What Colin Firth thinks about his Oscar odds

'King's Speech' actor has been getting praise for his role

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TORONTO -- With "The King's Speech" possibly catapulting Colin Firth to the front of the race for a best actor Oscar, the British actor was surprisingly reticent on the weekend about his prospects as an awards season contender.

Front of mind is the roller coaster Firth rode last year to the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles with his "A Single Man" nomination.

"It's such a bumpy ride," Firth told the "King's Speech" presser at the Toronto International Film Festival, where his latest movie bowed Friday night at Roy Thomson Hall.

"Even if you have a prevailing feeling, you can't sustain it" though to the Academy Awards, he added when asked about his prospects for gold in 2010.

Ever self-deprecating, Firth continued: "There's surprises along the way. Some are flattering, some are blindly terrifying."

He allowed that his status as an Oscar frontrunner coming out of Toronto would help the film.

And only then Firth finally allowed a glimmer of optimism about snagging the big one after last year's let down.

"If people are throwing baubles at you, it makes up for years of rotten tomatoes," he said.