Colin Firth and Natalie Portman did a repeat performance of last Friday’s Critics Choice Award wins for Best Actor and Best Actress, by taking home the Golden Globes on Sunday for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama and Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama. Firth won for his performance as King George VI in ‘The King’s Speech’ and Portman won for her performance as Nina Sayers in ‘Black Swan’. That’s 2 for 2 in prestigious awards. Will they both win the Oscar triple Crown? Both movies are currently playing in the Flint area at NCG Trillium Cinemas, Grand Blanc. NCG Marketing Director Pat O’Boyle told me this morning that ‘The King’s Speech’ did above average sales at its debut in Grand Blanc this weekend. I spoke with a Flint area Colin Firth fan earlier today that was glad to see him get the Golden Globe. She said, ‘Colin Firth has done so many amazing films for so many years. It’s great to see him finally get the recognition he deserves.’
Firth was nominated in 2009 for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his role in ‘A Single Man.’ So far he has won 20 Critics’ Association Best Actor Awards for his performance in ‘The King’s Speech’. They include the Austin Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics, Detroit Film Critics and the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice Award), to name a few. At this point, his first Golden Globe Award is icing on the cake.
In his Golden Globe acceptance speech, Firth talked about getting the honor as he is getting through the mid stage of life. He said:
‘Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press. Getting through your mid stage of your life with your dignity and your judgment intact can be somewhat precarious and sometimes all you need is a little bit of gentle reassurance to keep you on track. I don’t know that this qualifies as gentle reassurance but right now this is all that stands between me and a Harley Davidson, so I owe you a very great debt.’
He also called his fellow cast members ‘supernaturally talented’. He referred to Geoffrey Rush as his Geisha Girl. He said that Geoffrey Rush and Tom Hooper were ‘my two sides, my two other sides of a surprisingly robust triangle of man love which has moved forward in perfect formation for the last year and a half or so.’
Portman also picked up her first Golden Globe for her performance as mentally disturbed ballerina Nina Sayers in ‘Black Swan’. She was previously nominated for a Golden Globe in 2000 for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in ‘Anywhere But Here’ and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for her role in ‘Closer’. She has also received a multitude of Critics’ Associations Awards for Best Actress for her role in ‘Black Swan’, including: Boston Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Online and the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice Award).
During her acceptance speech, she credited her grandma, her parents and fiancé Benjamin by saying:
‘I also wanna thank you for the opportunity to say hi to my Grandma Bernice in Cincinnati who’s watching at home. I hope you’re having a drink Grandma, enjoying this! I thank you for bringing my mom into the world. My mom is the most wonderful person. She’s here and my father is also the most wonderful person. Thank you for bringing me into this world and giving me such a wonderful life. And thank you to Benjamin, who’s helping me continue this creation of creating more life. Benjamin choreographed the film and also you might remember him in the movie as the guy when they ask would you sleep with that girl and he’s like no. He’s the best actor. It’s not true. He totally wants to sleep with me.’
With a Golden Globe and Critics Choice locked up for each of them, it seems highly probable Firth and Portman will complete the Triple Crown of awards and top each of these wins off with an Oscar.
Click here for a list of all the Golden Globe winners.
‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘Black Swan’ are playing in the Flint area at NCG Trillium Grand Blanc. Click here for show times.