'King's Speech,' Fincher win big at BAFTAs

The King’s Speech continued to gain awards-season momentum by cleaning up at the British Academy Film Awards, though The Social Network took the director and adapted screenplay categories. See the list of the winners below, and check out EW Oscars expert Dave Karger’s reaction.

BEST FILM: The King’s Speech



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 with the Dragon Tattoo


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, Roger Deakins

EDITING: The Social Network, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Alice in Wonderland, Robert Stromberg and Karen O’Hara

COSTUME DESIGN: Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood

SOUND: Inception, Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, and Ed Novick

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS: Inception, Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, and Peter Bebb

MAKE UP & HAIR: Alice in Wonderland

SHORT ANIMATION: The Eagleman Stag

SHORT FILM: Until the River Runs Red


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  • Troy

    The King’s Speech Rocks on!!!!!!

    • Devin Faraci

      King’s Speech is lowest common denominator syrupy feel-good junk.

      • Judi

        The lowest common denominator of people wouldn’t have understood this movie. It’s feel good because it’s true.

      • Scotty

        awould you categorise Transformers 2 as lowest common demoninator?
        The US Republican party’s target demographic?

      • Cate

        Look, I wouldn’t say it’s “lowest common denominator” but I agree that it’s “feel-good” and definitely a crowd-pleaser. But it’s also more high-brow and clever than something like Transformers 2, so don’t go trying to make that comparison.

      • craig

        I would not go that far, but I do think it will be remembered in ten years except for the fact that in won awards much like “Chariots Of Fire” and “Ghandi”…where as “Inception”, “The Fighter”, “Toy Story 3″, “True Grit”, “The Social Network”, and even “Black Swan” will be considered classics

      • craig

        shou;d have read “Not” be remembered

  • jfms777

    Delighted Helena won. Wish she pulls off a surprise at the Oscars.

    • Liz

      Me too, she was amazing as the Queen.

    • Prunella Von Schleidlhaagen

      Me too! HBC has been my favorite actress for twenty years.

    • George

      It’s so nice to see her finally gain some recognition for her excellent performance in The King’s Speech. She is long overdue for an Academy Award. Hope she pulls an upset!

    • Megan

      I completely agree. Her face as she hears the record? Amazing.

      And her speech at the BAFTAS? Delightful.

    • Melissa

      I disagree. Any British actress could have pulled off the same performance in this role. There was no challenge in it at all, unless dressing sedately and having an upper class accent is considered challenging. Bonham-Carter is a great actress but this is not a great role or deserving of an award.

  • Tim

    I want to bone Helena.

  • Woot

    Well let’s hope Fincher gets the Oscar. Not surprised the british “King’s Speech” swept the british awards.

  • Cat

    Nothing for the Fighter??? Not even for Bale??

  • Matt

    Rush won over Bale? I liked his performance, but c’mon. Guess they knew Bale wouldn’t be there to collect it in person.

    • AK

      Rush was so much better than Bale. But John Hawkes should win the Oscar.

      • Klint

        Bale is the only reason anyone’s talking about The Fighter. Without his performance it’d be a tv movie.

      • Scotty

        The two performances (Bale and Rush) are apples and oranges.

    • pb

      Rush wasn’t there to collect in person. Not surprisingly King’s Speech won over the British Academy. that’s the reason Rush won over Bale

      • SC

        Er, Bale is British, and Rush is Australian.

      • Kate

        It’s not about the country the person is from; The King’s Speech is a British Film. The Fighter is an American film. And Rush was brilliant. Except for director, a sweep at the BAFTAs (and the complete sweep was expected) for TKS.

    • holly

      I dont think Bale is respected by the british voters. He’s turned his back on the UK. Good ridence to him.

      • topazbean

        I don’t think that’s it. Bale is British, but his acting style is very method, very American. Rush’s approach is from a stage background and far more centred on language/text – so he appeals more to British acting traditions.

      • holly

        Obviously, I am an idiot who doesn’t know that the word is ‘riddance’, not ‘ridence’.

        Please ignore my comment.

        By the way, who is Bale?

      • m

        Method acting is of German/Jewish descent

        Stanislovsky? I think that’s how it’s spelled

        yeah it’s his creation

        and was raped by lee strasberg

  • AK

    I knew the presence of “The King’s Speech” would make the BAFTAs completely superfluous this year, but Helena Bonham Carter for Best Supporting Actress? Really?

    • Tim

      I want to bone her.

      • Stan

        Don’t keep talking about it!

        You’re young, you’re good looking!

        Make her day, my son, and may the Gods be with you!

      • Wahyoee

        twrubr on February 8, 2011 The Best should had a couple of sprit drinks before he started that normally works to wear off the nerves, to bad im a best man on 3rd april, and i dont know what to say LOL

  • lola

    I’m happy for tom hardy but what exactly is an orange wednesday?

