Wednesday 26 July 2017

Firth film named fan favourite

Colin Firth stars in The King's Speech
Colin Firth stars in The King's Speech

Colin Firth's latest movie, The King's Speech, was crowned the fan favourite at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The British/Australian film - a critically acclaimed portrait of a stammering monarch preparing for war - stars Colin as King George VI, Geoffrey Rush as his Australian speech therapist and Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen Mother.

It won the Cadillac People's Choice Award as the most popular film.

The festival itself doesn't give out gongs, but there are a few awards from sponsor companies.

The film festival's director, Piers Handling, predicted Oscar nominations for the three leads and a possible best picture slot for Tom Hooper's film, noting it garnered steady attention throughout the 11-day movie festival, which ended at the weekend.

"So many people were talking about that film during the festival," said Handling, noting that previous audience-pleasers including Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire and Slumdog Millionaire went on to multiple Academy Award nominations.

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