2011 BAFTA Winners: 'The King's Speech' Sweeps 7 Awards Including Best Film; David Fincher, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter

Tonight Oscar favorite Colin Firth won a second consecutive Lead Actor BAFTA (the British Oscars) at this year’s awards ceremony held at the Royal Opera House in London. He won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts prize for his role in A Single Man last year and this time was honoured for playing George VI in The King’s Speech. The late Rod Steiger was the last star to win the best actor BAFTA two years’ running (for The Pawnbroker in 1967 and In The Heat Of The Night in 1968). The King’s Speech nearly swept with 7 awards (it had 14 nominations in all). The Social Network won 3 awards including Best Director for David Fincher. Black Swan won one award for Natalie Portman in Lead Actress. Inception won 3 awards, Alice In Wonderland capured 2 awards, and both True Grit and Toy Story 3 took 1 each. The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star award, voted by the public, went to actor Tom Hardy. Jonathan Ross hosted this year’s ceremony. Sir Christopher Lee was honoured with the British Academy’s prestigious Fellowship while the Harry Potter films was given BAFTA’s Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema:

2011 BAFTA WINNERS (keep refreshing for updates)

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

DIRECTOR

THE SOCIAL NETWORK – David Fincher

SUPPORTING ACTOR

GEOFFREY RUSH – The King’s Speech

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

HELENA BONHAM CARTERThe King’s Speech

ANIMATED FILM

TOY STORY 3 – Lee Unkrich

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE SOCIAL NETWORK – Aaron Sorkin

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

THE KING’S SPEECH – David Seidler

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

THE KING’S SPEECH – Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

FOUR LIONS – Chris Morris (Director/Writer)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

TRUE GRIT – Roger Deakins

PRODUCTION DESIGN

INCEPTION – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat

EDITING

THE SOCIAL NETWORK – Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

SOUND

INCEPTION – Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

INCEPTION – Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb

ORIGINAL MUSIC

THE KING’S SPEECH – Alexandre Desplat

COSTUME DESIGN

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Colleen Atwood

MAKE UP & HAIR

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch

SHORT ANIMATION

THE EAGLEMAN STAG – Michael Please

SHORT FILM

UNTIL THE RIVER RUNS RED – Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD (voted by the public)

TOM HARDY

  1. How I wished How To Train Your Dragon won best original music.
    Are the BAFTAS usually a good indicator of what will win at the Oscars?

    1. Last year Firth won, Cary Mulligan won, and Reitan and Turner won. Yet Hurt Locker, Waltz, Monique, and UP won too.

      It’s odd. It’s 50/50. Look on previous. Winners at some BAFTAs would have been major upsets or impossible winners in that years oscars.

  2. There’s little question that Colin Firth is the Best Actor and Tom Hooper is the Best Director this year. The film is the best.

  3. if firth wins the bafta then dammit bridges should win the oscar.

    and damn them for not nominating melissa leo.

  4. Shouldn’t be a shock that “The Kings Speech” is doing so well at the BAFTAs, but Helena Bonham Carter winning!?! Really!?!? Come on! She slept walk through her performance and is riding on the coat tails of hype! This is coming from a guy who suffered a speech impediment in childhood and loved the movie.

  5. Hasn’t Tom Hardy been a “rising star” for about a decade now? Time to decide if he’s a real star or not…

    1. Had to laugh, the guy has been making pictures for over a decade. Love him, but sure points to the ludicrousness of the whole system.

    1. Geoffrey Rush was absolutely brilliant. Christian Bale’s performance, which I enjoyed, screamed “look, I’m an actor!!!”, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but let’s hear it for the subtlety of Rush.

      1. “his performance screamed “Look I am an actor.””

        Watch ANY video footage of the real life character he was potraying, and then rethink your comment. The BAFTAs are SUCH a joke, one rung lower than Golden globes in my book.

