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"The King's Speech," "Monsters" Lead British Independent Film Awards

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 5, 2010 at 10:37AM

Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" dominated the 13th annual Moet British Independent Film Awards, handed out tonight at the Old Billingsgate in London. The film - favored to do very well at the Academy Awards - garnered five awards, including best film, best screenplay, and acting wins for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush.
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Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" dominated the 13th annual Moet British Independent Film Awards, handed out tonight at the Old Billingsgate in London. The film - favored to do very well at the Academy Awards - garnered five awards, including best film, best screenplay, and acting wins for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush.

"Speech"'s only major loss came when Gareth Edwards beat Tom Hooper in the best director category "Monsters," which also picked up awards for best achievement in production and best technical achievement. Other winners included "Enemies of the People" for best documentary, "A Prophet" for best foreign film, "The Arbor" director Clio Barnard for best debut director (oddly over best director winner Edwards), and "Never Let Me Go"'s Carey Mulligan for best actress (an award Mulligan also won last year for "An Education").

Though "Speech"'s dominance is generally unsurprising, supporting actress winner Helena Bonham Carter beating Lesley Manville's lauded work in Mike Leigh's "Another Year" is sure to cause groans in the blogosphere. It comes after the BIFAs gave Vera Farmiga the best actress award for "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" in 2008 over another Mike Leigh actress, Sally Hawkins for "Happy-Go-Lucky." Leigh's "Year" was completely shut out at the awards, as was Chris Morris's "Four Lions," Matthew Vaughn's "Kick-Ass," and Nigel Cole's "Made in Dagenham" (for which Sally Hawkins was also nominated, and lost).

The complete list of winners is below.

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM The King's Speech

BEST DIRECTOR Gareth Edwards - Monsters

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR] Clio Barnard - The Arbor

BEST SCREENPLAY David Seidler - The King's Speech

BEST ACTRESS Carey Mulligan - Never Let Me Go

BEST ACTOR Colin Firth - The King's Speech

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER Joanne Froggatt - In Our Name

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION Monsters

RAINDANCE AWARD Son of Babylon

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT Monsters - Visual Effects - Gareth Edwards

BEST DOCUMENTARY Enemies of the People

BEST BRITISH SHORT Baby

BEST FOREIGN FILM A Prophet