Know Your Oscar Films: The King’s Speech

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The Basics:

Prince Albert (Collin Firth) has a problem.  Ever since he was a young boy, Albert (or, as his family calls him, Bernie) has had a stutter.  Unfortunetly, Bernie’s profession causes him to have to speak a lot.  Because of his condition, Bernie loses the confidence to be a leader.  Hoping to help her husband, Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) finds him a speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) and, as the two try to conquer his stutter, Bernie has to gain the confidence to become the King during a time of war.

Cast: Collin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and Michael Gambon

Written by: David Seider

Directed by: Tom Hooper

The King

What is it nominated for?

Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Original Screenplay (David Seider), Best Lead Actor (Collin Firth), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), Best Score (Alexandre Desplat), Best Sound Mixing, Best Editing (Tariq Anwar), Best Cinematography (Danny Cohen), Best Costumes (Jenny Beavan), Best Art Direction


A total of 12 nominations (number one most nominated film).

Does it deserve the nomination?

It totally gets the Shakespeare in Love vote. Which isn’t neccessarily a bad thing; this is a damn good film, with fantastic performamces and a great script.  Is it the best film of 2010?  No. But Top 10? material  Defenitly. The Social Network deserves the award, but this is a worth second place.

Speeching

Trivia:

-Michael Gambon potrayed King Edward the VII in The Lost Prince.

-In a desperate move for a solid cast, the crew took the highly unorthodox method of having someone who lived near Geoffrey Rush put the script in his mailbox.  None the less, he agreed to do the film.

-Screenwriter David Heider was a stammer when he was a child.

-Heider heard of the King’s story and wrote the Queen Mother, asking if he could write a movie about it.  The Queen asked him not to do it well she was alive because it brought back to many memories.  Heider respected her wish.

-The Kings of England are played by an Irishman, an Australian, and finally an Englisman.  Eh, they all sound the same to me.