Why Colin Firth Could Win The Oscar

Since it’s a slow news day, I’d like to expand on Rex Okpodu’s lists of possible Academy Award contenders in the main categories. Specifically, I’d like to tell you why Colin Firth could very well be standing in the Best Actor winner’s circle for his performance as King George VI in “The King’s Speech.” His main competition will be Leonardo DiCaprio in “Inception.” DiCaprio is certainly overdue but “Inception” seems too effects-driven to produce a best actor winner. Things in Firth’s Oscar favor: he’s in a biopic; he plays a monarch (Oscar historically loves aristos and monarchs); he’s coming off a much-praised Oscar-nommed performance from last year, in “A Single Man”; and in “King’s Speech” his character overcomes a physical disability (speech impediment) to lead his country heroically into the last war people consider necessary. If he had a death scene, he’d be a shoo-in.

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