Firth hails 'King's Speech' Oscar nods success
British actor Colin Firth on Tuesday hailed the success of "The King's Speech" as a "royal flush" after the historical drama was named the Oscar frontrunner with 12 nominations.
The film, which stars Firth as a stammering King George VI, beat rivals including "True Grit" and Facebook film "The Social Network," in nods for the 83rd annual Academy Awards to be held on February 27.
Firth was nominated for best actor, while Helena Bonham Carter, who plays his royal wife, was nominated for best supporting actress.
Geoffrey Rush playing the speech therapist who helps the king was also nominated for best supporting actor.
"It's great, and it's the fact that so many of us are there, a royal flush. That's the best thing about it really, we'll be going together," an ecstatic Firth Britain's ITV News.
"It's a little bit out of body. Your head spins and you try to process it but it's all good," added the 50-year-old.
He joked that his career had gone into orbit since he was first nominated for best actor Oscar last year.
"It's almost like I was fired out of a cannon this time last year and I'm still orbiting Pluto,' he told the Today Show, adding: "It's quite extraordinary."
Firth, who won a Golden Globe earlier this month for his performance in the British movie, is widely tipped for the best actor award at the Oscars show next month, the climax of Hollywood's annual awards season.
Overall, "The King's Speech" won Oscar nods for best film, three acting categories, as well as for directing, editing, musical score, art direction, cinematography, costume design, sound mixing and original screenplay.
"True Grit," the Coen brothers' take on the classic Western, garnered 10 nominations while eight each went to hi-tech thriller "Inception" and "The Social Network," which had been tipped as Oscar favourite.
© 2011 AFP