Firth Triumphs In Hollywood With The King’s Speech

By Andrew Ivey | Speeches

Feb 28

In his acceptance speech last night at the 83rd Academy Awards, Colin Firth, the winner of the Best Actor award for his performance in The King’s Speech, thanked everyone who had made the award possible.

The King's Speech

The King’s Speech Wins Oscar For Colin Firth

Keeping well within the strict guidelines for this year’s acceptance speeches, Firth used his short speech to good effect. Yes, he was hesitant. But this added to the over all effect.

He’s fond of self-deprecating humour in his speeches and this one was no exception as he made clear how nervous he was about the whole awards ceremony.

The King’s Speech Wins At The Academy Awards, 2011

His acceptance speech was the highlight of a very successful year for Colin and everyone associated with the King’s Speech. Last night the film, directed by Tom Hooper, scooped four Academy awards:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Original Screenplay

If there was disappointment from Geoffrey Rush or Helena Bonham-Carter who were nominated for the Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress in the film, then it didn’t show. Yes, four awards is a pretty good return.

It’s true Colin’s acceptance speech wasn’t the unique masterful speech of the Golden Globes, but it did just about fit the strict timings for the Oscars ceremony. And the audience appreciated that.

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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.