King's Speech takes new award crown
Published 12/05/2011 | 02:58
The King's Speech has been crowned the main winner at the National Movie Awards.
It scooped the best drama prize at the ceremony, where award winners are chosen by members of the public.
Geoffrey Rush, who stars as speech therapist Lionel Logue in the Oscar-winning film, was presented with the award by Dame Shirley Bassey, having beaten off competition from fellow nominees Black Swan, 127 Hours and The Social Network.
Rush, who was joined on stage by director Tom Hooper and producers Iain Canning and Gareth Unwin, joked: "I've often felt the film was like a royal wedding between a monarch and an Aussie, and it also felt like we had two billion viewers."
Star Colin Firth took the performance of the year prize. As he is away filming, it was accepted on his behalf by Freya Wilson and Ramona Marquez, the young actresses who play Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret in the film about King George VI's battle to overcome a speech defect.
The King's Speech was also given this year's special recognition prize, with Gwyneth Paltrow presenting the award.
The Harry Potter franchise also won several awards. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part One won the best fantasy film prize, with part two of the saga's final instalment picking up the award for the must-see film of the summer.
Bonnie Wright, who stars as Ginny Weasley in series, based on the best-selling books by JK Rowling, picked up both of the awards on behalf of those involved in the films.
Her boyfriend and co-star Jamie Campbell Bower - who plays dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald - was named 'one to watch' at the ceremony.
Pirates Of The Caribbean actor Johnny Depp was named as this year's screen icon, and appeared by video link to accept the award.