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He won a coveted Golden Globe, and scored a BAFTA nod. Now Colin Firth could achieve an awards season triple whammy after being shortlisted for an Oscar.
The 50-year-old star of The King's Speech, which tells the tale of how stammering King George VI battled his problem is vying for the best actor gong against Javier Bardem, Jeff Bridges, Jesse Eisenberg and James Franco.
Fellow Brit and co-star in the film, Helena Bonham Carter has been nominated in the best supporting actress category, along with Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Haylee Steinfeld and Jacki Weaver.
Natalie Portman, whose portrayal of a tortured ballerina in psychological thriller Black Swan has won her many plaudits, is up for the leading actress trophy.
She must see of competition from Nicole Kidman, Michelle Williams, Jennifer Lawrence and Annette Bening