Monday, February 14, 2011

BAFTA Winners

PICTURE: The King's Speech
BRITISH PICTURE: The King's Speech
DIRECTOR: David Fincher, The Social Network
ACTOR: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
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
BRITISH DEBUT: Four Lions- Chris Morris
FOREIGN FILM: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
CINEMATOGRAPHY: True Grit- Roger Deakins
FILM EDITING: The Social Network- Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Inception- Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias & Doug Mowat
COSTUME DESIGN: Alice in Wonderland- Colleen Atwood
ORIGINAL SCORE: The King's Speech- Alexandre Desplat
SOUND: Inception
MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING: Alice in Wonderland

The greedy King's Speech tops the British Academy of Film & Television Awards with seven wins, including Picture and British Picture (which just shouldn't be allowed-- this isn't a judgment of the film, but just the unseemly amount of awards it's received here!)  Naturally, of course, it isn't surprising it would win top honors, the real surprises came in the fact that all three principals received prizes as well; Colin Firth was a given, but Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter weren't (especially her, whose countless nominations have yet to merit an actual prize this season.)  Does this portend to Oscar for Rush and Carter, a la the surprise BAFTA momentum that spurned about past Oscar winners like Marion Cotillard (2007 for La Vie en Rose) and Tilda Swinton (2007 for Michael Clayton) or just an indication that they really love this movie.  Both Cotillard and Swinton were arguably in the runner-up slot before the BAFTA bump.  The Social Network claimed three wins, for direction, screenplay and film editing.

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