British actor Colin Firth won the Academy Award on Sunday for his lead role as stammering wartime monarch King George VI in The King’s Speech.
The best actor victory was expected for the 50-year-old veteran of the screen and stage. His acclaimed portrayal of the reluctant king swept virtually all the critics and industry awards leading up to the Oscars.
I have a feeling my career has just peaked,Firth deadpanned to laughter as he accepted his first Oscar.
I am experiencing stirrings somewhere in the upper abdominals which are threatening to form themselves into dance moves,which joyous as they may be for me would be extremely problematic if they make it to my legs before I get off stage,he added.
Firth was Oscar-nominated last year in the same category,for his role as a closeted gay professor in the drama ‘A Single Man’. He becomes the sixth best actor Oscar winner in 10 years to win for playing a real-life character.
Before his dramatic roles in The King’s Speech and A Single Man,Firth had been known best for playing handsome but buttoned-up English men in romantic comedies such as Love Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary.
On Sunday he thanked all the people who have been rooting for me back home and his Italian wife Livia for putting up with his fleeting delusions of royalty while filming.
Firth’s rivals were previous Oscar winners Javier Bardem for Biutiful and Jeff Bridges for True Grit; Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network; and Oscars host James Franco for 127 Hours.