As expected, Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" dominated the Orange British Film Awards winning seven BAFTAs including Best Film, Leading Actor for Colin Firth, Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush and Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter.
Natalie Portman took home the Leading Actress trophy for "Black Swan." Early awards season favorite, "The Social Network" won three BAFTAs including Best Director for David Finchers, Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Editing for Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter.
"Inception" also took home three trophies including Best Production Design, Sound, and Visual Effects.
Christopher Lee received the ighest accolade which the Academy can bestow, the Fellowship, while the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was given to JK Rowling and David Heyman for the "Harry Potter" films.
Here's the complete list of the winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2011 Orange British Film Awards. Check out Awards Avenue for winners of all film award-giving bodies leading to the Oscars. It's nifty!
OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
THE HARRY POTTER FILMS
BLACK SWAN Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin
INCEPTION Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan
*** THE KING’S SPEECH Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Céan Chaffin
TRUE GRIT Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, Christian Colson, John Smithson
ANOTHER YEAR Mike Leigh, Georgina Lowe
FOUR LIONS Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Mark Herbert, Derrin Schlesinger
*** THE KING’S SPEECH Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
MADE IN DAGENHAM Nigel Cole, William Ivory, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
THE ARBOR Clio Barnard (Director), Tracy O’Riordan (Producer)
EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP Banksy (Director), Jaimie D’Cruz (Producer)
*** FOUR LIONS Chris Morris (Director/Writer)
MONSTERS Gareth Edwards (Director/Writer)
SKELETONS Nick Whitfield (Director/Writer)
127 HOURS Danny Boyle
BLACK SWAN Darren Aronofsky
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
*** THE KING’S SPEECH Tom Hooper
THE SOCIAL NETWORK David Fincher
BLACK SWAN Mark Heyman, Andrés Heinz, John McLaughlin
THE FIGHTER Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
*** THE KING’S SPEECH David Seidler
127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj Arcel
*** THE SOCIAL NETWORK Aaron Sorkin
TOY STORY 3 Michael Arndt
TRUE GRIT Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
BIUTIFUL Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando Bovaira
*** THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev
I AM LOVE Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
OF GODS AND MEN Xavier Beauvois, Pascal Caucheteux, Etienne Comar
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES Mariela Besuievsky, Juan José Campanella
DESPICABLE ME Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
*** TOY STORY 3 Lee Unkrich
JAVIER BARDEM Biutiful
JEFF BRIDGES True Grit
JESSE EISENBERG The Social Network
*** COLIN FIRTH The King’s Speech
JAMES FRANCO 127 Hours
ANNETTE BENING The Kids Are All Right
JULIANNE MOORE The Kids Are All Right
*** NATALIE PORTMAN Black Swan
NOOMI RAPACE The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
HAILEE STEINFELD True Grit
CHRISTIAN BALE The Fighter
ANDREW GARFIELD The Social Network
PETE POSTLETHWAITE The Town
MARK RUFFALO The Kids Are All Right
*** GEOFFREY RUSH The King’s Speech
AMY ADAMS The Fighter
*** HELENA BONHAM CARTER The King’s Speech
BARBARA HERSHEY Black Swan
LESLEY MANVILLE Another Year
MIRANDA RICHARDSON Made in Dagenham
127 HOURS AR Rahman
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Danny Elfman
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON John Powell
INCEPTION Hans Zimmer
*** THE KING’S SPEECH Alexandre Desplat
127 HOURS Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak
BLACK SWAN Matthew Libatique
INCEPTION Wally Pfister
THE KING’S SPEECH Danny Cohen
*** TRUE GRIT Roger Deakins
127 HOURS Jon Harris
BLACK SWAN Andrew Weisblum
INCEPTION Lee Smith
THE KING’S SPEECH Tariq Anwar
*** THE SOCIAL NETWORK Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
BLACK SWAN Thérèse DePrez, Tora Peterson
*** INCEPTION Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
THE KING’S SPEECH Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
TRUE GRIT Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
*** ALICE IN WONDERLAND Colleen Atwood
BLACK SWAN Amy Westcott
THE KING’S SPEECH Jenny Beavan
MADE IN DAGENHAM Louise Stjernsward
TRUE GRIT Mary Zophres
127 HOURS Glenn Freemantle, Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke, Steven C Laneri, Douglas Cameron
BLACK SWAN Ken Ishii, Craig Henighan, Dominick Tavella
*** INCEPTION Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick
THE KING’S SPEECH John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen
TRUE GRIT Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F Kurland, Douglas Axtell
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Sean Phillips, Carey Villegas
BLACK SWAN Dan Schrecker, Henrik Fett, Michael Capton, William ‘Brad’ Kalinoski
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Tim Burke, John Richardson, Nicolas Aithadi, Christian Manz
*** INCEPTION Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb
TOY STORY 3 Guido Quaroni, Michael Fong, David Ryu
MAKE UP & HAIR
*** ALICE IN WONDERLAND Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch
BLACK SWAN Judy Chin, Geordie Sheffer
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin, Nick Dudman
THE KING’S SPEECH Frances Hannon
MADE IN DAGENHAM Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
*** THE EAGLEMAN STAG Michael Please
MATTER FISHER David Prosser
THURSDAY Matthias Hoegg
CONNECT Samuel Abrahams, Beau Gordon
LIN Piers Thompson, Simon Hessel
RITE Michael Pearce, Ross McKenzie, Paul Welsh
TURNING Karni Arieli, Saul Freed, Alison Sterling, Kat Armour-Brown
*** UNTIL THE RIVER RUNS RED Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis
THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
*** TOM HARDY
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Sorry Justin Bieber, Adam Sandler Has More Box-Office Power Than You! "Just Go With It" Opened at No. 1 with $31M
Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston narrowly beat Justin Bieber but in the end, "Just Go With It" debuted at the top spot with $31 million compared to "Never Say Never" which opened at No. 2 with a very close $30.3 million box-office take.
