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Big wins for The King’s Speech at Moet British Independent Film Awards


06 December 2010

While Tron: Legacy took over Leicester Square last night for its UK premiere which saw Jeff Bridges and Olivia Wilde in the flesh, the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2010 took over Old Billingsgate and saw big wins for The King's Speech starring Colin Firth.

Tom Hooper’s film took home the main prize, Best British independent film, plus best actor for Colin Firth, best supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush, best supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter (who also won the honorary Richard Harris Award) and best screenplay for David Seidler’s script.

The drama, which is tipped for possible Oscar success was a favourite at this years BFI London Film Festival and is due for its cinematic release on January 7 based on the true story of the Queen of England's father and his remarkable friendship with maverick Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, who unexpectedly becomes King when his brother Edward abdicates the throne. Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine) stars as Logue, the man who helps the King find a voice with which to lead the nation into war.

Carey Mulligan was among the other big winners, she took the Best Actress award for her performance in Never Let Me Go. Another BFI favourite, the film is due out on February 11and is directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), is based on the highly acclaimed, bestselling novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and adapted for the screen by Alex Garland and is a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. Kathy (Mulligan), Tommy (Garfield) and Ruth (Knightley) spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school where they discover a dark and haunting secret about their future. As they leave the shelter of the school behind and draw inexorably closer to the devastating fate that awaits them as adults, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.

Colin Firth Photos

Carey Mulligan Photos

THE KING'S SPEECH IS RELEASED ON JANUARY 7 WHILE NEVER LET ME GO IS RELEASED ON FEBRUARY 11