    • ali

      orange wednesday is a promotion by the phone company orange to give out 2 free cinema tickets to a particular film showing on a wednesday to every customer

    • dizzie

      Orange is a mobile (cellphone) network in the UK. If you’re an Orange customer you can get 2for1 cinema tickets. It basically boosts audience numbers during the traditionally quieter part of the week.

  • Nick

    Well if Tom Hooper couldn’t beat out David Fincher for Best Director at the BAFTAs, then I think it’s safe to say Fincher is the clear frontrunner for Best Director at the Oscars. With The King’s Speech dominating the scene lately, some people thought Hooper might overcome Fincher, but if he couldn’t do it at the BAFTAs, then he won’t do it at the Oscars. I’d actually be pleased with Best Picture going to The King’s Speech and Best Director to Fincher. That would be a good outcome, in my opinion.
    Helena Bonham Carter winning here is no surprise. I’m happy for her. It’s not as likely for her to win the Oscar, but I’m kind of rooting for her anyway.

    • Woot

      But Hoope won the DGA, and the winner of that wins the oscar 85% of the time (or some number close to that.) Odds still are not in Fincher’s favor, but i do think he will overcome and win. Hooper’s direction, while good, is just not on par with Fincher’s or Aronofsky’s.

      • Bren

        Aside from the regatta scenes and the first one in the San Francisco nightclub, I found The Social Network to be visually kind of boring. Hooper took greater risks with his shot composition and angles than Fincher did. Some people loved it, others didn’t. I like Fincher as a director, just don’t think that on that particular film he did a creatively better job than Hooper or Aronofsky for that matter.

    • DarkLayers

      The English Patient director lost at BAFTA, but won the Oscar. They also split more than AMPAS.

  • The Dude

    OK, I’m confused. Usually, with regards to the BAFTAs, if a British film wins the Best Film award, they will give the Best British Film award to another movie (sort of a “spreading the wealth” mentality). However, this year TKS won both. What gives?

    • SC

      They liked TKS that much.

      • Katie

        TKS was also a film funded by the British Film Council which has suffered severe budget cuts thanks to dramatic action on the governments part. British arts around the country are drastically losing funding and part of the TKS sweep was a thank you to the council and a twist of a knife to the gov (obviously, the other part of the sweep was that it was a great film and they are really proud of it).

  • MWeyer

    Keep in mind, Leo wasn’t nominated (which should say something) and Carter was playing the Queen Mother, sure to sway voters over. But in the wake of Leo’s recent campaigning backfire, could work in her favor.

  • SC

    “The Fighter” wasn’t nearly as popular in Britain as it was in the US: it wasn’t even nominated for Best Film or Best Director, and Melissa Leo didn’t get nominated for Best Supporting Actress despite being the arguable frontrunner. So Rush beating Bale doesn’t mean that much.

    Carter’s win is also unlikely to translate to an Oscar, though that category is a lot more open, especially since Leo did a faceplant.

    • Erin

      “So Rush beating Bale doesn’t mean that much.” Lovely. It just means that they preferred his naunced performance over Christina’s showy role. Personally I loved both of their incredibly different perforances so I have no problem with one winning over the other. To imply it’s undeserved because the movie wasn’t popular in that country is slightly offensive. Though granted not as ridiculous as the ‘British’ argument considering Bale is a Brit and Rush is not.

      • SC is right

        Sorry Erin. Rush only won because he got swept up in the TKS tidal wave. Bale will win the oscar.

      • Erin

        Um, I didn’t actually say Bale wouldn’t win the Osdcar. IMO he’s a lock-in. I just said I don’t think it’s fair to discount his performance because ‘The Fighter was unpopular’. Screw that.

  • sabrina W

    TKS rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    its so cool to see a film i like and root for win the big prizes, and nothing would make me happier than TKS winning best pic,actor ,supporting actress, i wouldnt mind rush for best supp actor but christian bale won me over with enthusiasm with his performance in “the fighter”… but yeah if he couldnt win best director at bafta’s chances are he won’t at oscars unless someone is out to give fincher the ultimate snub lollll…

    • don

      Did you just sbatoage the chances for our proposed joint session this year, or increase them…greg.pavlik @ oracle.

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  • Jenn

    Well deserved wins :) And don’t forget Christopher Lee’s BAFTA Fellowship, not a ‘win’ per se, but still definitely worth mentioning!

    • Prunella Von Schleidlhaagen

      Definitely, but he looked so old and frail :(

  • Lauren

    I’m glad Tom Hardy got recognized. He is a great actor not to mention soooooo sexy!

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