The Royal drama won half the 14 awards it was up for, including Best Film, Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter and Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush.
The King’s Speech ruled at the Baftas, winning seven awards including best film and best actor for Colin Firth, the BBC informs. As expected, Firth won the judges’ vote for his regal performance as King George VI during the Sunday evening ceremony. Firth picked up the Best Actor Bafta last year for A Single Man and became only the second actor to win it two years in a row. The last was Rod Steiger back in 1967. According to SkyNews, in his acceptance speech, Firth said: “I like coming here, thank you Bafta.” He also thanked his family for “remaining so steady whether they are dealing with a dancing queen or a sometime king”. David Fincher was named Best Director for The Social Network, and Natalie Portman took the Best Actress prize for her portrayal of a demented ballerina in Black Swan. The King’s Speech has not only been a big hit with the critics but at the box office as well, taking around £1m a day in the UK alone. It tells the story of how a ‘common colonial’ helped George VI overcome his chronic stammer at a time when the king, at the outbreak of World War II, was supposed to be the voice of the people. The awards ceremony, at the Royal Opera House, ended with a standing ovation for veteran actor Sir Christopher Lee – famous for his horror film roles and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
LIST OF KEY WINNERS”
Academy Fellowship – Christopher Lee
Best Film – The King’s Speech; Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
Leading Actor – Colin Firth; The King’s Speech; Leading Actress – Natalie Portman; Black Swan;
Supporting Actor – Geoffrey Rush;
The King’s Speech
Supporting Actress – Helena Bonham Carter; The King’s Speech
Director – The Social Network;
Outstanding British Film – The King’s Speech; Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin; Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer – Four Lions;
Original Screenplay – The King’s Speech; David Seidler
Adapted Screenplay – The Social Network; Aaron Sorkin