'King's Speech' leads Golden Globe pack
Published 15/12/2010 | 05:00
A film about King George VI's battle to overcome his stammer is leading the pack at the Golden Globe awards, having picked up seven nominations including best motion picture drama.
'The King's Speech' also picked up nominations for its star, Colin Firth, whose portrayal of the stuttering monarch was recognised as a contender for best actor in a motion picture drama.
There were also nods for Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush in the best supporting actress and best supporting actor in a motion picture drama categories respectively.
Bonham Carter plays Queen Elizabeth, with Rush in the role of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue.
The film's seven nominations put it ahead of its nearest rival, 'The Fighter', which won six nominations.
The British film has been heavily backed for Oscar success and earlier this year won the Cadillac People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. The last two winners of the award -- 'Precious' and 'Slumdog Millionaire' -- both went on to pick up Oscars.
Firth said: "I'm truly grateful to be recognised for this film, and euphoric to be in the company of so many of my colleagues."
Bonham Carter said she thought Firth's nomination would lead to Oscar success. "I presume Colin will win," she said.
The film's director, Tom Hooper, and screenwriter, David Seidler, were also nominated in their respective categories and it was also nominated for best original score.
Ricky Gervais will host the ceremony on January 16, nine days before nominations for the Oscars are released.