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Oscar Watch: "King's Speech" Roars at British Indie Awards



    A French-Arab kid from the streets of Paris is forced into the service of the gang that controls the prison where he's serving a six-year sentence.

    "The King's Speech" reigned at the British Independent FIlm Awards, taking home Best Film, and earning Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush, Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter and Best Screenplay for David Seidler.

    Gareth Edwards, director of the micro-budget sci-fi thriller "Monsters," won Best Director, with his film also winning Best Technical Achievement and Best Achievement in Production.

    We can't say we're surprised by "The King's" dominance. We enjoyed it, and it's exactly the kind of film that awards-granting bodies love. But the further we move away from it, the less impressed we are. Yes, Firth, Rush and Bonham Carter were all excellent, and it's a fascinating story. But at the end of the day it's really just a simple underdog film crossed with a buddy comedy.

    Here's a complete list of winners:

    Best British Independent Film
    The King's Speech

    Best Director
    Gareth Edwards (Monsters)

    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)

    Best Screenplay
    David Seidler (The King's Speech)

    Most Promising Newcomer
    Joanne Froggatt (In Our Name)

    Best Debut Director
    Clio Barnard (The Arbor)

    Best Achievement in Production

    Best Technical Achievement
    Gareth Edwards (Monsters)

    Best Foreign Film
    A Prophet

    Raindance Award
    Son of Babylon

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

    The Variety Award
    Liam Neeson