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British Independent Film Awards 2010

British Independent Film Awards 2010 - On paper, it sounds less than thrilling – one man, one stammer, one speech therapist. But big things are being predicted for The King's Speech and its expected awards season success began last night when it won the top prize at the British independent film awards.

The film, telling the true story of George VI's battle to overcome his chronic stammer and make the speech of his life, was named best film at the 13th Bifas.

It won the biggest share of prizes – five awards in total at the London ceremony, also hoovering up most of the acting honours.

Colin Firth won best actor for his moving performance as the reluctant king who was forced on to the throne by his brother's abdication in December 1936 – a portrayal that is also putting him on most Oscar tip-lists.

Helena Bonham Carter was named best supporting actress for her role as Elizabeth – before she became the Queen Mother – while Geoffrey Rush won best supporting actor for his performance as the eccentric and unusual Lionel Logue, the therapist who helps the king.

It is a very British film, but it was written by an American, David Seidler, who completed the awards success by winning the best screenplay prize.

The film opened in the US last week to positive reviews – "The emotion this film produces is staggering," said Rolling Stone magazine – but British audiences must wait until 7 January to see The King's Speech on general release.

The remaining acting prize was won by Carey Mulligan for the second year running. Last year she won for An Education and she was named best actress again this year for her role as Kathy in Never Let Me Go, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's novel.

British Independent Film Awards 2010

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