Saturday 24 March 2018

O Briain: Johnson to beat Firth?

Dara O Briain reckons Aaron Johnson's performance in Kick-Ass may be a winner
Dara O Briain reckons Aaron Johnson's performance in Kick-Ass may be a winner

Aaron Johnson could be crowned Best Actor at the Jameson Empire Awards, beating Oscar-winner Colin Firth, said host Dara O Briain.

The duo are up for the public vote, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception) and James Franco (127 Hours), but the Irish comedian, who is hosting the ceremony for the third year, tips the two Brits to be the frontrunners.

"It's an open award, isn't it? Firth vs Johnson - too close to call," he said.

"The Jameson Empire Awards are for fans rather than for industry insiders and thus, often rewards performances that the Oscars doesn't notice, but that we all loved. That would pitch Kick-Ass right up there alongside The King's Speech."

Dara, who broke the world record for the world's highest stand-up comedy gig, would prefer Colin to continue his awards reign for his performance as stuttering King George VI in Tom Hooper's drama.

"I would secretly like him to win, because I walked past him in Chiswick once. I was startled and thought he was Mr Darcy, so I think we need a new start," he said.

He joked that Colin could have the edge if he got dressed up in a costume and fought like Aaron did in Kick-Ass.

"If Colin had put on a costume and got beaten up by a load of guys, then perhaps The King's Speech would be more of a favourite, but I don't have faith. I think you have to do a big fight," he said.

:: The Jameson Empire Awards take place in London on February 27.

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