Geoffrey Rush glad at Oscar loss as it 'shares the wealth'

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Set in northern Australia prior to World War II, Nicole Kidman is an English aristocrat who inherits a large ranch. After learning that English cattle barons are plotting to take her land, she decides make the harsh trek to the Land Down Under. During her travels she's accompanied by an independent cattle driver known as "Drover" (Hugh Jackman) whom her husband hired to transport her.
February 28th, 2011

Geoffrey Rush was pleased he lost the Best Supporting Actor Oscar to Christian Bale.

The Australian star - who was nominated in the category for the role of speech therapist Lionel Logue in 'The King's Speech' - was beaten by Christian for his role in 'The Fighter', but believes it was right for him to win because it "shared" the success between their respective pictures.

He said: "It all seemed to fall into the trajectory of what people thought would happen, which is good. Sharing the wealth."

The 59-year-old actor was also supportive of the opening skit - which featured hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco in a series of parodies of popular 2010 movies - saying it was a "brilliant" idea.

He told USA Today: "That's where you get the essence of the movies, those memorable images. I think it was brilliant as a comic idea."

'The King's Speech' picked up a total of four awards including Best Actor for Colin Firth and Best Director for Tom Hooper.

Geoffrey's co-star and nominee in the Best Supporting Actress category Helena Bonham Carter also failed to pick up her award.