‘The King’s Speech’ sweeps the BAFTAs: will it do the same at the Oscars?

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Sunday evening wasn’t just about screeching music at the Grammys! Across the pond, it was BAFTA night. The BAFTAs are Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars, although the BAFTAs aren’t really a harbinger of the Oscars the way the Guild awards are. Generally, the BAFTAs offer more support to British films and British talent, but some Yanks do make a dent. That being said, The King’s Speech did very, very well at the BAFTAs, as I expect it will do well at the Oscars too. TKS took home three of the acting awards: Colin Firth for Best Actor, and Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush in the Best Supporting categories. It also took Best Film, Best British Film, Best Original Screenplay, and Music. Well done! Oh, and when HBC won, she said: “I’m so used to losing that it’s kind of a strange feeling to win. It’s very nice, but children, if you’re watching, it’s not about the winning. It still feels nice.” Here’s the list of winners, via Entertainment Weekly:

BEST FILM: The King’s Speech
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM: The King’s Speech
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
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER: Four Lions, Director/Writer Chris Morris
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
ANIMATED FILM: Toy Story 3
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
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS: Inception, Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, and Peter Bebb
MAKE UP & HAIR: Alice in Wonderland
ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING AWARD: Tom Hardy

Yes, Tom Hardy. I can’t find any photos of him, unfortunately. I’m not even sure he was there – Natalie Portman didn’t even fly in to accept her award either! Boo. But as I was glancing through the backstage photos – where the winners and presenters pose together afterwards – I found some lovely photos of my darling Gerard Butler. Plus, Helena Bonham Carter was going all cougar on James McAvoy… which is something I would pay a lot of money to see. Somebody needs to put the two of them together in a movie. Also: HBC’s dress was relatively normal! My theory: she’s saving up the Fashion Crazy for the Oscars. I can’t wait!

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  1. Cel says:

    Tom Hardy wasn’t there, neither was Geoffrey Rush or Chris Morris.

    To those who watched, did anyone else think that Rosamund Pike was wired?

  2. Aria says:

    Call me crazy but I think Helena was the best dressed. I couldn’t stand the rest of the outfits. They were too dramatic for my taste.

  3. Solveig says:

    I knew that The King’s speech was going to win many prizes, but I’m disappointed on the victory of Fincher for Best Director, I don’t get the appeal. I know his movies are tecnically perfect, but they’re also soulless. Even The curious case of Benjamin Button is soulless, despite the fact that it’s a love story. I can’t even appreciate Cate Blanchett’s performance.

  4. Maud says:

    An editor from Grazia was there saying that the BAFTA’s are all about fashion and glamour because that’s what European’s know, whereas the Oscars are about glitz….

    No comment.

  5. Nanea says:

    Awww, Colin!

    I like how HBC thanked all Best Supporting Wives.

  6. BW says:

    FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Would that be the American version?

    Hum, James McAvoy must be very wee. HBC’s hair is taller than he is.

    Colin Firth looks exactly like his award. I hope he wins an Oscar so I can say the same thing about it.

  7. carrie says:

    HBC looks so …good even if she didn’t deserve her award.
    I’m happy Fincher’s win because his directing is more interesting than Hooper’s directing even if Fincher’s movies are enough cold
    I’m so-so on Rush’s win because even if he’s really good, Bale is better in THE FIGHTER
    Happy for Portman and i guess she starts to be too pregnant to take the airplane
    and i’m surprised by the double win for best movie of TKS

  8. Chickie Baby says:

    Hey, HBC has mentioned recently that she’s still deciding on which crazy dress to wear to the Oscars. She seems to enjoy being a little bit of a whackadoodle on the red carpet here in the States because she knows we get a kick out of it, but tends to go a little more formal at home in the UK.

    Hmmm…Gerry Butler in a tux. Thanks for the pic!

  9. serena says:

    I’m so happy for Colin, he deserves all of this.

  10. Mary Stevens says:

    @cel, # 1

    Geoffrey Rush wasn’t there because he was performing Sunday afternoon in Gogol’s Diary of a Madman in Brooklyn. Contractual conflict, I guess. Saw him; a magnificent performance!

  11. Katie says:

    I hope this movie sweeps the Oscars. I’ve actually seen most of the nominees this year and this movie deserve every award. It’s amazing. Truly moving.

  12. bluhare says:

    I’m sorry, but I do not get you guys’ love for James McAvoy. Not even a smidgeon.

    And why do people only get those six front teeth veneered? Colin!! Do the rest of your mouth if you’re going to smile that wide!

    Dragon Tattoo: It was the Swedish subtitled version.

  13. Tammy says:

    So glad for The King’s Speech sweep, the movie is awesome!!!

    Would love for James to work with Tim Burton and HBC!

  14. Tammy says:

    @bluhare I know we can’t convince you but go on YouTube and watch James’ interviews with Jimmy Kimmell, Craig Ferguson and Parkinson then tell us what you think. James has boatloads of charm :) and an accent to die for.

  15. bluhare says:

    Tammy: Hmmm. Charm, eh? I’m a sucker for that. Maybe it will overcome those bags under his eyes. :>

  16. Camille says:

    <3 HBC. I loved her speech too. I’m happy she won. Shame she probably won’t win the Oscar.

  17. Diane says:

    HBC is one of my favorite actresses. I like the quirky ones like Juliette Lewis, who can actually act. HBC should have gotten a Best Supporting Nom for playing the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland, too. She was terrific. I think that she and Juliette always look great in their odd garb, and they both seem like happy people. Good on them!!!

  18. Shay says:

    I don’t think The King’s Speech will get best film. Not because it’s crap or anything, more related to the stupid fuss made by some Academy Members about the allegedly anti-semitic ‘king’ (who has been dead for years, cannot defend himself).
    My bet is that the crap Social Network will win the Oscar, not because it’s a great story, but because 2/3 of the Academy members are Jewish and don’t like The King’s Speech (and don’t mistake my comment for anti-semitism. My view is based on the recent media furore about the film and the one Jewish columnist who went ape shit and said he wouldn’t nominate the film, and tell others in the Academy not to nominate), based on gossip and that email that went viral among them.
    Then again, it may win. Who thought that Roman Polanski would win best director with all the controversy surrounding the underage rape case?

  19. Tiffany says:

    Anyone know where they held this? My hubby’s show is at the Royal Albert Hall still, and this side of London was quiet on Sunday night, as an American, I didn’t even realize they were going on-should have turned on BBC. My slingbox has a hold on me, I get to watch my cable box at home, because I have had to listen to WAY too much foreign language TV this past year. Bonanza and Little House dubbed in French, anyone?
    Anyway, great for the King’s speech! I actually got to sit in the Queen’s box and private rooms at the RAH and see the private pics of the stuttering King himself.
    Back to the States this week! So happy-if any of you are in towns that Cirque’s Totem is going to be, you should try to see it. Charlotte, Baltimore and Pittsburgh next. More packing…

  20. Cel says:

    Tiffany – it was held at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

  21. Tiffany says:

    Pretty close to me then. At least it was over 50 degrees that night.
    Love Covent Garden-great shopping!
    Thanks for the info.

  22. Amoosed says:

    I saw an excerpt of Highlights on the BBC – and was charmed by Helena Bonham Carter who had to adjust her underskirt when accepting her award. (and Rosamund Pike trying to read the award before reading the nominees!)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12444874