Helena Bonham Carter insisted she was relieved not to win the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, as it meant she didn’t have to make a speech.
The British star, who plays the Queen Mother alongside award winner Colin Firth in The King’s Speech revealed at the Weinstein after-party for the awards she was glad to lose out to The Fighter’s Melissa Leo.
Helena said: “I’m really glad Colin won, it was fine. I was so glad I didn’t have to get up and give a speech.”
And the actress – who worked with The Social Network’s David Fincher on Fight Club – admitted she was not too upset that The King’s Speech missed out to The Social Network for Best Picture.
She said: “At the time you’re just glad you don’t have to get up. I’m slightly split because I really like David Fincher because I’ve worked with him, but whatever, all I care about is if I’m going to get another job, that’s all it’s about.”
The film’s director Tom Hooper was equally gracious in defeat.
“I’m thrilled for Colin, I was just pleased to be in the room with seven nominations in the first place,” he said.
Tom said Colin’s reference to a possible mid-life crisis was a joke and he was able to cope with being in the spotlight.
He said: “Look, he’s done the whole thing before and it was only a year ago.
“I think he has his way through and he has his lovely wife Livia, his great supporter, and he’s got all of us.”