The King's Speech A Big Winner At BAFTAs


Feb. 14 2011, Published 7:45 a.m. ET

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The King's Speech’s award once again reigned supreme at the BAFTAs -- the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards -- has learned, as the acclaimed film picked up seven honors at the ceremony, which took place at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden.

The film won the awards for best picture, best actor (Colin Firth), supporting actor (Geoffrey Rush), supporting actress (Helena Bonham Carter) and original screenplay writer (David Seidler), among its’ highest honors.

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Firth, who captured  BAFTA's  best actor award last year for his performance in A Single Man, joked, "I like coming here."

"I think I should thank the royal family, frankly, because they've done wonders for my career," Bonham Carter joked, as the film's award season success has come during the countdown to Prince William's April 29 wedding.

Other notable winners on the night included Natalie Portman taking home best actress for Black Swan, and David Fincher winning the best director award for The Social Network.

We'll see if The King's Speech can sustain its' white hot momentum at the 83rd annual Academy Awards, which takes place Sunday, February 27  in Los Angeles.



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