The King's Speech dominates Independent Film Awards

December 6th, 2010

'The King's Speech' was the big winner at last night's (05.12.10) Moet British Independent Film Awards.

The Tom Hopper-directed drama about the stuttering British King George VI, starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter picked up Best British Independent Film, Best Screenplay and prizes for Helena and Colin who were named Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor.

Speaking before the ceremony on the red carpet at London's Old Billingsgate Market, Helena - who portrays the Queen Mother - confessed she was nervous about how well 'The King's Speech' was being received considering it has not been cinematically released yet.

She told BANG Showbiz: "It will be a huge disappointment when people actually see it! They're going to go, 'Oh it's not that good!'

"When you do something you hope people enjoy it. I'm slightly apprehensive, particularly here where we aren't very good at liking things we produce ourselves, and there's so much hype I hope people don't get immensely disappointed and resent it deeply when they see it."

The 44-year-old beauty - who later joked to the audience her long-term partner Tim Burton couldn't be at the event because he was "passing a kidney stone" - also reveals she hasn't seen any movies this year.

She said: "You know I haven't seen a thing. I haven't even seen last year's films so don't ask me about this year's ones! I don't even know half the people who are here. "

Australian actor Geoffrey - who plays speech therapist Lionel Logue in the film - also won the award for Best Supporting Actor, although was unable to attend as he was working in theatre.

Carey Mulligan picked up the accolade for Best Actress for her turn in novel-adaptation 'Never Let Me Go' and confessed she was "shocked" to pick up the prize but joked it would not be going up in her home.

She said: "It feels good! But I'm a bit shocked. It will go up in my parents' house actually, they've got stuff, it's kind of strange to have it in your own house, 'Come in, have a cup of tea, look at my award!' "

Full list of winners of the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2010:

Best British Independent Film - 'The King's Speech'

Best Director - Gareth Edwards 'Monsters'

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)

Best Documentary - 'Enemies of the People'

Best British Short - 'Baby'

Best Foreign Film - 'A Prophet'

The Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film - Helena Bonham Carter

The Variety Award - Liam Neeson