Firth favourite at Golden Globes

Colin Firth is hot favourite to be the big winner at tonight's Golden Globes.

Colin Firth is hot favourite to be the big winner at tonight's Golden Globes.

His nomination for best actor in a motion picture drama is one of seven nominations for 'The King's Speech'.

The star, who plays stuttering monarch King George VI, is odds-on favourite to win the award this weekend.

Bookmakers Betfair were offering odds of 2-13 on the 50-year-old picking up the prestigious gong.

Betfair's Alex Bake said: "Critics and cinema-goers alike have heaped praise on Colin Firth's portrayal of King George VI in 'The King's Speech'. The movie has had a strong showing at the box office on both sides of the Atlantic and our punters expect Firth to enjoy a decent awards season starting with a win at the Golden Globes on Sunday."

The Globes, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), are often seen as a guide to later Oscar success and many pundits have tipped Firth for an Oscar win later this year.

His co-star Helena Bonham Carter, whose performance as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother sees her nominated as best supporting actress, said she expects Firth to win an Oscar.

She said: "I've had a Golden Globe nomination before and then didn't get an Oscar nomination. But I presume Colin will get one, and I presume Colin will win."

Firth received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this week.

The British film, which tells the story of the unlikely relationship between the monarch and an Australian speech therapist who helps him cope with his stammer, was also nominated for best motion picture drama, best supporting actor, best director, best screenplay and best original score.

Its seven nominations put it ahead of its nearest rival, The Fighter, with six nominations.

'The King's Speech' has been heavily backed for Oscars success and earlier this year won the Cadillac People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The last two winners of the award - Precious and Slumdog Millionaire - both went on to pick up Oscars.

Other British nominations include Hugh Laurie for his role as grumpy doctor Gregory House in the television drama House and Idris Elba for his role in the BBC detective drama Luther.

Former 'Lovejoy' star Ian McShane also picked up a nomination for his part in the mini-series 'Pillars Of The Earth'.

Ricky Gervais is hosting tonight's ceremony.

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