July 19, 2019

The Kings Speech dominates Bafta awards

I take the mask away and surprise! It is me - Colin Firth. Now officially more famous than Hugh Grant.

The King’s Speech has won seven Bafta awards at a glittering ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House hosted by Jonathan Ross.

The film about King George VI and his battle with a speech impediment won best film, most outstanding British film, best score and best original screenplay.

It was in the acting awards that it shone the brightest, with Colin Firth who played King George VI, winning best actor. Helena Bonham Carter won best supporting actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth.

Australian actor Geoffry Rush picked up best supporting actor for his portrayal of the kings speech therapist.

Firth is the first star to win the best actor Bafta two years’ running since Rod Steiger won back-to-back Baftas for The Pawnbroker in 1967 and In the Heat of the Night in 1968.

The films writer David Seidler said “It’s amazing this little film seems to have spoken to the world and I’m deeply moved by that. For a stutterer, a stammerer, to be heard is a wonderful thing.”

Other notable winners at the Bafta’s were:

David Fincher – best director for The Social Network. The film about the creation of Facebook also won best adapted screenplay and best editing.

Natalie Portman won best actress for Black Swan.

Toy Story 3 won best animation feature film.

Best foreign film went to the Swedish film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Inception picked up best sound, production design, and special effects.

Roger Deakins won the best cinematography prize for Western re-make True Grit.

Sir Christopher Lee received the Academy’s Fellowship award.

Prizes for best make-up and hair and best costumes went to Alice in Wonderland.

The Harry Potter films were honoured for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema.

Newswarped likes awards ceremonies like the Bafta’s because aside from the actors, they honour the technical work that goes on behind the scenes. Work done by talented people who we never see featured on the red carpet, but without whom the films would never get to be made.