The King

The King’s Speech dominated this year’s British Independent Film Awards – and is already establishing itself as a frontrunner for next year’s Oscars.

An audience-pleasing period drama about King George VI’s relationship with his unorthodox Australian speech therapist, the film won five gongs: Best Film, Best Actor for Colin Firth (who plays the king), Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush (the therapist), Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter (who plays the future Queen Mother) and Best Screenplay for David Seidler.

A favourite with audiences at this year’s London Film Festival, The King’s Speech will be hoping to emulate the succes of Slumdog Millionaire, which was the big winner at the BIFAs two years ago before going on to Oscar glory.

Read the full list of the awards handed out at the BIFAs.