Colin Firth has welcomed the success of The King’s Speech at the Oscar nominations as a “royal flush”.
The movie is in the running for 12 prizes, more than any other film at the 83rd Academy Awards.
Its raft of nominations include best film, best actor for Firth, best supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter for her role as Queen Elizabeth, and supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush, who plays an unorthodox speech therapist in the British movie. It is also in the running for best director for Briton Tom Hooper, cinematography, and original screenplay.
Firth, 50, who has already landed a Golden Globe for his role as stammering monarch King George VI on the cusp of the Second World War, said after the announcement: “Currently celebrating with my colleagues three feet above the ground. Not used to this much joy, or this much Champagne at this hour.”
He told ITV News: “It’s great, and it’s the fact that so many of us are there, a royal flush. That’s the best thing about it really, we’ll be going together.”
Of his nomination, he added: “It’s a little bit out of body. Your head spins and you try to process it but it’s all good.”
Welsh-born Christian Bale is up for best supporting actor for his role as a boxer-turned-crack addict in boxing movie The Fighter.
British director Mike Leigh has a nomination for original screenplay for Another Year. Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy are up for adapted screenplay for rock-climbing film 127 Hours.
In other categories, graffiti artist Banksy is up for best documentary feature for his debut Exit Through The Gift Shop.
British filmmaker Christopher Nolan has a nomination for best original screenplay – for which The King’s Speech is also nominated – for box office blockbuster Inception. Nolan missed out on best director, for which he had been widely tipped, but Inception is up for best film alongside The King’s Speech and 127 Hours.