BAFTA Winners: 'The King's Speech' Scores Big; David Fincher Wins Best Director

Tonight the award ceremony took place in London to honor recipients of the British Academy Film Awards, in a show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The BAFTA winners won't have any particular effect on the Oscar race, but the lineup for winners looks very much like that which has been ratified many times over by various film awards in the US over the past few months, and which is likely to be set in stone by the Oscars.

The basic breakdown is that The King's Speech was the big winner with seven awards in total, taking the Best Film and Outstanding British Film categories as well as acting nods for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush. David Fincher won Best Director for The Social Network, and Inception took quite a few technical awards. All the details are after the break.

There's not too much to say about the bulk of these awards, because they so closely mirror what has been happening in other award ceremonies. David Fincher's win is a good nod to his achievement, though I'm sure Inception fans will be irritated to see the film relegated to technical awards. And not even an editing win! Great to see Chris Morris score with Four Lions, and I won't argue with any cinematography award given to Roger Deakins. Finally, am I the only one utterly mystified by the two awards doled out to Alice in Wonderland? I know that costume and hair and makeup awards sometimes just go to the film with the most garish designs, but there are any number of films more deserving. Alice has a big box office win, and really doesn't deserve anything more. (It didn't deserve the box office win, either, but that's a whole different argument.)

Here is the full list of winners:

Best Film

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

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

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


True Grit – Roger Deakins


The Social Network – Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

Production Design

Inception – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowa

Costume Design

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

Short Animation

The Eagleman Stag – Michael Pleas

Short Film

Until the River Runs Red – Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

Orange Wednesdays Rising Award

Tom Hardy

Academy Fellowship

Sir Christopher Lee

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema

The Harry Potter Films