Tuesday 20 February 2018

Firth hails Oscars 'royal flush'

Colin Firth is delighted to be nominated for an Oscar for The King's Speech
Colin Firth is delighted to be nominated for an Oscar for The King's Speech

Colin Firth has welcomed the success of The King's Speech at the Oscar nominations as a "royal flush".

The movie is in the running for 12 prizes, more than any other film at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Its raft of nominations include best film, best actor for Colin, best supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter for her role as Queen Elizabeth, and supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush, who plays an unorthodox speech therapist in the British movie.

It is also in the running for best director for British film-maker Tom Hooper, cinematography, and original screenplay.

Ecstatic Colin, 50, who has already landed a Golden Globe for his role as stammering monarch King George VI on the cusp of the Second World War, said after the announcement: "Currently celebrating with my colleagues three feet above the ground. Not used to this much joy, or this much champagne at this hour."

He told ITV News: "It's great, and it's the fact that so many of us are there, a royal flush. That's the best thing about it really, we'll be going together."

Of his nomination, he added: "It's a little bit out of body. Your head spins and you try to process it but it's all good."

Asked if he could get used to being showered with prizes, Colin, who rose to fame in the BBC's Pride And Prejudice, said: "No, you don't get used to this. I should be so lucky for it ever to happen again. Struggling for adjectives here ... it is a moment, it's a lovely moment."

After The King's Speech, the Coen brothers western remake True Grit is second in the nominations tally with 10, followed by The Social Network and Inception with eight.

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