On Friday Oscar nominated actor Colin Firth took home the Critics Choice Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of King George VI in Tom Hooper’s ‘The King’s Speech’. The ceremony was broadcast live internationally on VH1. Firth has a prolific career with many memorable roles, for which he has earned dozens of nominations. Last year he earned his first Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nominations for his role as George Falconer in ‘A Single Man’. He has received 20 Critics Association Awards for Best Actor for ‘The King’s Speech’, including the Satellite Award, the Detroit Film Critics and the Broadcast Film Critics (Critics Choice) Awards. ‘The King’s Speech’ opened in limited release, but finally made it to the Flint area yesterday, and is showing at NCG Trillium Grand Blanc. One Flint area Firth fan was ecstatic the film made it here and told me yesterday, ‘I can’t wait to see the movie. Colin Firth needs an Oscar. He’s an amazing actor and hasn’t been appreciated enough by the Academy.’
Firth made his first memorable impression as the dashing Mr. Darcy in the television movie ‘Pride and Prejudice’. He has an incredible range and earned a place the hearts of women worldwide for his role as another Mark Darcy, in ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ and ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason’, as Jamie Bennett in ‘Love Actually’ and the lovable Harry Bright in ‘Mama Mia!’
Firth’s Critics Choice acceptance speech was funny, and gracious. He recognized the director, his fellow cast and also Critics Choice Award winner David Seidler for Best Original Screenplay. Here is part of what Firth said:
‘Thank you very much. We all have a, well, some of us have , we actors, we people, I, have a need for attention and for approval, which borders on the infantile. And we, if I may revert to the Royal we, believe me we need it from our audiences, obviously, our peers, we need it from our critics. You can tell by the way we deny it. So I, knowing that tomorrow, this is gonna be open season again, I appreciate this moment of love and I will be wearing this around my neck as a talisman to give me magical powers as we all enter into the fray again. Speaking of magical powers, Tom Hooper I thank you for your extraordinary x-ray vision, your endless inventiveness. My fellow cast members, it really is an extraordinary honor to be a member of such a formidable ensemble. I basically took a free ride on these peoples’ talents. Helena, Geoffrey and Guy and everybody involved. I basically got it for nothing. David Seidler…who not only gave me the extraordinary words, that were somehow informed by a real knowledge of what it was like to struggle with them, who somehow finessed them in a way that made it really easy for me to speak with great difficulty…’
‘The King’s Speech’ is nominated for 7 Golden Globe Awards (including Firth for Best Actor Drama):
- Best Motion Picture Drama
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama ( Colin Firth)
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Geoffrey Rush)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Helena Bonham Carter)
- Best Director Motion Picture (Tom Hooper)
- Best Screenplay Motion Picture (David Seidler)
- Best Original Score Motion Picture (Alexandre Desplat)
If Firth picks up the Golden Globe tomorrow, it will be his first. There’s also a lot of buzz that Oscar will be knocking on his door next.
‘The King’s Speech’ is now showing in the Flint area at NCG Trillium Cinemas, Grand Blanc. Click here for show times.
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards air live tomorrow January 16th in Flint on WEYI NBC25 at 8 PM EST.