The King’s Speech Storms BIFAS

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December 6, 2010 | 4:30am EST

Colin Firth’s new movie The King’s Speech swept the board at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) on Sunday, landing five top trophies at the glitzy event.
The picture, which tells the story of British monarch George VI as he attempted to conquer his stammer, was honored with the Best British Independent Film title, while Firth was named Best Actor.

Firth’s co-stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter were named Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, while David Seidler accepted the Best Screenplay accolade for the hit film.

Other winners at the ceremony included British star Carey Mulligan, who took the Best Actress trophy for her role in Never Let Me Go, while Gareth Edwards was awarded the Best Director honor for Monsters.

Bonham Carter was a double winner at the event – she also took home the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British Film, while Liam Neeson was handed the Variety Award.