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‘The King’s Speech’ reigns at the BAFTA Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Today’s BAFTA Awards were a homegrown affair, with the British Academy handing out its highest honors to “The King’s Speech” cast and crew.

The historical period drama about King George VI practically swept the ceremony, winning seven categories, including best film, outstanding British film, best original screenplay for scribe David Seidler and best score. The film’s powerhouse acting trio of Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter also garnered BAFTAs in the best actor, supporting actor and supporting actress categories, respectively.

In the directing category, however, The King’s Speech‘s Tom Hooper lost out to The Social Network‘s David Fincher. The Social Network also picked up a win in the best adapted screenplay category for writer Aaron Sorkin. While Sorkin is well on his way to win the Oscar, today’s win for Fincher is a momentous push toward the golden statue for the veteran director, who recently loss the DGA Award to Hooper.

There was no upset in the best actress category, as it went to Natalie Portman for her turn as a tormented ballerina in Black Swan. Portman remains the frontrunner for the Oscar in the lead actress category.

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