Carey Muligan and Colin Firth win big at BIFA

Last night was a celebration of all things in British film at the Moët British Independent Film Awards.

The prestigious Best Actor award went to Colin Firth for his portrayal of George VI in The King’s Speech. The Best Actress award went to Carey Mulligan for her role in Never Let Me Go.

The King’s Speech, which is a Tom Hopper film, received six awards in total, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush, Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter (who also won the honorary Richard Harris Award for her outstanding contribution as an actor to British Film) and Best Screenplay for David Seidler’s script.

It’s also being tipped for Oscar success and this is all before it has even be released. It tells the story of King George VI, who after an unexpected ascension to the throne, has to learn to speak in the public and overcome his stuttering with the help of a rather unconventional speech therapist.

Other awards went to Gareth Edwards for Best Director, for his work on Monsters, and A Prophet won the award for the Best Film.

Mulligan received her second BIFA for Best Actress in a row for her part in the adaptation of the Kazuo Ishiguro novel, which she starred in with Kiera Knightley .

Liam Neeson went away with the honour of the Variety Award, which recognises an actor, director or producer who has helped to put the international spotlight on the UK.

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