Actor Colin Firth won his first Best Actor Academy Award Sunday (Feb. 27) at the 83rd annual Oscar ceremony for his work in “The King’s Speech.” And unlike his on-screen King George, Firth had no trouble at the microphone. His speech was understated, poignant and funny.

Firth says:

I have a feeling my career has just peaked. My deepest
thanks to the Academy. I’m afraid I have to warn you that I’m
experiencing stirrings. Somewhere in the upper abdominals which are
threatening to form themselves into dance moves. Joyous as they may be
for me, it would be extremely problematic if they make it to my legs
before I get off stage.

So I’m going to do my best to be brief with my gratitude first for being
on this extraordinary list of fellow nominees. Something quite
formidable and possibly the greatest honor of this. All the crew and my
fellow cast members, those who are not here, and those who are,
Geoffrey, Helena, and Guy, whose virtuosity made it very very difficult
for me to be as bad as I was planning to be. And David Seidler whose own
struggles have given so many people the benefit of his very beautiful
voice and Tom Hooper for the immense courage and clear sightedness with
which he interpreted that. The men who finessed this to the screen,
Gareth, Emile, Iain, Xavier, and of course, Harvey, who first took me on
20 years ago when I was a mere child sensation.

And all the people who have been rooting for me back home. Also Jessica
Kolstad, my friend, Paul Lyon-Maris, and Chris Andrews for bearing with
me through some of the less fortunate moments as well as the good ones
and my very fortunate friendship with Tom Ford who to whom I owe a very
big piece of this. And to the Anglo-Italian-American-Canadian axis,
which makes up my family and Livia for putting up with my fleeting
delusions of royalty and who I hold responsible for this and for really
everything that’s good that’s happened since I met her. Now if you’ll
all excuse me, I have some impulses I have to tend to backstage. Thank
you very much.

Congratulations, Colin! Love you.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

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