‘The King’s Speech’ Dominates British Independent Film Awards

Only "Monsters" director Gareth Edwards spoils a clean sweep for "King's Speech"

Last Updated: March 5, 2013 @ 11:44 AM

For weeks, Oscar pundits have been wondering if this is the year Academy voters will cause a split between the Best Picture and Best Director awards — and most scenarios in which that split takes place involve "The King's Speech" winning the Best Picture award, but David Fincher or Christopher Nolan or someone else taking the director prize over "Speech" director Tom Hooper.

That's exactly what happened on Sunday at the British Independent Film Awards, where "The King's Speech" won five awards, including Best British Independent Film and Best Actor, losing only in the Best Director race, which went to Gareth Edwards for "Monsters."

The film's near-sweep also included awards for screenplay, supporting actor Geoffrey Rush and supporting actress, Helena Bonham Carter. 

Carey Mulligan won the Best Actress award for "Never Let Me Go."

The ceremony took place at the Old Billingsgate in London.

The complete list of winners follows:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM The King’s Speech

BEST DIRECTOR Gareth Edwards – Monsters

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR] Clio Barnard – The Arbor

BEST SCREENPLAY David Seidler – The King’s Speech

BEST ACTRESS Carey Mulligan – Never Let Me Go

BEST ACTOR Colin Firth – The King’s Speech

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER Joanne Froggatt – In Our Name

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION Monsters

RAINDANCE AWARD Son of Babylon

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT Monsters – Visual Effects – Gareth Edwards

BEST DOCUMENTARY Enemies of the People

BEST BRITISH SHORT Baby

BEST FOREIGN FILM A Prophet