Our fourth Best Actor nominee is Colin Firth for The King’s Speech. Firth plays King George VI, thrust into the role of King of England after his brother Edward abdicated the throne to marry a divorced woman. This is during the WWII era, and it’s King George VI that has to lead his country into war with a strong voice full of courage and conviction. There’s something stopping him though, an overwhelming stammer that leaves him speechless at the microphone. Working with a unique Australian speech therapist, he works towards overcoming this challenge. Firth plays it with such emphasis, and makes you forget that you’re watching him play King George VI, but rather that he embodies and IS King George VI.
There is swearing in this scene, so skip it if swearing bothers you: