By Paul Sheehan, Gold Derby Executive Editor
On Sunday, 'The King's Speech' was crowned both Best Picture and Best British Film by the voters of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. This marked the first time one film has won both of those races since the domestic prize was reintroduced in 1992. BAFTA bestowed seven awards in all on the stirring biopic about the efforts of King George VI to overcome a crippling stammer and deliver a rousing address to his empire on the eve of World War II.
Heading into the BAFTAs, 'The King's Speech' was the front-runner at the Oscars with a leading 12 nominations. The film had already won over both the producers and actors guilds, and helmer Tom Hooper took the bellwether Directors Guild Award as well.
However, 'The King's Speech' won just half of its 14 BAFTA bids. Could this be a sign that its Oscar fate is not yet sealed? About 10 percent of the nearly 5,800 Oscar voters also belong to BAFTA.