BIFA Awards offer night of acerbic wit

The best of British movie talent braved frozen London on Sunday for the 13th British Independent Film Awards.

“The King’s Speech” won five, including the top prize.

In her supporting-actress coronation, Helena Bonham Carter spoke of pic partner Colin Firth: “Colin probably thought I shouldn’t get this — he always thought I was being dreadfully unsupportive.”

Firth, winning for best actor, didn’t forget his costar: “to Bonham Carter, for her extraordinary lack of support… which I will never forget!”

Liam Neeson received this year’s Variety Award, presented by longtime friend Ralph Fiennes. Neeson bolstered support for Brit indies with a selfless offer: “On behalf of Ralph and myself, I want to open myself up to more independent films. I’m prepared to reduce my fee from $20 million to 15!” Fiennes discreetly left his indie fee available on request. – — Helen Jackson

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