Red Carpet: BAFTA

Charlie Gray

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The much-expected home-turf advantage for The King’s Speech at Sunday’s Orange British Academy Film Awards (known everywhere but in letterhead as the BAFTAs) came true to the tune of seven wins, including best actor and best film. “My shelf space for a trophy has been quite empty for half a century, so there’s quite enough room for the ones I’ve picked up in the past year and a half,” best actor winner Colin Firth joked backstage at London’s Royal Opera House. “I don’t intend to get used to it.” The night’s big surprise was David Fincher receiving the prize for best director for The Social Network, while Natalie Portman picked up the best actress trophy for Black Swan. Both passed on flying to London to accept. Don’t expect the same to happen with the Oscars.          

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