Bafta best film winner The King’s Speech converted seven of its 14 nominations into wins as the 2011 ceremony played out at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday night .
Colin Firth and Black Swan’s Natalie Portman won the lead acting prizes and David Fincher was named best director for The Social Network.
In an evening of few surprises, The King’s Speech also won prizes for best British film as well as a pair of triumphs in the supporting actor categories for Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, who said on accepting her award: ”I’d like to thank the royal family, they’ve done wonders for my career.”
David Seidler’s original screenplay won its category, as did Alexandre Desplat’s score.
Tanya Seghatchian, Head of the UK Film Council’s Film Fund said it was a “triumph for the creators, cast and everyone involved with The King’s Speech,” and a “great validation for the UK film industry as a whole and an amazing legacy for the UK Film Council,” whilst Elstree Studios MD Roger Morris told Screen he was “so proud” of the fact that The King’s Speech used Elstree Studios, adding that “no other film in the 85 year history of Elstree Studios has won or been nominated for so many awards.”
The Social Network walked away with three Baftas for Fincher, Aaron Sorkin’s adapated screenplay and editing, whilst Christopher Nolan’s Inception also faired strongly in the technical categories picking up Baftas for best sound, production design and special visual effects.
Inception actor Tom Hardy beat off stiff competition from Andrew Garfield and Gemma Arterton to win the Orange Rising Star Award, with Chris Morris’ Four Lions named the Outstanding British debut feature.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo won the foreign film prize.
The Harry Potter films were honoured with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. JK Rowling, who collected the award along with stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, produer David Heyman and three of the Harry Potter directors, said it was “strange to remember how wary I was of letting anyone put Harry on the screen, and it was David Heyman who persuaded me. How right I was to trust him.”
Kevin Spacey, Samuel L Jackson, Tilda Swinton, Gerard Butler, Jessica Alba, Amy Adams, Thandie Newton and Rosamund Pike were amongst those handing out awards at last night’s starry ceremony.
It was followed by a three course dinner at the Grovesnor House Hotel in London, and a series of after parties around London.
BAFTA WINNERS 2011
The King’s Speech — Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
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 – Chris Morris (Director/Writer)
The Social Network — David Fincher
The King’s Speech — David Seidler
The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo — Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev
Toy Story 3 — Lee Unkrich
Colin Firth — The King’s Speech
Natalie Portman — Black Swan
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech
The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat
True Grit — Roger Deakins
The Social Network – Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
Inception – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
Alice In Wonderland – Colleen Atwood
Inception – Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Inception – Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb
MAKE UP & HAIR
Alice In Wonderland – Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch
The Eagleman Stag – Michael Please
Until The River Runs Red – Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis
THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD
Sir Christopher Lee
OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
The Harry Potter films