The King's Speech wins Bifa award
Published 05/12/2010 | 23:20
Colin Firth's new film, The King's Speech, dominated the Moet British Independent Film Awards by scooping five gongs.
The period drama about King George VI, directed by Tom Hooper, won the top award for Best British Independent Film, acting honours for leading man Colin, Helena Bonham Carter (as Queen Elizabeth) and Geoffrey Rush (as speech therapist Lionel Logue) and a prize for screenwriter David Seidler.
"It's fantastic. I've been doing this for nearly 30 years and it is quite wonderful," said Colin as he picked up his award.
"Speaking of regrettable milestones, I have to thank the Film Council for reminding us that putting money into film is a good idea. This tiny film was celebrated tonight, and while it was taken as a risk, it has punched above its weight."
Helena was the toast of the night, when she revealed partner Tim Burton's medical problems.
"The reason why he is not here is because he is pushing out two kidney stones. By the time I get home, I have two kids and two kidney stones," she joked.
Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan nabbed best actress, ahead of rivals Sally Hawkins and Ruth Sheen, for her portrayal of Kathy in the big-screen adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's best-seller, Never Let Me Go.
"I didn't expect to win. It's a huge surprise and an honour," she said.
The actress was also presented with the Richard Harris award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film, while Liam Neeson received the Variety award.