Saturday, 15 January 2011

The King and Queen of Hollywood! Colin Firth and a pregnant Natalie Portman win top honours at Critics' Choice Awards



Success: Natalie Portman was thrilled as she collected the Critics' Choice Best Actress award in Hollywood on Friday night

The Social Network takes Best Film

Natalie Portman and Colin Firth took top honours at tonight's Critics' Choice Awards in Hollywood, making them many people's favourites for the Oscars.

The actress, who won for her role in Black Swan, used her acceptance speech to thank the film's director Darren Aronofsky for introducing her to her fiance, dancer Benjamin Millepied.

'You are responsible for getting me skinny and indirectly responsible for getting me very fat, as you introduced me to my love,' she told Aronofsky on the podium, referring to the child she is expecting with Millepied.

Portman, who met Millepied when he helped choreograph the movie about a competitive and unstable ballerina, looked radiant, her burgeoning bump all too clear to see under her gorgeous long white gown.

Meanwhile, Colin Firth's win for his role as the stammering King George in The King's Speech, topped off a week which also saw him awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Blooming: Natalie looked radiant as she - and her burgeoning bump - pose with her award on the red carpet

'I will be wearing this around my neck to give me magical powers as we all enter the fray again,' he said, referring to the upcoming month of award ceremonies which carry on with the Golden Globes ceremony this Sunday.

His fellow British actor Christian Bale won The Best Supporting Actor gong for his intense performance as former boxer Dicky Ekland in The Fighter.

Oscar favourite: The actor joked that he would use his award as a lucky talisman for awards season

The star famously lost a substantial amount of weight to play the crack addicted character.

And in his acceptance speech, he dedicated the prize to Eklund, and said: 'This feels great because I feel like he's winning as well.'

Fighting win: Christian Bale paid tribute to his wife and daughter after winning tonight's Critics' Choice Best Supporting Actor Award

The Fighter also won the Cast Ensemble Award along with a gong for Melissa Leo as Best Supporting Actress.

But the film honours belonged to Facebook movie The Social Network, with West Wing scribe Aaron Sorkin also winning for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Big winners: The Social Network cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Armie Hammer and Andrew Garfield pose with screen writer Aaron Sorkin, Kevin Spacey and producers, following last night's win

The movie which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake, is also one of the favourites to win Best Picture at Sunday Night's Golden Globe ceremony.

However the film's stars Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield lost out in the acting awards to Firth and Bale.

Special awards: Matt Damon was presented the Joel Siegel Award for his humanitarian work while Quentin Tarantino won for his work with music in film

Other winners included 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld for her acclaimed role in the Coen Brothers remake True Grit.

She thanked her parents as she accepted the Young Actress gong.

Special awards of the night were given to Matt Damon who was presented with the Joel Siegel Award for his humanitarian and charity work.

Never mind, honey: Jennifer Garner puts a loving hand on her husband Ben Affleck's face as he misses out on four gongs for The Town

Quentin Tarantino gave an energetic acceptance speech as he was awarded the Music+Film award, for his work with soundtrack music and film.

Those who missed out on gongs included Ben Affleck, who whose film The Town, was nominated for Best Picture, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Action Movie.

But he didn't seem to mind as he cuddled up to actress wife Jennifer Garner.

What's so funny? Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban laugh at a photo or text message on his phone during the ceremony

Hilarious: Nicole and Keith carry on chuckling as their dinner is served, while Warren Beatty chats away in the background

Also attending but missed out on an accolade was Nicole Kidman, who was up for Best Actress for her role in Rabbit Hole.

And like Affleck, she didn't look too unhappy as she and husband Keith Urban laughed heartily at their table at a photo he had taken on his phone.

Proud: Natalie Portman poses with her parents Avner and Shelley Hershlag outside the event

But before the winners were rightfully crowned, the red carpet was the centre of all the buzz as the glitz and the glamour was on full display.

Colin Firth was overshadowed by his Italian wife Livia while another happy couple, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening couldn't contain their giggles as they posed for the cameras.

Happy couples: Colin Firth and wife Livia, and Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty are all smiles on the red carpet

Showing off her usual quirky style was The King's Speech star Helena Bonham Carter, while fellow Brit Emily Blunt looked elegant in her simple but chic floor length gown.

And never ones to miss out on the spotlight, sister Kim and Klhoe Kardashian, who were there to present an award and took the opportunity to strike their best pose on arriving at the bash.

Opposites: Emily Blunt looked elegant in her floor length gown while Helena Bonham Carter showed off her typical quirky style

Reality chic: Kim Kardashian showed off her curvy figure in a bright tangerine Vera Wang fishtail dress, while her younger sister Khloe wore an animal print number with train

Natalie Portman: 'Black Swan' spoofs are a compliment

Christian Bale backstage at Critics' Choice Awards

Mila Kunis arrives at the 16th Annual Critics Choice Awards

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