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Colin Firth's rep denies the actor left his Oscar in the loo

Colin firth oscar"Story is completely untrue," Colin Firth's representative told The Envelope, referring to reports that her client left his Oscar in the bathroom soon after winning Sunday night. "Though it did give us a good laugh."

"Colin Firth was so flushed by his Oscar triumph that he left his Best Actor trophy on top of a loo," reported London's Daily Mail about his attendance at the Vanity Fair party. "Luckily, the cloakroom attendant spotted it on a cistern and chased after the star to hand it back."

If "The King's Speech" star really had left his statuette in the washroom, he wouldn't have been the first. Meryl Streep famously abandoned her Oscar for "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979), but was reunited with it moments later when another ladies room occupant discovered it and ran after her. Who can blame Streep for the oversight, actually? After all, it was merely a statuette for the supporting category. She'd catch up with the Oscar for lead actress three years later ("Sophie's Choice").

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Photo: Colin Firth, Oscar firmly in hand. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press


Oscars: Colin Firth, lead actor winner and master chef?

Colin When he walked backstage with his Oscar, Colin Firth was asked about his relationship with British royalty. Now that he’s gotten the royal nod of approval for his role as King George VI in best picture winner “The King’s Speech,” does he expect to be invited to the royal wedding?

“As I understand it, the invitations have already gone out,” Firth said. “Mine is definitely lost in the post somewhere. I’m working on tracing it.”

It was then pointed out that “The King’s Speech” got made, in part, thanks to a grant from the UK Film Council, which is being scrapped by the incoming government. Firth said that he didn’t really want to become entangled in the politics of that but added that he thought it was “a very short-sighted decision.”

 And now that the awards season is over, is the actor relieved to take a break from Bertie?

“Yes, I have started having fantasies about what I’ll do when I don’t have to talk to you lot,” he joked to reporters. “No, it’s lovely company. I think I’m going to cook a lot. I’m not very good at it, but I’m going to inflict my cooking on anyone within range. I think I’ll be the only one eating it.”

 What does he think the message of “The King’s Speech" is?

“I don’t believe in messages in anything I do. I make pictures; I don’t think we’re philosophers. I don’t think good storytelling should dictate what people should think or feel,” Firth replied. “What has struck me is that the emotional response has been very personal, very wide and very diverse. Obviously, speech therapists and people with speech impediments have been affected by it. … I think that it’s important that it resonates with people who haven’t been heard in a long time.”

 When Firth was onstage accepting his Oscar, he told the audience that he was trying to control his impulse to dance. Now backstage he was asked whether he’d please let those impulses loose.

“I was struggling to contain them in that moment, and I think that I need some quality time alone,” he said. “I don’t think this is the right environment for that type of behavior, and anybody who has seen ‘Mamma Mia!’ will know what I mean.”

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Colin Firth. Credit: Associated Press 

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Oscars: Colin Firth wins for lead actor

Colin Colin Firth won the Oscar for lead actor for his performance in “The King’s Speech” at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night. The 50-year-old British actor was the odds-on favorite to pick up his first Oscar. He portrays England’s Prince Albert, who struggles to stop his stuttering before being crowned as King George VI.

Firth breezed through the award season, collecting a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA (the British equivalent of the Academy Award), as well as top honors from the majority of critics’ groups.

Firth was competing against Jesse Eisenberg for “The Social Network,” Oscar co-host James Franco for “127 Hours,” Jeff Bridges for “True Grit” and Javier Bardem for “Biutiful.”

The Academy Awards are taking place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. We'll carry all the breaking news and reaction here on Awards Tracker.

-- Susan King

Photo: Colin Firth with his actor Oscar. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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Spirit Awards: 'The King's Speech' wins best foreign film

 

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Academy Award front-runner "The King's Speech," director Tom Hooper's drama about King George VI's attempts to overcome a debilitating stammer, has won the Film Independent Spirit Award for best foreign film, representing Britain. The film is vying for 12 Oscars at Sunday's 83rd Academy Awards.

Photo: Colin Firth in "The King's Speech" Credit: The Weinstein Co.


Experts' Oscar predictions in all 24 categories

Below are the complete, updated Oscar predictions of six of our Buzzmeter pundits: Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) and me. Please give us your Academy Award predictions at The Envelope's Oscar ballot.

