Tonight Oscar favorite Colin Firth won a second consecutive Lead Actor BAFTA (the British Oscars) at this year’s awards ceremony held at the Royal Opera House in London. He won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts prize for his role in A Single Man last year and this time was honoured for playing George VI in The King’s Speech. The late Rod Steiger was the last star to win the best actor BAFTA two years’ running (for The Pawnbroker in 1967 and In The Heat Of The Night in 1968). The King’s Speech nearly swept with 7 awards (it had 14 nominations in all). The Social Network won 3 awards including Best Director for David Fincher. Black Swan won one award for Natalie Portman in Lead Actress. Inception won 3 awards, Alice In Wonderland capured 2 awards, and both True Grit and Toy Story 3 took 1 each. The Orange Wednesdays Rising Star award, voted by the public, went to actor Tom Hardy. Jonathan Ross hosted this year’s ceremony. Sir Christopher Lee was honoured with the British Academy’s prestigious Fellowship while the Harry Potter films was given BAFTA’s Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema:

2011 BAFTA WINNERS (keep refreshing for updates)

BEST FILM

THE KING’S SPEECH – Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

LEADING ACTOR

COLIN FIRTH – The King’s Speech

LEADING ACTRESS

NATALIE PORTMAN – Black Swan

DIRECTOR

THE SOCIAL NETWORK – David Fincher

SUPPORTING ACTOR

GEOFFREY RUSH – The King’s Speech

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

HELENA BONHAM CARTERThe King’s Speech

ANIMATED FILM

TOY STORY 3 – Lee Unkrich

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE SOCIAL NETWORK – Aaron Sorkin

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

THE KING’S SPEECH – David Seidler

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

THE KING’S SPEECH – Tom Hooper, David Seidler, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO – Søren Stærmose, Niels Arden Oplev

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

FOUR LIONS – Chris Morris (Director/Writer)

CINEMATOGRAPHY

TRUE GRIT – Roger Deakins

PRODUCTION DESIGN

INCEPTION – Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat

EDITING

THE SOCIAL NETWORK – Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

SOUND

INCEPTION – Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

INCEPTION – Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb

ORIGINAL MUSIC

THE KING’S SPEECH – Alexandre Desplat

COSTUME DESIGN

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Colleen Atwood

MAKE UP & HAIR

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Valli O’Reilly, Paul Gooch

SHORT ANIMATION

THE EAGLEMAN STAG – Michael Please

SHORT FILM

UNTIL THE RIVER RUNS RED – Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis

THE ORANGE WEDNESDAYS RISING STAR AWARD (voted by the public)

TOM HARDY