Going into the evening with a leading 14 nominations, it appeared inevitable that “The King’s Speech” would dominate the 64th annual BAFTA awards. Among the seven prizes it claimed Sunday night during a ceremony at the Royal Opera House were both Best Picture and Best British Picture, the first time a film has pulled off this double play since the home-grown award was introduced in 1992.
The film won all three of the acting prizes for which it contended — lead Colin Firth and supporting players Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush — as well as Best Original Screenplay for veteran scripter David Seidler and Best Score (Alexandre Desplat). However, helmer Tom Hooper was bested by David Fincher (“The Social Network”).
That film also batted .500 winning three of its six bids. Besides the directing award, “The Social Network” also won Best Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Editing.
Also taking home three BAFTAs was eight-time nominee “Inception”: Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects. “Alice in Wonderland” won two of its five BAFTA bids: Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hair.
Settling for just one win from a dozen nominations was “Black Swan” but the prize it took was a big one — Best Actress (Natalie Portman). Also winning just one award was eight-time contender “True Grit” — Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins).
“Toy Story 3” won Best Animated Feature while “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was named Best Foreign Language Film.