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Colin Firth’s wife insists his Oscar success won’t change him

Colin Firth’s wife insists his Oscar success won’t change him.

The 50-year-old star picked up the coveted Best Actor statue at last month’s Academy Awards and despite his triumph, the British hunk’s wife Livia insists they will continue to lead a normal life.

Livia said: “We’re not moving to Hollywood, we’re going back home and he’s still the man I married. He’ll still put the bins out and leave his socks on the floor. It’s just now he has an Oscar and that is amazing.

“My plan is to rest, relax with my husband, go home, be happy. And we’ll be back next year when Colin will present an award.”

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Colin Firth “felt” the support of the UK when he won his Oscar

Colin Firth “felt” the support of the UK when he won his Oscar.

The 50-year-old star – who picked up the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of stuttering British monarch King George VI in ‘The King’s Speech’ on Sunday night (27.02.11) – forgot about the speech he had planned when he took to the stage to accept the accolade but says the backing of his countrymen helped him through.

He said: “I actually wrote a speech and forgot it. And that was when it came to me, that support at home. I felt it – it was very important to me.”

The film won a total of four awards – Best Actor, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay – and Colin was said to be “buzzing” at the movie’s success.

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Colin Firth has been invited to design a burger for Burger King

Colin Firth has been invited to design a burger.

The ‘King’s Speech’ actor has been asked by fast food chain Burger King to create his own culinary treat if he picks up the Academy Award for Best Actor on Sunday (27.02.11), with the company pledging to make the meaty snack available to the public.

A spokesman for the restaurant chain said: “We’re offering our Oscar hopeful the chance to crown his own BK classic.

“If Colin brings the coveted Oscar statuette back to Britain, we will invite him to join our chefs and create a unique celebratory burger bearing his name."

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Colin Firth didn’t impress his wife’s parents when they first met

Colin Firth didn’t impress his wife’s parents when they first met.

The ‘King’s Speech’ star married film producer Livia Giuggioli – with who he has sons Luca, nine, and Matteo, seven – in 1997 and admits one of the main reasons why he learned to speak her native Italian was a desperate bid to win over her mother and father.

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Colin Firth treats his marriage like a “marathon”.

Colin Firth says the secret to a happy marriage is treating it like a “marathon”.

The 50-year-old actor is married to Italian film producer-and-director Livia Giuggioli and he insists their 15-year relationship is still strong because they always make time for one another.

Colin – who has two sons, nine-year-old Luca and Matteo, seven, with Livia - said: “You know, we've made it 15 years together. I think that's pretty good going, by Hollywood standards. And it’s going to go on forever. You just you navigate things on a daily basis. We are crazy about each other.

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Jeff Bridges won't feel guilty if he wins an Oscar

Jeff Bridges won't feel guilty if he beats Colin Firth to the Best Actor prize at this year's Oscars.

The 61-year-old star triumphed over Colin - who was nominated for his performance in 'A Single Man' - at last year's Academy Awards for his role in 'Crazy Heart' and he admits he is quite comfortable with the prospect of defeating ‘The King’s Speech’ star again.

Jeff - who is nominated this year for his turn in 'True Grit' – said: "I don't think I'd feel too guilty, no. Just let it fall where it may."

However, the seasoned actor has confessed he does feel guilty for not watching all of his fellow nominees’ films.

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Helen Mirren has tipped Colin Firth for Oscar success

Helen Mirren has tipped Colin Firth for Oscar success.

The 65-year-old actress - who won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in 2006's 'The Queen' - explained while she is "100 per cent" confident the British actor will win the Academy Award for his part in 'The King's Speech', she doesn't think it will change his life.

She told BANG Showbiz: "I would rate his chances 100 per cent for winning an Oscar. I think his performance is spectacular and I'm proud to be a British actor alongside him.

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The King's Speech: Colin Firth toasts Oscar Nomination with champagne!

Colin Firth celebrated his Best Actor Oscar nomination with some early morning champagne.

The 50-year-old star – who is favourite to win the prestigious award at next month’s ceremony for his portrayal of stuttering British monarch King George VI in ‘The King’s Speech’ – admitted he treated himself to some fizz as soon as he heard the news even though it was still early.

He said of the nomination: "I’m currently celebrating with my colleagues three feet above the ground. Not used to this much joy, or this much champagne at this hour."

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Colin Firth and Natalie Portman won at VH1 Critics Choice Awards 2011

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman were named Best Actor and Actress at last nights (14.01.11) VH1 Critics Choice Awards.

The British actor took away the trophy for his role as Britain's stammering King Edward VI in 'The King's Speech', while Natalie was awarded for her portrayal of ballet dancer Nina Sayers in 'Black Swan'.

Accepting her award, Natalie thanked director Darren Aaronofsky not only for his work on the film, but for introducing her to fiance, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, with whom she is now expecting a baby.

Addressing Darren, she said: “You are responsible for getting me skinny and indirectly responsible for getting me very fat, as you introduced me to my love.”

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'The King's Speech' made Colin Firth a nervous wreck!

Colin Firth's latest role was a "physical battle".

The 50-year-old actor stars in 'The King's Speech' as King George VI and found playing the stammering monarch made him so tense he suffered from headaches and trapped nerves, putting him in a "semi-paralysis".

On playing someone so emotionally fragile, he said: "Some part of you goes there. I try to play it as the character would be experiencing it, which is to try not to do it. The sheer physical effort that requires had an effect on my whole body, and while shooting 'The King's Speech' I suffered from headaches.

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