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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 02/13/2011

BAFTAs 2011: Helena Bonham Carter and more winners from the ceremony

By Jen Chaney

Expect this Brit to walk away with a BAFTA tonight. (AP)

The Orange British Academy Film Awards, the British equivalent of the Oscars, is one of the last big movie shows before the Academy Awards on Feb. 27.

In other words, it's another crucial opportunity to cement "The King's Speech" as the official front-runner for Best Picture.

The ceremony is underway at London's Royal Opera House and the biggest winner of the night so far is Helena Bonham Carter, who just took the BAFTA for best supporting actress for "The King's Speech." (For the record, presumed Oscar front-runner Melissa Leo was not nominated.)

That's a big win for "Speech" on a night when, thus far, the honors have been dominated by "Inception," winner for best sound, production design and visual effects. "The Social Network" has taken the prize for editing and "Speech" triumphed for original music.

Expect to see more wins for "King's Speech" as the BAFTA ceremony hits more of the higher profile categories -- whose nominees, as the previous winners suggest, overlap largely with the Academy Awards. After all this is England, where a fine film about the royals that has capitalized on a burst of awards season momentum should do quite well.

We'll post more results as the ceremony progresses. In the meantime, enjoy this BAFTAs red carpet interview with "Social Network's" Jesse Eisenberg while pondering the question: do silly red carpet question sound far more intelligent when they're posed by someone with a British accent?

By Jen Chaney  | February 13, 2011; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies  
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