The King's Speech wins big at Bafta awards

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2011
David Seidler with The King's Speech star Colin Firth

David Seidler with The King's Speech star Colin Firth

Jewish stars including Natalie Portman and Aaron Sorkin walked away with some of Britain's most important film honours tonight at the Bafta ceremony in London.

With just two weeks to go until the Oscars in Los Angeles, the Jerusalem-born Ms Portman repeated her success at the Golden Globes to win Best Actress for her part in Darren Aronofsky's thriller Black Swan. Too pregnant to fly - she is expecting her first child with the film's choreographer later this year - Mr Aronofsky collected the award in her place.

The Social Network, scripted by Aaron Sorkin, also picked up several awards. The film, which told the story of the creation of Facebook and the impact on its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was commended in the Best Editing category, however it's young stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield missed out on awards.

Mr Sorkin won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his version of Ben Mezrich's book The Accidental Billionaires.

But neither Black Swan and The Social Network could compete with the British-made royalty drama The King's Speech, which took home seven awards including Best Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor.

A retelling of the wartime monarch's battle with a speech impediment, it was written by David Seidler, whose grandparents were killed in the Holocaust. The film also triumphed in the Best Original Screenplay Music.

Cinema duo the Coen Brothers missed out on any of the big awards at the ceremony for their new version of the Western classic True Grit, although it was honoured for Best Cinematography.

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Last updated: 3:44pm, February 14 2011