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BAFTA Awards: 'The King's Speech' wins best film

February 13, 2011 |  1:09 pm

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"The King's Speech" won best film Sunday evening at the Orange British Academy Film Awards. The film, directed by Tom Hooper, tells the story of Britain's King George VI and his struggle to overcome a stutter as the nation hovers on the brink of World War II. 

The film has swept recent guild awards in the U.S. -- including the producers guild -- and is considered to be in a tight race with "The Social Network" for the top Oscar. The British awards and the Oscars have aligned fairly closely in recent years.

"The King's Speech" was in competition against "Black Swan," "Inception," "The Social Network" and "True Grit."

The awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, were given out at the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden, London.

-- Susan King

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

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