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A Royal Flush for The King's Speech

Date posted: 16.02.2011

The King's Speech took home both the Best Film and the Outstanding British Film awards following its  huge success premiering at the BFI London Film Festival last October. Colin Firth was rewarded with the Best Actor prize for his portrayal of the inhibited royal overcoming a debilitating speech impediment, whilst Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter picked up awards for their supporting roles as the King's unorthodox speech therapist and devoted wife. The King's Speech also received the Original Screenplay award for veteran screenwriter David Seidler.

A deserved award for Original Music went to the brilliant Alexandre Desplat, who has scored films as diverse as Lust, Caution, A Prophet and the Harry Potter series, as well as The King's Speech.

Christopher Nolan's mind-bending blockbuster Inception took home a clutch of awards for Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects. Best Actress went to Natalie Portman for her transformative turn as aspiring ballet dancer Nina Sayers in Darren Aronofksy's excellent psychological thriller Black Swan. Another big winner of the evening, The Social Network - David Fincher's chronicle of the founding of Facebook - received three awards for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing.

British film-making was rewarded elsewhere with Chris Morris receiving the prize for Outstanding Debut by a Writer, Producer or Director, for his film Four Lions. A controversial satire about four inept Islamic terrorists, Four Lions was also nominated for the Outstanding British Film award, but lost out to the unstoppable The King's Speech. The Eagleman Stag, a surreal stop-motion animation by London based Michael Please (who was nominated alongside his two best friends and fellow Royal College of Arts graduates David Prosser and Matthias Hoegg) picked up the Short Animation award.

JK Rowling and producer David Heyman were also in the BAFTA® audience to accept a special award for the remarkable achievement of the Harry Potter movie series. Harry Potter has been a fixture on the UK film scene for the last ten years, creating thousands of jobs, a world-beating British brand and a showcase for the very best that the British film industry has to offer.

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