Let's get the obvious part out of the way: The King's Speech is a lovely film and perfectly accomplished in every department. From set dressers, to sound editors, to director Tom Hooper and his actors - I mean c'mon, they even have Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon in supporting roles.
- The voters heart British royalty, unconsciously yearning for all that history and all them clipped vowels, see: The Madness of King George, The Queen, Elizabeth etc
- The voters love a good disability, but even better the triumph of 'the human spirit' over it, see Forest Gump, My Left Foot, Scent of a Woman etc
- The voters love to reward you when it's your time, last year's nailed on, shoe-in was Jeff Bridges, for an amazing career, making friends in Hollywood everywhere, in a role he dominated - his popularity meant he beat one...Colin Firth, who this year, for an amazing career...etc
- Men loving voters love him for less than artistic reasons, see...pictures of Colin Firth.
- He will make a splendid speech (oh the irony!) with self-deprecation and witty asides and he will not cry or do anything Gwyneth Paltrow-like when the moment arrives.
- Almost forgot, he's absolutely brilliant in The King's Speech (which won't win best film).