“The King’s Speech” star to receive honor after impressing royal family with his portrayal of the Queen’s father
Colin Firth should move his Oscar over on his trophy shelf, because he's about to get another award. "The King's Speech" actor will be honored with Commander of the British Empire (CBE) status by Queen Elizabeth II, the Associated Press reported on Friday.
Rumors that Firth, 50, was in contention for knighthood first emerged in March, after reports surfaced that members of the royal family had been impressed by his portrayal of a stuttering King George VI, Queen Elizabeth's father. (Her Royal Highness is said to have had a private screening of the film.)
Firth won a best actor Oscar for his work in "The King's Speech," which received four Academy Awards overall in February.
The Queen bestows honors twice a year, on New Year's Eve and on her official birthday. (She turned 85 in April, but celebrates on June 11.)
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