Dame Judi Dench is hoping Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter reign victorious at the Oscars for The King’s Speech.
Speaking at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, she said: “I’m very, very pleased for Colin that he is up for an Oscar. Colin has a lot of special qualities and has had them for a long time – not least behaving very badly on set. He is a terrible laugher when things get serious. I hope it is his year though.
“It could be Helena’s year too. You just have to keep your fingers crossed. At an Oscars long, long ago Helena and I were dressed up to the nines with a lot of jewels, but at the end of the night we had absolutely nothing to show for it and we sat crying with laughter at the end, just saying, ‘look at us’.”