The King's Speech Big Winner At U.k.'S Bafta Awards
The King's Speech dominated Sunday night's BAFTA awards, Britain's equivalent of The Oscars. The film, which also is touted as a probable big winner at the Oscars in two weeks, received seven awards, including best film and best British film. Colin Firth was presented the leading actor award for his performance as the stammering King George VI and Geoffrey Rush received the supporting actor award for his performance as the king's speech therapist. Helena Bonham Carter was named best supporting actress for her role as the king's consort, Queen Elizabeth. David Seidler took home the award for best original screenplay. The Social Network , which is also a leading Oscar contender, received awards for director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin in the adapted screenplay category. Natalie Portman was named best actress for her role as the psychotic ballerina in Black Swan. The Harry Potter films received a special award for their contribution to British film. Among those on hand to receive it was Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, who remarked "It is very strange to look back after seven films and remember how wary I was of putting Harry on the big screen. I kept saying no. But being involved with these films has been one of the best experiences of my life."