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Originally posted 02/14/2011 06:55AM
There was no hesitation when it came to The King's Speech at Sunday night's British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards – the BAFTAs.
The popular drama about King George VI's seemingly insurmountable stammer swept the ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London's Covent Garden, with seven awards.
These included those for Best Picture, Actor Colin Firth, Supporting Actor Geoffrey Rush, Supporting Actress Helena Bonham Carter and Original Screenplay writer David Seidler.
For Firth, it was a back-to-back victory. He also won last year for A Single Man, about a gay man mourning his late lover. "I like coming here," the Oscar frontrunner told the Bafta crowd, eliciting a laugh. He also paid tribute to his beautiful Italian wife Livia Guiggioli, saying, "I would like to thank Livia and the whole family for remaining so steady, whether they are dealing with a dancing queen or a sometime king."
Originally posted 02/08/2011 10:15AM
Colin Firth has learned one major consequence of being an Oscar front-runner – that talking about how you're feeling becomes a full-time job.
"One does get asked quite regularly how one feels, and of course it does change throughout the day. I feel obliged to take my temperature or something," the actor, 50, joked Monday at the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees in Beverly Hills.
If only he could clone himself, that might help.
Originally posted 02/07/2011 03:55PM
On top of all its Oscar nominations, The King's Speech now has the Queen's seal of approval.
Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed a private screening of The King's Speech and was "moved" by the film, according to its producers, the Weinstein Company.
The film tells the emotional story of Her Majesty's father, King George VI, as he struggles to overcome his debilitating stutter.
"Thirty years ago, the Queen Mother asked me to wait and not tell this story during her lifetime because the memory of these events was still too painful," says screenwriter David Seidler in a statement.
Originally posted 01/30/2011 10:15PM
Black Swan's Natalie Portman and The King's Speech's Colin Firth, along with The Fighter's Melissa Leo and Christian Bale, might just as well clear their mantels.
They all took home Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, a reliable prognosticator of the Feb. 27 Oscars.
Among those she thanked, Portman singled out her parents, "who taught me to work the hardest and never to be an a--hole, that wasn't acceptable."
Originally posted 01/25/2011 12:40PM
Did Oscar host and 127 Hours Best Actor nominee James Franco get his feelings hurt – or does he just have a sense of humor?
On Tuesday morning, the actor spoke to the Today show after the Academy announced his nomination, but he used most of his airtime to rib NBC host Meredith Vieira about her practically already awarding the prize to King's Speech nominee Colin Firth.
"I guess you'll be polishing his statue, eh, Meredith?" joked Franco. A chagrined Vieira said she'd polish Franco's, as well, though she admitted, "I'm in the doghouse."
As for Firth, he sent word from London to describe how he was marking Tuesday's happy occasion, saying he's "currently celebrating with my colleagues three feet above the ground. Not used to this much joy, or this much champagne at this hour."
Originally posted 01/18/2011 08:00AM
Colin Firth might want to prepare another speech.
The British actor, 50, who won the Golden Globe for best actor in The King's Speech this weekend, has been nominated in the same category for Britain's BAFTA Film Awards – with the film itself gaining the most nods, 14, among all contenders.
Black Swan is the next most-honored film, with its star Natalie Portman, another Globe winner, nominated for best actress.
Originally posted 01/16/2011 11:10PM
A king with a stutter; a ballet dancer driven to the brink of madness; a lesbian mom; and a nebbishy television producer – those were the diverse roles that won this year's crop of stars their best actor and actress trophies at Sunday's Golden Globes.
This year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association shared the wealth, divvying up acting and best picture awards among the many different nominees.
The Social Network was named best motion picture drama at the ceremony, and ultimately earned four awards at the show, the most of any film. The Kids Are All Right picked up best motion picture comedy, with Annette Bening named best actress in a comedy for her role as Nic, a doctor, who has children with Julianne Moore's free-spirited character.
Originally posted 01/15/2011 06:40PM
I love the Golden Globes. They efficiently toss out statuettes for film and TV in one snappy show, ply celebrities with enough champagne to say silly things on camera, and insist on bringing back Ricky Gervais to host, knowing he'll say something to tick off somebody important.
So, in the awards-show spirit, let's get to who ought to win Sunday night.
Best Motion Picture – Drama: The King's Speech
No question, The Social Network is the movie of the moment. It's at the top of critics' lists, and with an amazing script from Aaron Sorkin, kinetic directing from David Fincher, and terrific performances from all the actors, it should be. But call me fusty, I'm sticking with The King's Speech.
Originally posted 01/15/2011 08:00AM
One down and one to go!
A weekend of awards shows kicked off with the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium Friday night – and Natalie Portman and Colin Firth went home winners.
The stars of Black Swan and The King's Speech, respectively, both picked up best acting awards but their films lost out in the best picture category to the film about Facebook, The Social Network.
Christian Bale was named best supporting actor for his role in The Fighter and his costar in that pugilistic picture, Melissa Leo, was named best supporting actress.
Originally posted 12/14/2010 09:15AM
A delusional ballerina, a self-amputee adventurer and a stuttering future King of England – as played by Natalie Portman, James Franco and Colin Firth in Black Swan, 127 Hours and The King's Speech – dotted the array of this year's Golden Globe-nominated performances, announced early Tuesday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
In all, The King's Speech garnered the most nods, seven, with The Fighter and The Social Network following with six each.
Johnny Depp received two nominations, for his comedic roles in Tim Burton's summer blockbuster Alice in Wonderland and in this past weekend's box-office disappointment, The Tourist, which also brought a nod to costar Angelina Jolie.
Both those movies are in the running as Best Comedy or Musical Film (though this year there was a noticeable absence of song-and-dance movies). The other nominees are Burlesque, The Kids Are All Right and Red.
Those nominated in the Dramatic Movie category are Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King's Speech and Social Network.
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