By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 13, 2011 at 9:29AM
Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" led the Orange British Academy Film Awards, which were handed out tonight at London’s Royal Opera House. The film took 7 honors, including best film, best original screenplay, and acting trophies for Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. It also took best British Film, the first film to take both best film and best British film honors in decades.
Rush (who has now won 3 BAFTAs) and Carter's wins are unlikely to repeat at the Oscars, where Christian Bale and either Melissa Leo or Hailee Steinfeld are favored. But "The King's Speech" win here further cements its status as the frontrunner to win the best picture prize at the Oscars.
The "King's" sweep wasn't across the board, though. David Fincher took best director honors in the night's most surprising event (and potentially suggestive he will do the same at the Oscars), and the film lost film editing, cinematography, art direction and costume design (to "Social Network," "True Grit," "Inception" and "Alice in Wonderland," respectively).
Other major winners included Natalie Portman for best actress, "Toy Story 3" for best animated film, and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" for best foreign language film.
Complete list of winners below.
The King's Speech
Outstanding British Film
The King's Speech
David Fincher - The Social Network
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
Chris Morris - Four Lions
Colin Firth - The King's Speech
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
The King’s Speech - David Seidler
The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin
Film Not In The English Language
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Toy Story 3
The King’s Speech - Alexandre Desplat
True Grit - Roger Deakins
The Social Network - Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
Inception - Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowa
Alice in Wonderland - Colleen Atwood
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
The Eagleman Stag - Michael Pleas
Until the River Runs Red - Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis
Orange Wednesdays Rising Award
Check out a list of all the awards so far this year here.