Geoffrey Rush: 'The King's Speech' Globe Sweep Is 'Exquisite'

Issue 52 - Making of The King's Speech: Colin Firth & Geoffrey Rush Battle Terrible British Weather - KS_02669
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Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush battled terrible British weather during filming.

Plus, David Seidler's thoughts on competing against pal Aaron Sorkin in the best screenplay category, and how Jacki Weaver celebrated her first-ever nomination.

The King’s Speech screenwriter David Seidler isn't worried that competing against The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin will hurt their newfound friendship.

"Golden Globes put adapted and original screenplays together, so it doubles the competition,” Seidler tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Aaron and I agree that we are both mutually relieved not to be in each other’s category for most."

They'll still hit the awards season party circuit together. "We’ve become friends by email and we’re both looking forward to finally meeting each other and bending an elbow together."

In the meantime, the writer won’t be resting on his laurels. “I have a revision for my next movie, The Lady Who Went To Far, due on Friday,” he tells THR.

Despite the 2 a.m. phone call from Sydney, where he is performing on stage in The Diary of a Madman, a tired-sounding Geoffrey Rush summoned some hometown pride.

“I have been down this path before, but this specific experience is so exquisite because I’m now riding shotgun with Jacki Weaver, who’s been nominated for best supporting actress for Animal Kingdom, and Nicole Kidman’s in there as well -- so it’s a big Aussie year,” he tells THR.

Rush’s nomination for best supporting actor in a motion picture is his fifth Globe nod; he won best actor in 1996 for Shine and best actor in a TV movie in 2004 for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

The play locale meant that Rush could catch the premiere of The King’s Speech in Sydney the night before, though director Tom Hooper, who fielded another  of the film’s leading seven nominations, was stuck in Melbourne.

“We seem to be in the company of films that have very special vibrant contemporary themes,” Rush says of the Globe nominations. “There are themes of communication and leadership and friendship in all its messy glory out there, and they seem to be smart movies that the HFPA have chosen to acknowledge.”

Any champagne-popping will have to wait, however. “My celebration will be hitting my bed as soon as I can,” Rush says, “because I suddenly was told today that I’ve got an 11 am matinee.”

Weaver was watching the Late Show with David Letterman when she received a text from Animal Kingdom director David Michod congratulating her on her first-ever Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actress for the film.

“I’m drinking champagne with my husband,” Weaver said of celebrating.

Weaver – who is currently on stage in Sydney, Australia alongside Cate Blanchett in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya­ ­­– says this nomination will transform her career: “It’s a whole different ball game now.”

But she’s not the only Globe nominee down under.

 “Nicole Kidman is coming to our matinee tomorrow. Everyone’s in town for Oprah!”