Saturday, May 18, 2024

“The King’s Speech” Sweeps British Academy Awards


“The King’s Speech” swept the BAFTA Awards–given by the British Film Academy–tonight in London. The film–heavily tipped to sweep the Oscars next week–picked up Best Picture, Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter, and Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush, as well as Best Original Screenplay for David Seidler. Best Actress went to Natalie Portman, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay went to “The Social Network.”  There were also awards for “Toy Story 3” and “Inception.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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