Colin Firth earning Oscar buzz for 'King's Speech'
September 21st, 2010
12:33 PM ET

Colin Firth earning Oscar buzz for 'King's Speech'

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

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  1. Thomas A. Richart.

    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.

    February 25, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Leah Ashley

    LOVE Colin Firth! His performace was Fabulous. Check out Fabulous On A Budget for more on all the Oscar Buzz!

    February 22, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. loretta Goldstein

    Colin Firth is a wonderful actor and I hope he wins the
    Academy Award. I loved him in "What A Girl Wants" also.

    February 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joyce

    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.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. peter wolf

    If Firth does not win for this performance then something has gone wrong somewhere. What an outstanding performance !!

    December 31, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. luvit

    Watch Online movies free

    October 10, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Erica

    So great to finally see a movie where stuttering isn't mocked and made fun of! Can't wait to see this one.

    September 24, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Linda

    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.

    September 23, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mal Tempo

    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.

    September 23, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Francesca

      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.

      September 23, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kev

    A Single Man, such an amazing performance. Grade A Actor...

    September 23, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    Don't forget Mamma Mia! I thought he gave a pretty awesome performance there too.

    September 22, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ol cranky

    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)

    September 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jujumn

    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!

    September 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Patsy

    Love Actually. He was wonderful in that!

    September 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fiery Buddha

    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!

    September 22, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  16. lizzie

    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.

    September 22, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      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.

      September 23, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  17. MJ


    September 22, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Francesca

      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.

      September 23, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  18. Diane

    Colin Firth my absolute favorite modern day actor. Wonderfully charming.......

    September 22, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      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.

      September 22, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  19. Finch

    His performance in "A Single Man" was outstanding.

    September 21, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  20. CaliCat

    He was amazing in "A Single Man". Loved him already, of course, but he was still amazing!

    September 21, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  21. os perez

    Sick actor

    September 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      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.

      September 22, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • connor

      Maggie – Sick can also mean cool.

      September 22, 2010 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Whoa, don't get your panties in a bunch. OS Perez meant that comment in a good way.

      September 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Great Actor but...

    The guys only in chick flicks and period films. Not like there's anything wrong with that.

    September 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tory

      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.

      September 21, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • txdude

      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.

      September 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • firth fan

      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.

      September 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  23. elena

    Watch him in Conspiracy. If anyone ever doubted he could really act, that's the one that clinched it for me.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Taylor

    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.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Marie

    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)

    September 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katharine

      How could you have missed the 1995 P&P? His performance inspired Helen Fielding to write Bridget Jones for him.

      September 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Michelle

    I hope he gets all the fame we can give him. He is a fabulous actor and I cannot wait to see this!

    September 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • tef59

      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!

      September 22, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  27. Lesley

    Late November I think

    September 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jessica

    When is this showing in the theaters? I'd see it! I love period films and I love Colin Firth. Great combination.

    September 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |

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