Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Why Colin Firth is in the perfect storm for Oscar

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.

...but the main story will be Colin Firth, who even your grandma who hasn't been to the pictures since Gone with the Wind knows will win his shiny statue at the The Academy Awards next month. How do we know?

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Men loving voters love him for less than artistic reasons, see...pictures of Colin Firth.
  5. 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.
  6. Almost forgot, he's absolutely brilliant in The King's Speech (which won't win best film).


  1. I think Colin will win but agree that it will not win best picture ... the oscars rarely vote for best brit and best brit film (i'm sensing a long list to prove me wrong here). i have always loved mr darcy ever since he came out of the water in a wet shirt competition (makes halle berry look rubbish in a bond film!)

  2. Melanie*
    The tide seems to have turned; with 12 Oscar nominations and the recent director's guild win I am changing my prediction for Best Picture: looks like that too will be King's Speech.