It might not actually dock its cinematic royal yacht on these shores until, er, January next year, but The King’s Speech will be arriving garlanded with six British Independent Film Awards, including acting wins for its leads and a screenplay statuette.
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 (particularly in Firth’s case) follows King George VI’s attempts to overcome his stuttering and public speaking nerves with the help of an unconventional speech therapist.
But the best director award went to more of a surprise – yet still very deserving – winner, with Monsters’ Gareth Edwards romping home with that one, and the film itself taking best achievement in production and best technical achievement for its amazing visual effects.
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