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Oscar nominations: Helena Bonham Carter, best supporting mom

January 25, 2011 |  9:03 am

Helena Bonham Carter wasn't in the best of places to learn of her Oscar nomination. Not that there's anything wrong with London; it's more the fact that she's battling a cold. But luckily, "The King's Speech" producer Harvey Weinstein hasn't been pushing her too hard.

“I’ve been kind of lying low, frankly. I’d told him I prefer to be best supporting mom than best supporting actress.”

So, why is a movie about a stuttering king garnering this kind of response?

“It’s not just about royals. Anybody who’s got a sense of inadequacy or walks with any degree of fear in life relates to it, which, frankly, is everybody. It’s great that this film has gotten the success it’s had. It’s a tiny British movie. It has wit and heart. The biggest thing is its humanity. People are standing up and clapping at the end here [in the U.K.], which is unheard of.”

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-- Rebecca Keegan

Photo: Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech." Credit: The Weinstein Co.