        1. You are quite the opinionated one, Mr Anonymous. I guess that makes you rather clever, especially as you have come up with such a strikingly original pseudonym.

          The British Baftas a joke you say. Well, maybe we don’t put on a five star superficial, bells and whistles floor show like you guys, but we seem to have transported all our actors, writers and above and below the line creative artists over your way – so what do you think that should tell you…..AND, for your information, Christian Bale is British TOO, that’s if you chose not to know.

      2. I totally agree. While Christian Bale is good, you have to give him his due, he works at it, Rush on the other hand is a master class. His effortless approach to acting is a delight to behold. He flicks his opposition away with a flourish. He becomes, he doesn’t just pretend.

  6. I hope Helena picks up the Oscar. She is long over due (deserved a nomination for Sweeney Todd!!) and Melissa Leo rubs me the wrong way.

    1. Bonham-Carter’s performance is the least impressive in the category and a win over either Leo or Steinfeld would be a travesty.

  7. This year will be interesting as they gave Kings Speech Best Film AND Best BRITISH Film but gave Fincher Best Director for the Social Network….Christian Bale lost to Kings Speech’s Geoffrey Rush (British film bias) and Melissa Leo loast to (Brit) Helena Bonham Carter…so they get some right but are prone to favor their own. (I say that and I am British).

  8. of course they go all gaga for a perfectly fine, perfectly safe movie about their monarchy. yawn. is it 2011 yet?

  9. I’m not surprised The King’s Speech swept. I am surprised that said sweeping cost Christian Bale the much-deserved Best Supporting Actor BAFTA. I hope this doesn’t hurt his Oscar chances as he is by far more deserving than Rush. I like Carter, but I’m unsure if she deserved the win, though it wasn’t highway robbery like Rush. The only major surprise is that Fincher kept Best Director! There is hope yet that the most deserving will still win the Oscar.

    And yay for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. A really underrated film that the Academy is ignoring so they can shower the American version with gold in a year.

  10. Strange- no documentary category. I wonder why. Predictable winners in the other categories. Oscar night will be snoozer for sure.

  11. Ah, what do British (or Foreigners) know about film anyway. Nothing!
    ‘Social Network’ will sweep the Oscars, and rightfully so.

    1. Oh please, do your home work. Most of Hollywood is made up of British and so called ‘Foreign’ workers, and that is in ALL areas of the film industry, right across the board. They seek America for the constant work and the big pay load.

      Check out the accents the next time you watch an award show, you moron!

  12. A set of results I’m generally happy with. Rush gave an excellent performance in the film and while I’d have bet on Bale winning he’s likely still the safe bet for the Oscars and I will not grudge Rush the win.

    Same with Carter/Leo. For Rush and Carter the BAFTA’s are consolation prizes because they have little chance at the Oscar’s (certainly in Carter’s case). Sure, the BAFTA’s sometimes favour the homegrown contenders but we sure as hell can say that the Golden Globe’s and Oscars have been guilty of doing the same in past years. Helen Hunt in 1997 comes to mind.

    Hopefully this all but locks Firth and Portman for the Oscars however, two excellent performances which they will both deserve to win for if they do.

    1. but Bale doesn’t act more in some british movies since 13 years

      for the joke, Charlize Theron,Day Lewis and Cotillard ask where they must give back their prizes!

  13. Glad that THE KING”S SPEECH,Colin Firth, and the supporting cast won. They all were deserving and lets hope OSCAR follows suit in two weeks. Long live THE KING.

    1. I agree. While Firth and TKS were virtually locks, I was so thrilled with Rush’s win and was pleasantly surprised by Carter’s. I’m hoping Rush will upset at the Oscars, but Carter has no shot!

  14. i mean, 7/14 is awesome, but i’m not sure how that constitutes an “almost swept”

    thank god hooper lost. least deserving of the directors, IMO.

    will be happy to see either TKS or TSN win on oscar night.

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