Actor: Geoffrey Rush
Role: Lionel Logue in The King’s Speech.
Synopsis: After the death of his father King George V (Michael Gambon) and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), Bertie (Colin Firth) who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England.
With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush).
After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond. With the support of Logue, his family, his government and Winston Churchill (Timothy Spall), the King will overcome his stammer and deliver a radio-address that inspires his people and unites them in battle.
Previous Golden Globe Wins: Rush has two Golden Globes in his collection winning Best Actor for Shine and Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
Previous Golden Globe Nominations: He also picked up Best Actor nod for Quills and Best Supporting Actor for Shakespeare In Love.
Awards For Role: He has already won Best Supporting Actor at the British Independent Film Awards and the Southeastern Film Critics Association Award,
He has also been nominated at the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards and the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.
Critics: “Geoffrey Rush is bloody marvellous.” - Urban Cinefile.
“This is a real actor's piece and Geoffrey Rush, who was one of the executive producers, and Colin Firth are really superb in these roles; Helena Bonham Carter too.” - At The Movies
“Both actors completely inhabit their absorbing roles, relishing the opportunity their exchanges provide and adding unlooked-for layers to a complicated human relationship.” - Los Angeles Times
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw