Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Crowning glory for King's Speech

Colin Firth accepts the Oscar for best performance by an actor in a leading role for The King's Speech at the 83rd Academy Awards (AP)
Natalie Portman accepts the Oscar for best performance by an actress in a leading role for Black Swan (AP)
Colin Firth, left, congratulates Tom Hooper as Hooper accepts the Oscar for best achievement in directing for The King's Speech (AP)

The King's Speech has picked up four Oscars with its star Colin Firth admitting he felt his career had "just peaked" as he collected the award for Best Actor.

Firth told the audience at the 83rd Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles he wanted to leave the stage before he embarrassed himself by dancing with joy.

He said: "I have a feeling my career has just peaked. My deepest thanks to the academy. I'm afraid I have to warn you that I'm experiencing stirrings somewhere in the upper abdominals which are threatening to form themselves into dance moves which joyous as they may be for me, it would be extremely problematic if they make it to my legs before I get off stage."

Firth thanked his British fans, paying tribute to "all the people who have been rooting for me back home" and thanked his wife whom he said had put up with his "fleeting delusions of royalty".

The story of King George VI's battle with his stutter also won Best Picture, Best Director for Tom Hooper and Best Original Screenplay for David Seidler.

London-born Seidler dedicated his win to "all the stutterers throughout the world". He said: "My father always said to me I would be a late bloomer. I believe I'm the oldest person to win this award."

Hooper thanked his mother who first told him about the play that formed the basis of the film. Addressing her, he said: "With this tonight I honour you and the moral of the story is 'listen to your mother'."

Last year's Best Actor winner Jeff Bridges presented the award for Best Actress to Natalie Portman for her role in the dark thriller Black Swan. The tearful star paid tribute to the other actresses that were up for the award.

Welsh-born Christian Bale won Best Supporting Actor for The Fighter, saying: "Bloody hell. What a room full of talented, inspirational people and what am I doing in the midst of you?" His co-star Melissa Leo triumphed as Best Supporting Actress.

London-born Christopher Nolan saw his film, Inception, miss out on the big prizes but it still picked up four Oscars - one more than The Social Network.

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