The King’s Speech

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(out of 5)


Having suffered from a noticeable stammer for most of his life, the Duke Of York, Prince Albert (Colin Firth) is naturally mortified whenever he is required to deliver speeches to the general public. After years of trying various doctors and specialists who fail to help him, his wife () stumbles upon unconventional Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue () who insists that he is the man for the job. The prince is hesitant at first, balking at Logue’s methods of delving into the royal subject’s personal life and psychological profile, but eventually Logue’s techniques start to take effect and a strange sense of confidence begins to slowly build. When his brother Edward () begins to show signs that his newly acquired position on the throne is not to his liking considering he wishes to marry the twice-divorced Wallis Simpson, “Bertie” begins to realize that he might become the head of the most powerful nation in the world and, if that is to happen, he will need to instill confidence in his people through the power of his voice. This nuanced, emotionally powerful and delicately performed masterpiece by Tom Hooper works on all levels: it has history, it has humour, it is about the power of friendship and also the negotiations between powerful personalities that must occur if anyone is ever to understand themselves and the people around them. As the eventual King George VI, Firth never ceases to amaze with the many grades of personal revelation he allows this character to have, trapped behind the duties of his royal office while at the same time not exactly a flimsy sap when released of them; this man longs to keep his upper lip stiff, he just needs someone to help him find the willpower. Rush, as Logue, gives the film its heart, playing the failed actor turned speech therapist with all the humour that the film needs. Bonham Carter lends superb support as Queen Elizabeth—just look at her face when she hears her husband’s voice reading Hamlet—bringing not only her mousy charm but her own aristocratic bearing upon a film that is top notch from beginning to end.


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United Kingdom/Australia2010

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Film Festivals:  TIFF 2010


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Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Firth as “King George VI”)
Best Directing (Tom Hooper)
Best Picture (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin, producers)
Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (David Seidler)

Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Geoffrey Rush as “Lionel Logue”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Helena Bonham Carter as “Queen Elizabeth”)
Best Art Direction (production design: Eve Stewart; set decoration: Judy Farr)
Best Cinematography (Danny Cohen)
Best Costume Design (Jenny Beaven)
Best Film Editing (Tariq Anwar)
Best Music (Original Score) (Alexandre Desplat)
Best Sound Mixing (Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen, John Midgley)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Colin Firth)

Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Helena Bonham Carter)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Geoffrey Rush)
Best Director (Tom Hooper)
Best Screenplay (David Seidler)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Alexandre Desplat)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Actor (Colin Firth)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Actor (Colin Firth)

Nominations
Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
Best Screenplay (David Seidler)
Best Production Design (Eve Stewart)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush)

Nominations
Best Actor (Colin Firth)
Best Screenplay (David Seidler)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Firth)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Nominations
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Helena Bonham Carter)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Geoffrey Rush)

Directors Guild Award
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Tom Hooper)

Independent Spirit Award
Best Foreign Film

British Academy Awards
Best Film
Best Leading Actor (Colin Firth)
Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter)
Best Screenplay (Original)
Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Nominations
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Sound
Best Editing
Best Make Up & Hair
Best Production Design
David Lean Award for Direction (Tom Hooper)

European Film Awards
Best European Actor (Colin Firth)
Best European Editor
Audience Award

Nominations
Best European Film
Best European Composer

Cesar Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

Toronto Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Actor (Colin Firth)
Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush)
Best Screenplay

Boston Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actor (Colin Firth)


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