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Firth's delight at Oscar nomination

Colin Firth has expressed his joy at the success of The King's Speech in the Oscar nominations.

The British star - who scored one of the film's 12 nods for his portrayal of King George VI - said of the news: "Currently celebrating with my colleagues three feet above the ground. Not used to this much joy, or this much champagne at this hour."

Meanwhile his co-star Geoffrey Rush, up for best supporting actor, said from Sydney: "It's really wonderful. It's sort of like 'Ben-Hur' proportions. It all seems a bit crazy, you know?"

Helena Bonham Carter, nominated for best supporting actress for her role in the film, added: "As my three-year-old daughter said - 'yay'!. I couldn't put it any better myself."

Former Oscar winner and Academy member Ron Howard had earlier hinted at nomination success for The King's Speech.

The Beautiful Mind director said: "I'm an Academy member so I'm not supposed to make predictions or tell you how I voted, but that [The King's Speech] is a tremendous film."

David Fincher's Facebook movie The Social Network is tipped to be The King's Speech's main rival in the best film category.

Its star Jesse Eisenberg - up for the leading actor gong - said: "To be nominated for this award, especially alongside these other actors, is truly astonishing and a great honour for me."

Fincher, hoping for success in the best director field, said: "I'm very grateful and humbled by the nominations for The Social Network. I'm incredibly proud of the work of my wildly talented collaborators in front of and behind the camera."

Meanwhile British filmmaker Mike Leigh said of his original screenplay nomination for Another Year: "I'm thrilled to bits."

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