My quick take on "Just Go With It?" Predictable but it's fun to see Aniston in her Rachel mode again! The Sony comedy opened during Aniston's birthday so this should make the actress happy, no?
And Biever, as much as tweens worldwide love him, failed to match Miley Cyrus' "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert." That is still the record-holder for music-documentary debuts and it opened with $31.1 million in 2008.
But you know what? I actually enjoyed "Never Say Never." Yes, I know, but I like the way the film focused on the marketing of a star, how advertising can make anyone be a Bieber-like phenomenon!
Entering at No. 3 is Disney's remimagining of the popular Shakespeare tale now known as "Gnomeo & Juliet." Featuring the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt, this garden gnomes tale debuted with $25.5 million.
Another new movie opening this weekend, "The Eagle" starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, debuted at No. 4 with $8.6 million. Apparently, this was what Focus Features was expecting so way to go Channing! (Check out my review of "The Eagle" right here, and my one-on-one interviews with Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, and director Kevin Macdonald)
Previous weekend's box-office champ, Sony's "The Roomate" fell waaay below to No. 5 with $8.4 million.
Here's the Top 10 box-office films this Valentine's weekend!
1. "Just Go With It," $31 million.
2. "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," $30.3 million.
3. "Gnomeo & Juliet," $25.5 million.
4. "The Eagle," $8.6 million.
5. "The Roommate," $8.4 million.
6. "The King's Speech," $7.4 million.
7. "No Strings Attached," $5.6 million.
8. "Sanctum," $5.1 million.
9. "True Grit," $3.8 million.
10. "The Green Hornet," $3.6 million.
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First it was "30 Days of Night," then "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," now, director David Slade may sail away with "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" according to the Hollywood Reporter.
This one is kind of interesting. Written 10 years ago by Bragi Schut, "The Last Voyage" is about the Demeter, the ship that was used to transport Dracula from Transylvania to London in Bram Stoker's classic yarn. I heard the film will be like an "Alien" film where a crew is slaughtered one-by-one by a ravenous passenger. Tan dan dan...
Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace are attached to co-star for this Phoenix Pictures production. This is a project that's been incubating for a long, long time, so hopefully, with Slade's "Twilight" cache, "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" will dock into theaters very soon!
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Two weeks ago, we were very excited to report that Joaquin Phoenix was inching closer to joining Timur Bekmambetov's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" project. (See Will Joaquin Phoenix Return to Acting in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?")
Now, the Hollywood Reporter is saying that Bekmambetov has decided to go in a different director in terms of casting lesser-known stars (keyword: there's no big budget set for big name stars).
So Fox and Bekmambetov decided to negotiate with actor Dominic Cooper in the role of Henry Sturges, Lincoln's mentor who trains him how to fight the undead. They are in final negotiations for the "Mamma Mia!" star to join Benjamin Walker (Lincoln).
I wished Fox and Bekmambetov pursued Phoenix more! I would have loved to see the actor work in a film with a gothic twist (no silly, M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" doesn't count!).
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"Die Hard 4" sucked...hard! We didn't like it, and the film didn't really make box-office history. So why make a fifth installment? Does Bruce Willis need more work?
Now, Twentieth Century Fox has announced that they've hired Noam Murro to direct "Die Hard 5" and Willis will yippeekayay his way back to his John McClane role.
Murro is an interesting choice since he hasn't made a big, action movie before. He came from the commercial directing world and has been nominated five times for the DGA's director of the year award for his advertising projects. His foray into feature filmmaking was Miramax's "Smart People."
Skip Woods, the scribe who gave us previous Fox films such as "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "The A-Team" is writing the script.
All I'm saying is that I hope the combo-team of Murro and Woods will be successful in reigniting the last flame of the "Die Hard" franchise.
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