There was much admiration for Colin Firth at Sunday's BAFTAs who (presumably to prove his ability) collected his 'Best Actor' award in the character for which he'd won the aforementioned prize. Firth, known as 'Col' is nothing like this alter ego, claim his friends. One, a Mr Jez Millman of Wandsworth, commented: ' He's nothing like that posh prick in real life, he's just a normal bloke is our Col. He loves a good drink or a night out with the lads.'
Instead of this Colin collecting the award, Colin's character mounted the podium; bumbling, stuttering his speech, keeping his face frozen and adopting a faux-posh accent - just like his winning role in the film 'A Single Character'. At least that is the role he seemed to be playing. This performance was met with adulation and acclaim from the British Press.
Actors collecting awards in role is becoming something of a tradition at the BAFTAs, with Carey Mulligan collecting her 'Best Actress' gong for 'An Education' as a well-spoken, sweet-faced girl who wears nice clothes. James Corden went one better and presented an award as his unfunny, podgy Smithy from Gavin and Stacey. However the 'Best Actor Actor' award surely went to Jonathan Ross who performed a hilariously ironic turn, eschewing his normal comic persona and instead badly delivering overwritten material like a dad at a disco. A fantastically hilarious comic character indeed.