BAFTAs Wrap-Up: Will ‘The King’s Speech’ Sweep Continue at the Oscars?

Colin Firth with Helena Bonham Carter

The King’s Speech, the period drama about King George VI’s struggle to overcome a stutter, won seven BAFTAs at yesterday’s ceremony (February 13). Its haul included awards for Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Score, and Best Original Screenplay (David Seidler). The film’s one major loss came in the Director category, in which The Social Network‘s David Fincher prevailed over Tom Hooper, director of King’s Speech.

The King’s Speech‘s dominance at the BAFTAs looks to be at least partially repeated at February 27′s Academy Awards, where it will be the frontrunner for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Score. Bonham Carter and Rush’s wins look a bit more iffy, with The Fighter stars Melissa Leo and Christian Bale tipped to win in the Supporting categories. (Notably, Leo was not even nominated for a BAFTA.)

As Leah Rozen explained in her piece earlier this week, BAFTA and Oscar don’t always line up. Last year’s winners, Firth and Carey Mulligan, failed to win Academy Awards. (The Oscars went to Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock.)

Oscar favorite Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her mentally and physically draining performance in Black Swan. The very pregnant star couldn’t make the transatlantic trip to appear at the ceremony.

In addition to Fincher’s Director gong, The Social Network picked up Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing.

The British public voted Inception star Tom Hardy as the winner of the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star award, which is given to a promising screen newcomer.

Sir Christopher Lee, best known as Dracula in the Hammer Horror film series, won the Academy Fellowship. Director Tim Burton presented the 88-year-old star with his honor. Here’s his emotional acceptance speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dbtbk3V19A

Here’s the full list of winners:

Academy Fellowship
Sir Christopher Lee

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
The Harry Potter Films

Best Film
The King’s Speech

Outstanding British Film
The King’s Speech

Outstanding Debut By a British Writer, Director, or Producer
Four Lions

Director
The Social Network – David Fincher

Original Screenplay
The King’s Speech – David Seidler

Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin

Film Not in the English Language
The Girl in the Dragon Tattoo

Animated Film
Toy Story 3

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

Original Music
The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat

Cinematography
True Grit

Editing
The Social Network

Production Design
Inception

Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland

Sound
Inception

Special Visual Effects
Inception

Makeup & Hair
Alice in Wonderland

Short Animation
The Eagleman Stag

Short Film
Until the River Runs Red

Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award
Tom Hardy

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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