Christian Bale may be the favorite for his role in The Fighter but my vote’s on Geoffrey Rush for the supporting Oscar!
By the time I saw The King’s Speech, I had already heard all of the buzz surrounding the Oscar-nominated movie. I was a little skeptical, as I often am about movies everyone loves “SOOO” much. But once Geoffrey Rush hit the big screen with his “listen to this record while reading Shakespeare and you’ll be amazing because I’m always right and yes I WILL call you Bertie despite your title” attitude, I jumped on the bandwagon.
I have to admit, I have a soft spot for Australians. I just returned from a year abroad in gorgeous Sydney, so maybe it’s Geoffrey’s accent that won my heart. But I honestly think he did such an amazing job playing Lionel Logue, the speech therapist who helps King George VI (Colin Firth) get over his childhood stammering problem. In the same way that his character used eccentric ways to help “Bertie”, I believe Geoffrey provided true support to Colin’s equally talented role. He infused a comedic heart into the film, thawing out Bertie and refusing to conform to formalities in a relentless pursuit to help him in his path to become King.
What do you guys think? Should Geoffrey beat out fellow nominees Christian Bale (The Fighter), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bones), Jeremy Renner (The Town), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right)?