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David Whittle goes to the Film Awards 2011


David Whittle with Sue Taylor from Waterford Wedgwood PLC

Glitz, glamour and celebs...they didn't have to ask me twice!

It’s the annual film awards season when our favourite actors find out if their work over the past year will be rewarded.

Well armed with my tux I head down the red carpet for the annual Film Critic Awards, which are held at the British Film Institute in London. There seems to be an award for everything but these are special ones as they are voted for by the most feared – the film critics from across the UK, which can make or break a movie. Perhaps that’s why the actors take them very seriously!

It was a bit of a scrum as the celebrities arrived on the red carpet

I arrive at London’s Southbank where the awards are being held – they have what seems to be the longest red carpet in the world with a wall of photographers and film fans waiting on a rainy night.

Colin Firth speaking to some of the reporters

When you get inside to the pre-awards reception (yep there’s a pre drinks and a post drinks reception!) it quickly turns into who you can spot before everyone takes their seats. Slowly the stars start to arrive and quickly I am surrounded by a host of top names including man of the moment Colin Firth, Kirsten Scott Thomas, Rosamund Pike, Lesley Manderville, Mike Leigh and the movie director Danny Boyle.

Luckily when I take my seat Colin Firth is sat in front of me so it gave me the chance to have a quick chat. He’s an incredibly gracious guy and very down to earth – for an A lister he is still very grounded. I wished him luck although he wouldn’t really need it.

The big winners of the night were the two films that have dominated the awards circuit, The King’s Speech and The Social Network. Although Colin Firth picked up Best Actor award he just missed out to Christian Bale in the Best British Actor category. Other winners included Annette Bening for the Kids at All Right, Olivia Williams for The Ghost. True Grit the huge Coen brothers movie missed out on the Screenwriters and the Director of the Year awards to the Social Network which grabbed both.

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Colin Firth pickin up the award for Best Actor at the Film Awards 2011

The Excellence in Film went to Kirstin Scott Thomas who you forget has been in so many major films including Four Weddings, The English Patience, The Golden Compass and Gosford Park. A richly deserved award.

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Kristen Scott Thomas accepting the Excellence in Film Award

So within a few hours it’s all over again for another year! I wonder what will dominate the film world in the next twelve months……

(Thank you to Antony Robson for taking the pictures above as he was a bit more handy with his camera phone than I was!)

Author: David Whittle



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