Yes, Firth is magnificent as stuttering King George VI (and I'm rooting for Jesse Eisenberg's uncanny Mark Zuckerberg anyway), but his performance wouldn't be possible without Rush's superb and generous acting. I understand that nominating Rush as best supporting actor might insure him an award. But it also would reduce the stature of his accomplishment. Rush anchors the whole film with his rare capacity to express thought as well as emotion; he finds the full comic and dramatic range to his role as an eccentric speech therapist. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences never used to shy away from putting costars in the same category; Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton both got nominated for "Becket." I say, return to this honest approach -- not just for Rush and Firth in "The King's Speech," but also for Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in "The Kids Are All Right."