'A Thousand Acres': Colin Firth commends Michelle Williams on their 1997 film
Firth praised Williams' professionalism and grace on the set, and noted that she was his mentor at the time, though she was only 12 and he was 35. He was exaggerating a bit -- Williams was 15 when the film was made -- but it was one of her earliest projects.
In the film, a retelling of Shakespeare's "King Lear" based on Jane Smiley's 1991 novel, Williams played Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter, and Firth her love interest. Williams didn't win the Best Actress Oscar tonight, but thanks to Firth, we were all reminded of just how far she's come -- and she emerged a winner anyway.