The King's Speech was pretty good and Colin Firth was pretty good but that's about it. There are hundreds of actors that could have pulled that off. The role was the perfect archetype for a best actor Oscar: Revealing biopic of mysterious historical figure? Check. Tortured public figure as protagonist, isolated by public-induced disability? Check. Ironic savior figure defying social class limitations? Check. The triumph of the will? Check. Epic historical context? Check. Beethoven score? Check. The movie was the most foolproof Oscar bait since Rain Man, where the rich guy in sunglasses learned his heart was bankrupt.