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With 12 total Oscar nods, The King's Speech is reigning supreme at this year's awards. Set in 1930s England, the film is based on the remarkable real-life story of King George VI, the father of Britain's current Queen Elizabeth. After his father dies and his brother abdicates the throne, King George, played by Colin Firth, reluctantly steps into the spotlight and reveals a humiliating family secret—his life-long stammer.
Geoffrey Rush is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in his role as Lionel Logue, a speech therapist who helps the king find his voice just as the country is on the brink of World War II. This is Geoffrey's fourth nomination. He won Best Actor in 1997 for his work in Shine. "Everyone's been talking about the out-of-body experience," he says. "I think it's closer to being zombified."