Wednesday 24 May 2017

Bafta winner Firth dreams of Oscars

Bafta winner Colin Firth is excited about the Oscars
Bafta winner Colin Firth is excited about the Oscars

Colin Firth admitted there was "immense excitement" about the forthcoming Oscars ceremony where he will be hoping to repeat his Bafta triumph.

The King's Speech swept the board at the ceremony in central London last night.

Colin, who is favourite to pick up the Best Actor award at the Hollywood ceremony, collected the Leading Actor Bafta for his portrayal of King George VI and the film scooped seven awards in all.

Speaking backstage, he joked he had "plenty of shelf space" for the awards he has won for the role as the king, and said he was looking forward to the Oscars.

He said: "There is immense excitement, there is no lack of excitement but it is very hard to talk about something that hasn't happened."

He also paid tribute to his co-stars, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, who won awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively. The film also picked up awards for Best Film, Original Music, Outstanding British Film and Original Screenplay for its writer David Seidler.

There was disappointment for the film's director Tom Hooper who lost out to David Fincher for The Social Network. Aaron Sorkin was given the Adapted Screenplay award for the Facebook film.

Natalie Portman won the Leading Actress award for her role as a ballet dancer in Black Swan. There was a standing ovation for veteran actor Sir Christopher Lee as he accepted the Bafta Fellowship.

An award for Outstanding Contribution went to the Harry Potter films. The author of the books, JK Rowling, came on stage to accept the award with members of the cast and crew.

The ceremony drew in an average of 5.3 million viewers on BBC1 - the biggest audience for the film awards since 2004.

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