With Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” taking the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the L.A. Times points to speculation that there may be an Academy Award or two coming up for the film.
Since two other movies that have shown at TIFF, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “American Beauty,” nabbed this award (which is voted on by Festival audiences) before going on to win the best picture Oscar, it’s possible that “King’s Speech” could garner the same appeal with critics. Last year’s TIFF winner, “Precious,” was nominated for the best picture prize but lost out to “The Hurt Locker."
The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI as he attempts to move past his speech impediment of stuttering while trying to lead the country into battle during World War II.
But even if the TIFF audience award doesn’t turn into a spot in the best picture category, there’s also the chance that Firth could get the Academy’s attention for best actor, the Times suggests. The Daily Beast concurs this speculation, noting that Geoffrey Rush, who plays the King's speech therapist in the film, may also get a best supporting actor nod.
Meanwhile, the Cadillac People’s Choice Award for a Documentary went to “Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie." To view a full list of winners, head over to TIFF.net.
Loved the King's Speech but liked a more artistic movie that has been nominiated but forgotten on the Popular Band Wagon. . The screen interprets life and the subtle nuances of human relations in "Winter's Bone". This was a real piece of art . Unfortunately, it was not about a real "Forest Gump" nor did it satisfy America's addiction to the Brits as in The King's Speech.
LOVE Colin Firth! His performace was Fabulous. Check out Fabulous On A Budget for more on all the Oscar Buzz!
Colin Firth is a wonderful actor and I hope he wins the
Academy Award. I loved him in "What A Girl Wants" also.
Colin Firth is the PERFECT MAN!! NOt only is he a brilliant actor, but he's a human rights activist as well. He's intelligent , humble.and gracious just to name a few attributes. . He's a class act. I'll cry if he doesn't get an Oscar for King's Speech. He certainly deserves one. He deserved it last year for A Single Man.
If Firth does not win for this performance then something has gone wrong somewhere. What an outstanding performance !!
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So great to finally see a movie where stuttering isn't mocked and made fun of! Can't wait to see this one.
He was terrific in "Trauma". It definitely wasn't a 'chick flick'. He plays his roles to perfection. Was also in
"Shakespeare in Love" and was excellent in that role. Always fascinating to watch Colin's acting. One of the
great British actors.
Firth will receive one of those apologetic "make-up" Oscars because he should have won for A Single Man. Oscar has done this several times, giving an Oscar for a lesser performance when everyone knows it was for an earlier role.
It is high time Colin received an Oscar for all his outstanding work most of it mentioned before, "A Single Man" was incredible, loved Mamma Mia, not only that he is so gorgeous.
A Single Man, such an amazing performance. Grade A Actor...
Don't forget Mamma Mia! I thought he gave a pretty awesome performance there too.
Whaddya know and actor whose interest is in being and actor, not a "star". Firth is truly exceptional and I agree with everyone who raves about his performance in P & P. If you want to see him show his very early chops, rent Apartment Zero – it's a warped movie, but he's incredible. The Advocate was also great (and very funny)
Love Colin Firth! He's great in Nanny McPhee, Bridget Jones, and even What a Girl Wants, for chick flicks..he is going to be in Tinker,Tailor, Soldier, Spy-can't wait to see that!
Love Actually. He was wonderful in that!
i LOVE firth! it would be great to see him win something as amazing as an oscar. he certainly deserves it. can't wait to see the film!
I have this film on my Netflix "wait" list...Colin Firth is emerging as an amazing actor. If you haven't seen "A Single Man", do it. His facial expressions in that film are riveting. He communicates so subtly, but with such emotion.
I completely agree with you. "A Single Man" blew me away. The rawness, the honesty, the sheer humanity of the story touched me in a way that no other movie has. I was so disappointed he didn't win Best Actor.
There is only ONE Mr Darcy and that is the GREAT COLIN FIRTH – I am praying we will have The King's Speech showing near us in Florida.
Colin Firth my absolute favorite modern day actor. Wonderfully charming.......
My favorite, too. And while people are naming his movies, there are two more I like: Nanny McPhee, and my personal favorite (besides Valmont), The Importance of Being Earnest. Having read the play, he was perfectly cast in the role. It was as if Oscar Wilde wrote the play just for him.
His performance in "A Single Man" was outstanding.
He was amazing in "A Single Man". Loved him already, of course, but he was still amazing!
What, exactly, is sick about him? Don't post a comment like that without backing up why you have that opinion. Otherwise you are just a troll.
Maggie – Sick can also mean cool.
Whoa, don't get your panties in a bunch. OS Perez meant that comment in a good way.
The guys only in chick flicks and period films. Not like there's anything wrong with that.
You missed last year's "A Single Man". Not a chick flick and not a period piece, really, although it was set in the 60's, I think.
You are correct that "A Single Man" was based in the early 60's but it could have been anytime even today. He is a fine actor and if anyone of you haven't seen the movie for which he was nonimated for an Oscar you should diffently make it a top priority. He is briliant in this movie. Its his turn.
not just chick flicks - Hostages - where he played a british reporter held by Iran for 5 years. He was outstanding.
The Last Legion - he played a roman centurion trying to protect the last emperor of Rome. Conspiracy - he played one of a group of Nazi's formulating – the final solution. He's more than just a pretty face.
Watch him in Conspiracy. If anyone ever doubted he could really act, that's the one that clinched it for me.
I adore Colin Firth in pretty much every movie he has done. I really hope this movie does well and he gets great acclaim for it. Besides being adorable he really is a great actor from comedies to dramas.
What a great English actor! I've seen so many of his films. Valmont with Annette Benning–he was great. The Bridget Jones' flicks were good too. He has a certain look, or facial characteristic that makes him so charming. Americans love this Brit (oh, and of course Alan Rickman as well)
How could you have missed the 1995 P&P? His performance inspired Helen Fielding to write Bridget Jones for him.
I hope he gets all the fame we can give him. He is a fabulous actor and I cannot wait to see this!
He's awesome. I show P&P to my eighth grade students, and he gets more of a reaction from then than the dude who plays Jacob in Twilight. I hope he does get an Oscar!
Late November I think
When is this showing in the theaters? I'd see it! I love period films and I love Colin Firth. Great combination.
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