Geoffrey Rush has expressed his delight at the success of The King’s Speech in the Oscar nominations.
The actor – who has one of the film’s 12 nominations for his supporting role as unorthodox speech therapist Lionel Logue – said: “This story has struck such a rich resonant chord with audiences of all ages, which is very exciting – to have your work honoured by your industry peers is even better.”
Former Academy Award winner Ron Howard said he expected good things for The King’s Speech on Oscar night.
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.
“It’s quite a year. A lot of terrific filmmakers did the best work of their lives and we, as fans, are the beneficiaries of that.”
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.”
John Smithson, a producer on Danny Boyle’s survival movie 127 Hours, which is nominated for six gongs, said: “Danny and his team have done a tremendous job in creating an engaging film about one man’s near-death experience.”