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Posted at 5:05 PM ET, 02/13/2011

BAFTAs 2011: All hail 'The King's Speech,' plus the rundown on more winners

By Jen Chaney

Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli on the red carpet, basking in the BAFTAs glow. (AP)

"The King's Speech" was crowned best picture during the BAFTA Awards tonight in London, solidifying its position as the movie to beat at this year's Academy Awards.

A film about a member of the royal family who overcomes adversity to unite the country at its darkest hour? Sounds like the sort of drama that should dominate when it comes time for members of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to reward the finest cinematic work of the year. And that's exactly what it did. "The King's Speech" won seven BAFTAs -- best film; outstanding British film; best actor for Colin Firth, in his second consecutive BAFTA win (he got one last year for "A Single Man"); best supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush; best supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter; best original screenplay; and best original music.

But don't cry for the Facebook movie. "The Social Network" -- the deposing-Mark-Zuckerberg drama that has been characterized as the zeitgeisty awards-season opponent to the more traditional "King's Speech'" -- won three BAFTAs, for best editing, best adapted screenplay and, in somewhat of a surprise given that this is a UK-based awards show, best director David Fincher, who beat out "Speech's" Tom Hooper.

Some of the other highlights from the Brit movie trophy show:

--"Black Swan" Natalie Portman once again took best actress honors.

--Also as expected, "Toy Story 3" won for best animated film.

--"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" emerged victorious from the best film not in the English language category, the equivalent of Oscar's best foreign language film.

--To the presumed delight of the Christopher Nolan faithful, "Inception" did not walk away empty-handed. The subconscious-tampering epic won three BAFTAs, for its visual effects, sound and production design.

--And Tom Hardy, co-star of "Inception," received the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award, which is BAFTA's long-winded way of saying best newcomer. He beat contenders Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, "Kick-Ass's" Aaron Johnson and Gemma Arterton via online voting that was open to the public.

Here's the complete list of winners. Now inhale, exhale, then prepare yourself for the beginning of Grammy Award red carpet coverage on E!, which begins at 6 p.m. EST. Awards season is exhausting, isn't it?

By Jen Chaney  | February 13, 2011; 5:05 PM ET
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies  | Tags:  Oscars  
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