BAFTA nod for Colin Firth ups Oscar glory chances

Tuesday January 18, 2011

Just days after walking off, in true regal style, with a coveted Golden Globe, Colin Firth is leading the pack of British actors shortlisted for a BAFTA.

The 50-year-old star of The King's Speech about the stammering King George VI 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 Miranda Richardson for her role in Made in Dagenham.

The late Pete Postlethwaite, who sadly died recently, is among the nominees for the best supporting actor for his role in in Ben Affleck's The Town while Christian Bale will also be hoping to repeat his Golden Globe glory.

With the Oscars just around the corner, the BAFTA nomination – to be awarded at London's Royal Opera House on February 13 – could herald a victorious triple whammy for Colin this awards' season.

Natalie Portman, whose portrayal as a tortured ballerina in psychological thriller Black Swan has won her many plaudits, is up for the leading actress trophy.

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