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Sunday night (5 Dec) saw the British cinema raise a glass to the best films these isles offered in 2010 at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).

There was talk before the awards that this year was one of the strongest ever for British films, with a fine and eclectic array of big screen adaptations, and it was the stammering story of King George VI of Britain that scooped the two big gongs. ‘The Kings Speech’ picked up Best British Independent Film and it’s lead thesp Colin Firth Best Actor.

The awards took place at Old Billingsgate in London and were presented by James Nesbitt.

The winners were...

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM: THE KING’S SPEECH

BEST DIRECTOR: GARETH EDWARDS (MONSTERS)

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]: CLIO BARNARD (THE ARBOR)

BEST SCREENPLAY: DAVID SEIDLER (THE KING’S SPEECH)

BEST ACTRESS: CAREY MULLIGAN (NEVER LET ME GO)

BEST ACTOR: COLIN FIRTH (THE KING’S SPEECH)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: HELENA BONHAM CARTER (THE KING’S SPEECH)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: GEOFFREY RUSH (THE KING’S SPEECH)

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER: JOANNE FROGGATT (IN OUR NAME)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION: MONSTERS

RAINDANCE AWARD: SON OF BABYLON

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT: GARETH EDWARDS – VISUAL EFFECTS (MONSTERS)

BEST DOCUMENTARY: ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE

BEST BRITISH SHORT: BABY

BEST FOREIGN FILM: A PROPHET

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD(for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film): HELENA BONHAM CARTER

THE VARIETY AWARD: LIAM NEESON

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: JENNE CASAROTTO

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