Over the years, the Academy had doled out awards for some very short performances. It took Beatrice Straight exactly 5 minutes and 40 seconds to scoop up a Best Supporting Actress award in 1975 for her role in Network. In 1992, Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor for 16 minutes of electrifying work as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. Enter Colin Firth. Yesterday, he popped up in a mysterious trailer for a project called Steve, and it’s a 54-second acting masterclass.
We don’t know much about Steve, except that it’s a short film about a young couple (Keira Knightley and Tom Mison) who gets increasingly troubling visits from their downstairs neighbor, played by Firth. It’s directed by actor and Knightley beau Rupert Friend, and will be screened for the first time at the London Film Festival on October 21. In the meantime, check out Firth, who in less than a minute goes from pensive, to lonely, to curious, to annoyed, to sad, to self-pitying, to sinister, to psychotic. Firth is already Oscar front-runner for his turn in The King’s Speech, and this should totally push him over the edge.