2011 BAFTA Results – I Have Slightly Better Taste

So I made my predictions as to who would win at the BAFTAs and found that I got about half right. I never counted on the overwhelming good will towards The King’s Speech but it should have been obvious.

As soon as The King’s Speech won best score I knew it was game over for interesting choices and hello dominance for a film that, although brilliantly well-made, was the easy, and possibly the lazy choice. I still think the script and Score for Inception is superior. I’m very surprised that The King’s Speech didn’t win for sound and costume design but I’m kind of glad Alice in Wonderland won some awards.

Bigger surprises lay in store with screenplay and score not going to Inception… Sigh. Enough from me, my reviews expound me views on these films. Thanks to the BBC for covering the event and now… The results.

I deleted most of the nominees, if you want to see a full list, click here. The full list of winners and a colour-coded way of representing my picks and who actually won:

Winners I didn’t predict will be the films typed in black and given a dose of bold

Winners I Predicted Correctly will get a rather nice shade of orange

Predictions I Got Wrong will get a red


Best film

The King’s Speech



Best director

David Fincher – The Social Network

Christopher Nolan – Inception


Best actor

Colin Firth – The King’s Speech


Best actress

Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Noomi Rapace – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Best supporting actor

Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Andrew Garfield – The Social Network


Best supporting actress

Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech


Outstanding British film

The King’s Speech


 Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Four Lions – Chris Morris (director/writer)

The Arbor – Clio Bernard (director) – This threw me… I thought the critical backing behind The Arbor would lead to a win.


Best foreign language film

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Sweden


Best animated feature film

Toy Story 3


Best original screenplay

The King’s Speech – David Seidler

Inception – Christopher Nolan

The King’s Speech has a great script – which is also formulaic. Inception must have been a complex script to write but the result was a film that was unpredictable, exciting and different.


Best adapted screenplay

The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin

 Aaron Sorkin is a genius. The Social Network was brilliantly written.

Best original score

The King’s Speech – Alexandre Desplat

Inception – Hans Zimmer – Come on, weeks after I watched Inception I still had the score booming in my mind. It’s EPIC.



True Grit


The King’s Speech

I’m going to see True Grit tomorrow.



The Social Network


Production design



Costume design

Alice in Wonderland

The King’s Speech




The King’s Speech

Sound plays a crucial role in The King’s Speech yet it doesn’t garner an award?


Special Visual Effects



Make-up and hair

Alice in Wonderland – Got that one right

Short animation

The Eagleman Stag 



Short film

Until The River Runs Red 



Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

Tom Hardy

Andrew Garfield – Well there’s always next year.

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