Firth tipped for Oscar night glory
Jeff Bridges is tipping Colin Firth to succeed him as winner of the best actor award at this year's Oscars.
Bridges took the accolade last year for Crazy Heart with Firth among the disappointed nominees for A Single Man.
Bridges, this year nominated for True Grit, believes the roles will be reversed and that Firth will be celebrating on February 27 when the Academy Awards are handed out.
Bridges, speaking at the annual luncheon for nominees in Beverly Hills, said of Firth's performance in The King's Speech: "He'll probably take home the trophy this year. He gives a wonderful performance."
Firth - starring as the Queen's stammering father, King George VI, who reluctantly took the throne in 1936 after his brother abdicated - joked that he sometimes gets royal treatment since the film came out.
"I do get the odd bow, which I put down to either confusion or facetiousness," Firth said.
Others at the lunch included Firth's co-stars, supporting-acting nominees Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush, and supporting contenders Amy Adams (The Fighter), John Hawkes (Winter's Bone), Jeremy Renner (The Town) and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom).
In all 151 nominees attended the luncheon.
Talk inevitably touched on what nominees would wear to the Oscars, one of the world's biggest fashion showcases.
Natalie Portman, pregnant with her first child and showing a pronounced baby bump, said picking out an Oscar gown is more challenging with an expanding waistline. "It's certainly all about leaving space for growth," said Portman, the best-actress front-runner for Black Swan, who lamented that fashion has become such a fixation in awards season.