"I like coming here. Thank you, BAFTA. Consistent with the fact that almost every turning point in my life has hinged on the banal and the arbitrary, such things as kitchen appliances and unsent emails, the day of my first meeting with Tom Hooper I had to postpone a routine but somewhat uncomfortable medical examination. I am happy to report that the meeting was rather less uncomfortable than the exam, but as time went on it became clear that Tom’s working methods were just as thorough and invasive as my doctors. But when you see the results you’re grateful, so I am thankful as I am to my doctor. I’d like to thank our masterly voice coach Neil Swain for indulging our dependence on him, and my very great friend Tom Ford who has everything to do with me standing here. Also, my majestic mum and dad and Livia who deals with everything from kings to dancing queens. Thank you very much."
— Colin Firth