'Thanks to the royals': Helena on 'King's Speech' Bafta

Monday February 14, 2011

A British film with a modest £8m budget is now the undisputed 'king' of awards season.

The King's Speech swept the board with seven awards at the Baftas – bringing Oscar glory one step closer.

As expected Colin Firth took home the top prize for his portrayal of stammering George VI, who beat his impediment to provide wartime leadership.

Resplendent in Vivienne Westwood, Helena Bonham Carter swept on stage to pick up the best supporting actress trophy.

She dedicated her Bafta "to all the best supporting wives in the world, including the Queen Mother herself and my own mum".

And her speech had the audience in stitches.

"I think I should thank the royal family because they have done wonders for my career," she joked.

Black Swan star Natalie Portman, heavily pregnant with her first child, was given the best actress prize in absentia.

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