‘The Kings Speech’ cleans up at BAFTAs

'The Social Network' and 'Black Swan' also get gongs

The makers of The King’s Speech cleaned up at the BAFTAs last night (February 13). The film won seven awards, including those for Best Film as well as Best Actor for leading man Colin Firth.

The royal drama also won the Outstanding British Film award, the Best Original Screenplay honour, plus supporting acting honours for Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

Composer Alexandre Desplat picked up the Best Score award for the film.

Firth – who also won the Best Actor BAFTA in 2010 for A Single Man – quipped: “I like coming here” as he accepted his trophy.

The actor is the first to win the top BAFTA prize two years in a row since the late Rod Steiger won it for The Pawnbroker in 1967 and In the Heat of the Night in 1968.

The King’s Speech producers said the film could not have been made without the UK Film Council, which is soon to be shut down.

Head of the UK Film Council’s Film Fund, Tanya Seghatchian, said: “The King’s Speech represents a great validation for the UK film industry as a whole and an amazing legacy for the UK Film Council.”

Other winners included David Fincher, who was named Best Director for The Social Network. Black Swan‘s Natalie Portman was Best Actress.

The event took place at London‘s Royal Opera House.

For a full list of winners check out our blow-by-blow account of the night at NME.COM/blogs.

See Bafta.org for more information.