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'King's Speech' tops British Independent Film Awards

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The 13th annual British Independent Film Awards crowned "The King's Speech" as the best British indie film of 2010 Sunday evening.

The historical drama about England's King George VI's attempts to get rid of his stutter also won five other major honors. Colin Firth won best actor; Geoffrey Rush  won supporting actor and Helena Bonham Carter took supporting actress and the honorary Richard Harris Award.  David Seidler won for his screenplay.

The low-budget horror film "Monsters" was a surprise favorite at the BIFA, winning best director for Gareth Edwards,  best achievement in production and  best technical achievement award for Edwards' visual effects.

Carey Mulligan won best actress for "Never Let Me Go." Last year, she earned the award for "An Education."

Joanne Froggatt was named most promising newcomer for "In Our Name."

The best British documentary was given to "Enemies of the People" and "Baby" earned best British short film honors. The Douglas Hickox Award went to  Clio Barnard for "The Arbor."

"Son of Babylon" won the Raindance Award" and "A Prophet" received best foreign film.

Liam Neeson won the evening's other special honor, the Variety Award.

The awards were handed out Sunday night at the Old Billingsgate Market in London.

-- Susan King

Photo: Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech." Credit: MCT

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