-- Tom O'Neil

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BEST PICTURE
"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"Inception"
"The Kids Are All Right"
"The King's Speech" -- Karger, O'Neil, Thompson
"127 Hours"
"The Social Network" -- Stone, Travers, Wells
"Toy Story 3"
"True Grit"
"Winter's Bone"

DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, "Black Swan"
David O. Russell, "The Fighter"
Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech"
David Fincher, "The Social Network" -- Karger, O'Neil, Stone, Thompson, Travers, Wells
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "True Grit"

LEAD ACTOR
Javier Bardem, "Biutiful"
Jeff Bridges, "True Grit"
Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
Colin Firth, "The King's Speech" -- Karger, O'Neil, Stone, Thompson, Travers, Wells
James Franco, "127 Hours"

LEAD ACTRESS
Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right" -- Thompson, Travers
Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"
Natalie Portman, "Black Swan" -- Karger, O'Neil, Stone, Wells
Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine"

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, "The Fighter" --  Karger, O'Neil, Thompson, Travers, Wells
John Hawkes, "Winter's Bone"
Jeremy Renner, "The Town"
Mark Ruffalo, "The Kids Are All Right"
Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech" -- Stone



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Oscars: Colin Firth's keys to discipline

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During a recent interview together, Colin Firth was telling his “King’s Speech” co-star Geoffrey Rush about the time when he was 5 and a teacher slapped him “very hard across the face” for innocently using the word “bugger.”

The story reminded Rush of seeing English actor Stephen Fry perform a one-man show recently in Australia.

“At one point, he asked, ‘Who’s under 40?’ And two-thirds of the audience raised their hands,” Rush remembers. “And he said, ‘You’re the first generation in the history of the planet who has not been beaten.’ And I went, ‘Wow. That’s absolutely true.’ Because anyone older than that has probably been on the receiving end of someone waving a cane.”

“Oh, I was beaten with all sorts of objects,” Firth relates. “I went to school for a year in St. Louis. Missouri is an absolutely heavenly state to visit, but it was also the only state to allow corporal punishment in schools in 1972. In England, we had the cane and the ruler. In Missouri, they had the paddle, a fiberglass model with holes. It hurt.”

Firth also remembers one teacher who had his own creative ideas when it came to discipline.

“If he didn’t like what you were doing, he’d hurl his car keys straight at you,” Firth says. “Expert aim. We actually thought he was cool because he aimed so well. He’d be standing with his back to you and he’d hear you whisper and he’d be around in a second, whizzing them straight at the side of your head.”

“What’s funny,” Firth adds, “is that, at the time, you would never think that’s abusive. Now, you still can’t say ‘bugger’ in England, but I seriously doubt anyone is throwing their car keys in Missouri at the present time.”

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Photo: Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times 


'60 Minutes' highlights 'The King's Speech'

CBS' iconic newsmagazine show "60 Minutes" has spent a lot of time in the last six months looking into Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and, by extension, "The Social Network." On Sunday, a week before the Oscar telecast -- and a good 48 hours before the ballots are due -- "60 Minutes" turned its sights to the new Oscar front-runner, "The King's Speech," which is headed into the big night with awards momentum on its side. The segment featured interviews with stars Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush and screenwriter David Seidler.

The program looked at the film's origin, Firth's relationship to the lead character -- the stuttering King George VI -- and even interviewed speech therapist Lionel Logue's grandson, who discovered his grandfather's diaries, long forgotten in an attic. The actors, it turned out, spent a lot of time reading those diaries even as the film was shooting and incorporated a lot of those details into the script.

The best part of the segment, though, has to be Firth's love for all things spandex and the clip showing his dance montage from "Mamma Mia!" (though that can't be what the Oscar strategists are focused on). The fact that "The King's Speech" was instrumental in uncovering historical documents from that time -- including the original document read by the king during his historic speech telling his subjects that war had begun -- makes its claim for Oscar gold all the more legitimate.

Check out the segment below.

 

 

-- Nicole Sperling


Oscars mystery: Why isn't Natalie Portman considered a shoo-in to win?

"Why isn't Natalie Portman considered a lock?" asks our forums moderator David "Guru" Schnelwar about her Oscar chances to win lead actress. He dug up research about past award patterns that suggests the odds are overwhelmingly in her favor.

Black swan 11Portman ("Black Swan") and Colin Firth ("The King's Speech") have won all of these awards this derby season: Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Critics' Choice and BAFTA. With only one exception, all actors who have pulled off that feat in the past went on to bag the Oscar next. However, some notable gurus, such as our Buzzmeter pundits Anne Thompson and Peter Travers, are nonetheless betting on Annette Bening ("The Kids Are All Right") to prevail.

The only star who didn't win the Oscar after sweeping those precursor prizes: Russell Crowe ("A Beautiful Mind"). He probably would've won the Academy Award too, but he lost the sympathy of voters when he lost his temper and attacked a BAFTA producer, thus throwing the lead actor race to Denzel Washington ("Training Day").

Portman has behaved most graciously throughout this awards season, of course, but there are several good reasons why she could be tripped up by Bening, who is: 1) a three-time past loser overdue to win; 2) a member of the academy's Board of Governors; 3) a heterosexual star who plays gay, which earned Oscar gold for Sean Penn ("Milk") and Tom Hanks ("Philadelphia").

Below: The actors who swept their awards season by winning the Oscar, Golden Globe, Critics' Choice, SAG and BAFTA Awards.

BEST ACTOR
1996 - Geoffrey Rush, "Shine"
2004 - Jamie Foxx, "Ray"
2005 - Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"
2006 - Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"
2007 - Daniel Day Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
2007 - Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"
2008 - Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"
2009 - Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

BEST ACTRESS
2000 - Julia Roberts, "Erin Brockovich"
2005 - Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line"
2006 - Helen Mirren, "The Queen"
2008 - Kate Winslet, "The Reader"

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Around the awards track: 10 Oscar films that were banned and condemned | What upsets are brewing?

