Helena Bonham Carter
Finally, today’s Best Supporting Actress nominee is Helena Bonham Carter for The King’s Speech. (Didja know that the man who wrote this movie asked the Queen Mother’s permission to do so and she told him no, that it was just still too painful an experience, however upon her death, he had her permission?) The movie tells the tale of King George VI of Britain, his sudden ascention to the throne and the unique speech therapist who helped him become worthy of it. Bonham-Carter plays Elizabeth, the Duchess of York, later Queen Elizabeth (the mother to the current Queen Elizabeth.) A supportive and loving character who is the one who finds the speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush, she also assists in his treatment to overcome the horrible stammer King George once suffered from. Considered a compelling and powerful performance, it just adds to her already impressive, if somewhat eccentric, resume.