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A home win for The King's Speech

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Will Gompertz | 09:52 UK time, Monday, 14 February 2011

So The King's Speech has had a confident home win with seven Baftas, now for the away fixture.

Colin Firth in The King's Speech


In two weeks' time the film awards season will be over and we'll know if The King's Speech and Colin Firth have their respective Oscars. It's going to be a tough away fixture.

True Grit and The Social Network will run The King's Speech very close as best picture, and it is quite possible that Jeff Bridges gazumps Colin Firth as best actor for the second year running.

As for Helena Bonham Carter, Melissa Leo's performance in The Fighter could provide a knock-out blow. And then there's 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld who put in a terrific turn in True Grit.

But the man under most pressure to repeat his Bafta success across the Atlantic must be Geoffrey Rush. He was excellent as Lionel Logue, King George VI's speech therapist, but Christian Bale's crack-head big brother in The Fighter was quite brilliant.

My hunch is: The Social Network for Best Picture, Colin Firth for best actor, Melissa Leo for supporting actress and Christian Bale for supporting actor. But then it could be True Grit, Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld and Mark Ruffalo. Or...

One other thought, what about Jennifer Lawrence for best actress?



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