• The most shocking thing about the list of top Oscar contenders that were banned from theaters in the past is the fact that the flicks don't seem so shocking today. Can you believe that "Mildred Pierce" was banned in Ireland in 1945? Malaysia, Singapore and parts of the U.K. forbid "The Exorcist" to be shown. China really goes crazy outlawing Oscar contenders ("Brokeback Mountain," of course) –- its leaders even banned "Avatar"! See the full list here. Exorcist banned Also check out "10 Oscar Films Condemned by the Legion of Decency." That list includes such jaw-droppers as "Some Like It Hot" and "Spartacus"! GOLD DERBY

• To win this Oscar contest you must answer some curious questions: Will James Franco sing during the ceremony? How late into the telecast will we see Hugh Jackman? Who will be the best-dressed actress? NEXT MOVIE

Steve Pond weighs the state of the Oscar race. Yes, "The King's Speech" and Colin Firth are shoo-ins to win best picture and lead actor, but the award for best director might go to David Fincher ("The Social Network"). Pond doesn't buy the late-breaking buzz behind Annette Bening ("The Kids Are All Right"): "This surge, if it is indeed happening, is likely a case of too little, too late." In the supporting slots, he warns that Hailee Steinfeld ("True Grit") or Helena Bonham Carter ("The King's Speech") could trip up front-runner Melissa Leo ("The Fighter") and adds about her costar: "I suspect that Bale, at least, is unassailable, particularly since Rush has already won and Bale has never even been nominated." THE WRAP

• Speaking of Oscar crystal-balling, Sasha Stone believes there is still a "little teeny 1%" chance that "Social Network" could win best picture. Most suspense is in that race for supporting actress: "This category is so confused right now that there is no technical 'front-runner' in it. I don't think Leo's ad campaign hurt her, rather, I think it tips the win in her favor. But any of the five could win and I would not be surprised. All of this clears the way for the 'heart light' win, Helena Bonham Carter, as Anne Thompson is predicting." AWARDS DAILY

Inside job

Kris Tapley breaks down that tricky Oscar race for  documentary feature, which is hard to forecast because it's not decided by the mood swings of a popular vote. Academy members may cast ballots in that category only if they actually, egads, view the nominated flicks at screenings. Tapley's conclusion: "Inside Job" will win, but "Exit Through the Gift Shop" should win and could –- beware –- pull off an upset. IN CONTENTION

• Speaking of Helena Bonham Carter, she promises that she'll commit a fashion "catastrophe" on the Oscars red carpet. Celeb stylist June Ambrose attempts a fashion intervention with advice: "I'm done, just done with that," she says of Bonham Carter's mismatched-shoes act at the Golden Globes. She suggests a dress designer: "I'd put her in McQueen." E! ONLINE

-- Tom O'Neil

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Bottom photo: "Inside Job" (Sony Pictures Classics)


Oscars: Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush and Rupert Everett's crush

Colin and Geoffrey 
Before getting together for the multiple Oscar-nominated “The King’s Speech,” Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush hadn’t seen each other since they worked together on past best picture winner “Shakespeare in Love” in 1998. Rush played theater manager Philip Henslowe; Firth, the debt-choked lord betrothed to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Viola. The two actors shared all of one scene in the film and spent more time together promoting the movie than they did shooting it.

“And I’ve completely blotted out that press junket with the exception of the evenings I spent with Colin and Rupert Everett, drinking and laughing like fools,” Rush says.

“Yes, Rupert walked away with a lot of that film,” Firth says. The two spoke to The Envelope earlier this year for a story about "The King's Speech."

Firth and Everett have apparently ended the on-again, off-again feud that dates back to the 1984 film “Another Country,” a movie that marked the big-screen debut for both actors. Everett wrote in his 2006 memoir that he fancied Firth until he “produced a guitar and began to sing protest songs between scenes.”

From the book: “‘There are limits,’ said my friend Piers Flint-Shipman, ‘when “Lemon Tree, Very Pretty” began,” Everett wrote. “Colin was visibly pained by our superficiality.”

Says Rush to Firth: “Having done stints with Rupert on red carpets and other banana skins, I laughed at every line. It was like being back at that bar.”

“It’s also wildly off the truth,” Firth interjects. “Everything he says is wrong.”

Rush: “Really?”

Firth: “Oh, yeah. I have to say that because I’m in the bloody book. I deny everything. I would never have brought a guitar to the set in Rupert Everett’s presence or any other person.”

Rush: “Well then, you really need to write your own book, don’t you? You have a vivid imagination. I’m sure you could pay him back … with interest.”

Firth quickly changed the subject, so don’t expect that particular tell-all anytime soon.

-- Glenn Whipp

Photo: Geoffrey Rush, left, and Colin Firth. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times



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