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Golden Globes nominations: Geoffrey Rush

December 14, 2010 |  7:46 am

GeoffreyRush "The King's Speech" topped the Golden Globe nominations with seven, including best picture (drama), best director for Tom Hooper, best actor for Colin Firth, best supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush and best supporting actress for Helena Bonham-Carter.

"I'm thrilled for Colin, who -- you donít expect late in your career to actually meet somebody that you form a very strong friendship and bond with. Which certainly happened with me and Colin and Tom," Rush said. "Itís a rather embarrassing triumvirate of man love. Hopefully, some of that energy has transferred itself into the film. We had a remarkable collaborative energy going on, and that was very exciting."

Because of his hectic schedule, Rush had to shoot all his "King's Speech" scenes in a  month. "So we did all the stuff back-to-back, and we had very strong invested rehearsal and analytical workshops and that I love. Thatís my favorite part of it. I donít love the red carpet side of it. Itís really thrilling to know that Helena and Tom and Colin and the film and the music and the script were recognized, for a film thatís basically about a very obscure Anglo-Australian-colonial-empirical relationship.

"We know from having seen it at Telluride and Toronto [film festivals], audiences have just come on board with the same sort of energy, so for the Hollywood Foreign Press to give us the gong -- theyíve always championed radical new television, they always pick up slightly less of center films globally and I found that really exhilarating."

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Geoffrey Rush. Credit: Caroline McCredie / Getty Images