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Comment 14 FEBRUARY 2011

Gowns, glamour and gags on British film's big night

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With many of the leading ladies struggling up a red carpet under lashings of rain, the Baftas were a uniquely British affair.

Inspired by the home-grown actors example of carrying on however inclement the weather, Hollywood stars like Julianne Moore and Jessica Alba put on a glamorous display.



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Julianne was accompanied by designer Tom Ford and wearing one of his gowns, while Jessica looked beautiful in Versace.

Host Jonathan Ross opened the ceremony with a string of cheeky quips. 

Referring to Ricky Gervais' controversial Golden Globes compering, he promised that The Office creator had been locked out - so the audience would have nothing to fear.

Then Wossy said, of 127 Hours, which is about an adventurer who cut off his own arm to escape a rockfall: “What actor wouldn’t give their right arm for a part like that?”



Fittingly a British film with a modest £8m budget was the undisputed 'king' of the night.

The King's Speech swept the board with seven awards at the Baftas – bringing Oscar glory one step closer.

As expected Colin Firth took home the top prize for his portrayal of stammering George VI, who beat his impediment to provide wartime leadership.



Resplendent in Vivienne Westwood, Helena Bonham Carter swept on stage to pick up the best supporting actress trophy.

She dedicated her Bafta "to all the best supporting wives in the world, including the Queen Mother herself and my own mum".

And her speech, which was rather rambling at times – "I know I'm not going to win an Oscar so for the Baftas I may as well go for it" -  had the audience in stitches.

"I think I should thank the royal family because they have done wonders for my career," she joked.

Black Swan star Natalie Portman, heavily pregnant with her first child, was given the best actress prize in absentia.

BAFTA Awards: List of winners
  • Best Film: The King's Speech
  • Outstanding British Film: The King's Speech
  • Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
  • Leading Actor: Colin Firth
  • Leading Actress: Natalie Portman
  • Supporting Actor:Geoffrey Rush
  • Supporting ActressHelena Bonham Carter
  • Orange Wednesday's Rising Star: Tom Hardy

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