Colin Firth’s portrayal of King George VI in the film, The King’s Speech, earned him a well-deserved Golden Globe at the annual awards ceremony of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association last night.
The film tells the story of the Duke of York (and soon to be King George VI) struggling to overcome a speech impediment with the assistance of an Australian vocal coach and his wife, the Duchess of York (Helena Bonham-Carter). It’s a powerful story, not least as the King prepares to give a speech to the Nation and Dominions as the threat of world war grows.
Colin Firth’s acceptance speech after winning the award for Best Actor was another master class. Short and precise it came in at two and a half minutes. His introduction featured good comic timing and perfect delivery. His notes of thanks to his fellow cast were well-constructed and finely delivered with some tidy references, perhaps, to the earlier monologue from the show’s host, Ricky Gervais.
A cracking speech for the occasion.
The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+