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Firth Wins Bafta Actor Nomination for ‘King’s Speech’

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham in "The King's Speech," about Queen Elizabeth II's father, King George. Source: Imagenet/London Film Festival via Bloomberg

Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Colin Firth was today nominated for a British Academy Film Award for playing Queen Elizabeth II’s stuttering father in “The King’s Speech.”

Firth won a Golden Globe on Jan. 16 for the same role.

“The King’s Speech” scooped up a total of 14 nominations, including best film, best original screenplay, best supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter and best director for Tom Hooper, the organizers said at a London nomination ceremony.

The Baftas are a bellwether of the year’s most successful films. The other four titles shortlisted for a best-film Bafta were “Black Swan” directed by Darren Aronofsky, “Inception” by Christopher Nolan, “The Social Network” by David Fincher, and “True Grit” by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Firth’s rival nominees for the best-actor Bafta are Javier Bardem (“Biutiful”), Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”), Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”), and James Franco (“127 Hours”).

In the running for the leading-actress Bafta are Annette Bening and Julianne Moore (for “The Kids Are All Right”), Natalie Portman (“The Black Swan”), Noomi Rapace (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), and Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”).

The awards will be handed out in a red-carpet gala at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday Feb. 13.

Started in 1947 and honoring films produced worldwide and shown in U.K. cinemas, the Baftas are now held before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards, or Oscars. Nominations for the Oscars come on Jan. 25; Hollywood’s most prestigious awards will be presented in Los Angeles on Feb. 27.

Bafta Main 2010 Nominations (presented in 2011)

BEST FILM
BLACK SWAN
INCEPTION
THE KING’S SPEECH
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
TRUE GRIT

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
127 HOURS
ANOTHER YEAR
FOUR LIONS
THE KING’S SPEECH
MADE IN DAGENHAM

DIRECTOR
127 HOURS Danny Boyle
BLACK SWAN Darren Aronofsky
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
THE KING’S SPEECH Tom Hooper
THE SOCIAL NETWORK David Fincher

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BLACK SWAN Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John McLaughlin
THE FIGHTER Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
INCEPTION Christopher Nolan
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
THE KING’S SPEECH David Seidler

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
127 HOURS Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Rasmus Heisterberg, Nikolaj
Arcel
THE SOCIAL NETWORK Aaron Sorkin
TOY STORY 3 Michael Arndt
TRUE GRIT Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
BIUTIFUL Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jon Kilik, Fernando
Bovaira
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Soren Staemose, Niels Arden
Oplev
I AM LOVE Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi D’Eril, Marco
Morabito, Massimiliano Violante
OF GODS AND MEN Xavier Beauvois
THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES Mariela Besuievsky, Juan Jose
Campanella

LEADING ACTOR
JAVIER BARDEM Biutiful
JEFF BRIDGES True Grit
JESSE EISENBERG The Social Network
COLIN FIRTH The King’s Speech
JAMES FRANCO 127 Hours

LEADING ACTRESS
ANNETTE BENING The Kids Are All Right
JULIANNE MOORE The Kids Are All Right
NATALIE PORTMAN Black Swan
NOOMI RAPACE The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
HAILEE STEINFELD True Grit

SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHRISTIAN BALE The Fighter
ANDREW GARFIELD The Social Network
PETE POSTLETHWAITE The Town
MARK RUFFALO The Kids Are All Right
GEOFFREY RUSH The King’s Speech

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
AMY ADAMS The Fighter
HELENA BONHAM CARTER The King’s Speech
BARBARA HERSHEY Black Swan
LESLEY MANVILLE Another Year
MIRANDA RICHARDSON Made in Dagenham

ORIGINAL MUSIC
127 HOURS AR Rahman
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Danny Elfman
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON John Powell
INCEPTION Hans Zimmer
THE KING’S SPEECH Alexandre Desplat

CINEMATOGRAPHY
127 HOURS Anthony Dod Mantle, Enrique Chediak
BLACK SWAN Matthew Libatique
INCEPTION Wally Pfister
THE KING’S SPEECH Danny Cohen
TRUE GRIT Roger Deakins

To contact the writer on the story: Farah Nayeri in London at farahn@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Beech at at mbeech@bloomberg.net.

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