Tom Hooper's The King's Speech, which stars Colin Firth as Britain's King George, whose improbable ascension to the throne was aided by a commoner speech therapist, and The Social Network, starring Jesse Eisenberg as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg were the big winners of the evening's celebration held at London's Royal Opera House.
The King's Speech also won six other awards: Outstanding British Film, Original Screenplay and Original Music, as well as a trio of performance awards for Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth, who wins the Leading Actor BAFTA for the second year running.
Natalie Portman was awarded the BAFTA for Leading Actress for her performance as Nina Sayers in Black Swan.
David Fincher won the Director award for The Social Network and Aaron Sorkin took home the BAFTA for Adapted Screenplay. The film also won the Editing award.
Inception won the Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects BAFTAs.
Director Chris Morris received the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for his first feature film Four Lions.
Visit the BAFTA website for a complete list of the night's winners.
It's clear that the frontrunners in the Oscar race are The Social Network and The King's Speech (didn't need the BAFTA's to know that) with the former holding a slight edge. It's fairly safe to say that something similar will go down at this year's Oscars. the Academy is rarely known to buck expectations.
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