of the best experiences of my life.”
Actor Sir Christopher Lee was honoured with the Academy’s prestigious Fellowship.View Comments