King's Speech carries British indie film awards
Colin Firth's new film, The King's Speech, scooped five gongs at the Moet British Independent Film Awards last night.
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 Firth, Helena Bonham Carter (as Queen Elizabeth) and Geoffrey Rush (as speech therapist Lionel Logue) and a prize for screenwriter David Seidler.
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.
Directing newcomer Gareth Edwards beat film legend Mike Leigh and the likes of Matthew Vaughn, Tom Hooper and Mark Romanek to be picked as best director for his directorial debut Monsters. He also took home a gong for best achievement in production.
He missed out on the Douglas Hickox award for best debut director by Clio Barnard, who helmed The Arbor.
Bonham Carter was presented with the Richard Harris award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film, while Liam Neeson received the Variety award.
Joanne Froggatt, best known for her turn in ITV's period drama Downton Abbey, picked up most promising newcomer for her part in In Our Name.
Other winners include A Prophet for best foreign film, Enemies Of The People about the Killing Fields in Cambodia for best documentary, Iraqi drama Son Of Babylon which won the Raindance award, and Baby for best British short.
The Moet British Independent Film Awards, hosted by James Nesbitt, took place at Old Billingsgate Market in London.
Film Leonardo DiCaprio hunts Tom Hardy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Video shows how to turn your phone into a 3D hologram
- 2 Artist Jamie McCartney: How The Great Wall of Vagina is a stand against 'body fascism'
- 3 Katie Hopkins reveals fear she will die during brain surgery to cure epilepsy
- 4 'Gene drive': Scientists sound alarm over supercharged GM organisms which could spread in the wild and cause environmental disasters
- 5 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
Poldark finale review: Not even the 'putrid throat' and tragedy to stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest
Artist Jamie McCartney: How The Great Wall of Vagina is a stand against 'body fascism'
Cilla Black's 12 best songs, from 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' to 'You're My World'
Zoolander 2 trailer leaks online and it's really, really, ridiculously good looking
Fantastic Four: Michael B Jordan and Kate Mara handle excruciatingly awkward and offensive interview questions like pros
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
Calais crisis: For desperate migrants it is 'England or death' as they brave dogs, riot police and speeding trains