Annette Bening

Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Indie spirit was alive and well yesterday as stars modestly arrived in the parking lot at Santa Monica Beach for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Big winners of the evening included Best Female Lead Natalie Portman for her work in “Black Swan”, Best Male Lead James Franco for “127 Hours”, Best Feature went to “Black Swan” and Best First Feature went to the understated Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek drama “Get Low”.

Among the stars who made their way past the waiting crowd of fans were winner James Franco, “Rabbit Hole” producer and actress Nicole Kidman, “The Kids are All Right” stars Mark Ruffalo and Annette Bening, all of which are nominated for awards at tonight’s Oscars!

British Academy Film Awards

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It was a night for Kings, ballerinas and girls with dragon tattoos at last night’s 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards.

With stunning dresses on the red carpet at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and much deserved honors being handed out inside, including Colin Firth winning Best Actor for a second time in a row for “The King’s Speech” following last year’s “A Single Man” accolade, there was much to celebrate.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was recognized in the Film Not in the English Language category, David Fincher picked up the Best Director BAFTA for “The Social Network”, while an absent Natalie Portman was honored with the Best Actress award for her work in “Black Swan”.

And as expected by many “The King’s Speech” stood out from the crowd with Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter winning awards for their supporting roles in the film, while it also scooped up the Outstanding British Film trophy.