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The King's Speech wins big at the BAFTAs and no one is surprised; David Fincher picks up Best Director

02.14.2011
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To the shock of no one that's been following the awards season happenings these past couple of months, Tom Hooper's THE KING'S SPEECH won big at the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the equivalent of the Oscars in the States). The film went home with seven awards total, including Best Film and Outstanding British Film, as well as acting wins for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush.

David Fincher upset Tom Hooper, however, with a win for THE SOCIAL NETWORK. And INCEPTION finally got some love (albeit technical) with wins for Production Design, Sound, and Special Visual Effects (Tom Hardy also took home an Orange Wednesdays Rising award, which is nice). On a side note: I'm about ready to punch motherf*ckers for INCEPTION not getting any recognition in the Editing department (either here or with the Oscars), but what can you do?

The winners are listed below. Check out the full breakdown RIGHT HERE.

Best Film
THE KING'S SPEECH

Outstanding British Film
THE KING'S SPEECH

Director
David Fincher – THE SOCIAL NETWORK

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
Chris Morris – FOUR LIONS

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 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

Animated Film
TOY STORY 3

Original Music
THE KING'S SPEECH – Alexandre Desplat

Cinematography
TRUE GRIT – Roger Deakins

Editing
THE SOCIAL NETWORK - Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

Production Design
INCEPTION – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowa

Costume Design
ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Colleen Atwood

Sound
INCEPTION– Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick

Special Visual Effects
INCEPTION – Corbould, Franklin, Lockley, Bebb

Make Up & Hair
ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch

Short Animation
THE EAGLEMAN STAG – Michael Pleas

Short Film
UNTIL THE RIVER RUNS RED – Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

Orange Wednesdays Rising Award
Tom Hardy

Academy Fellowship
Sir Christopher Lee

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
The HARRY POTTER Films

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12:43AM on 02/15/2011

It really is a great movie.

Colin Firth should win the Oscar, Rush will win, Bonham Carter should not. It's one of those films that you see think it's good, then continue to think about. I saw it before all the heaps of praise & gave it 8/10 then thought more about the story, the performances & more & went back to IMDB & gave it a 9. The only thing that kind of irks me is why exactly has Guy Pearce been completely ignored? I thought he was great & deserved the nom more than Carter did. Am I the only one that thought
Colin Firth should win the Oscar, Rush will win, Bonham Carter should not. It's one of those films that you see think it's good, then continue to think about. I saw it before all the heaps of praise & gave it 8/10 then thought more about the story, the performances & more & went back to IMDB & gave it a 9. The only thing that kind of irks me is why exactly has Guy Pearce been completely ignored? I thought he was great & deserved the nom more than Carter did. Am I the only one that thought he was dissed?
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9:20AM on 02/14/2011
Not really surprising a British movie won big at the british Oscars. I'm sure it's a great movie and does well at the Oscars this month.

And also, if Bale loses for The Fighter, then there is no justice in the Academy.
Not really surprising a British movie won big at the british Oscars. I'm sure it's a great movie and does well at the Oscars this month.

And also, if Bale loses for The Fighter, then there is no justice in the Academy.
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8:00AM on 02/14/2011
Said it on MFC and I'll say it here.
Firth was an unsurprising win.
Portman was very well deserved.
Carter and Rush were undeserving (both should have went to the Fighter).
Fincher deserved the director, after se7en and fight club it's about time.
And King's Speech only won film because it was the most British Film there.
Said it on MFC and I'll say it here.
Firth was an unsurprising win.
Portman was very well deserved.
Carter and Rush were undeserving (both should have went to the Fighter).
Fincher deserved the director, after se7en and fight club it's about time.
And King's Speech only won film because it was the most British Film there.
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6:19AM on 02/14/2011
Wow. Always wondered what BAFTA stood for. Thanks for clearing that up(!)
Wow. Always wondered what BAFTA stood for. Thanks for clearing that up(!)
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6:00AM on 02/14/2011

No real surprises on the awards side

but Christopher Lee's acceptance was so humble and appreciative he almost had me in tears. I agree with HedwigX below, it's unfortunate to see him looking so frail. I hope he's with us for many more years.
but Christopher Lee's acceptance was so humble and appreciative he almost had me in tears. I agree with HedwigX below, it's unfortunate to see him looking so frail. I hope he's with us for many more years.
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2:58AM on 02/14/2011

Caught the highlights of the show

Even though the winners were predictable, I can't complain that any of them didn't deserve to win. The really sad part was Christopher Lee's acceptance of the Fellowship- he looks so frail and sick now that you get the feeling he wouldn't have been around to pick it up if they'd awarded it in 2012 :(
Even though the winners were predictable, I can't complain that any of them didn't deserve to win. The really sad part was Christopher Lee's acceptance of the Fellowship- he looks so frail and sick now that you get the feeling he wouldn't have been around to pick it up if they'd awarded it in 2012 :(
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