And the BAFTA goes to… exactly who we expected

by Sandra Juncu and Anne Mackie

There were no surprises at the BAFTA Awards last night, with The King’s Speech, Black Swan and The Social Network crowned the biggest winners. As many expected, Colin Firth went home with the award for best actor, for his portrayal of King George VI, and has increased his chances to win an Oscar later on. But not all is perfect for Britain’s new favorite male lead, with some saying that The King’s Speech owes its overwhelming success to being the best of a bad bunch.

Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, offers a peek behind the scenes of ballet show, insisting on the dedication and commitment necessary in preparing a role. The film reminds us of Michael Hanake’s La Pianiste and Michael Powell’s Red Shoes but, as critics commented, lacks their degree of controversy and drama.

The Social Network, starring Jesse Eisenberg as founder Mark Zuckerberg, charts the rise of Facebook, in a story about friendship, betrayal and the quest to make internet history.

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