The art of public speaking has never been so widely extolled as now. British-made The King’s Speech was the toast of the land last night at the glittering Orange Bafta Awards, as it swept the board with seven wins, including Best Film.
Colin Firth who played the speech-impaired King George took home the Best Actor award; Helena Bonham Carter was awarded Best Supporting Actress for playing his wife the Queen Mum, and Geoffrey Rush was honoured for his Best Supporting Actor part as the King’s speech therapist.
On stage Firth was as commanding and masterful as on screen, as he conveyed his joy at the success of his latest role, and joked, “I like coming here, thank you Bafta.”
The film tells the inspirational story of King George VI who had to overcome the seemingly insurmountable hurdle of a stammer in an age where radio was revolutionising public speaking.
The 2011 Baftas were hosted by TV and radio presenter and comedian Jonathan Ross, who led the proceedings with a dry British wit and a collection of nifty little one-liners.
Here is a list of the 2011 Bafta 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: Social Network, Aaron Sorkin
Film Not In The English Language: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Animated Film: Toy Story 3
Leading Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Leading Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actress: Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Original Music: The King’s Speech
Cinematography: True Grit
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