Royal Biopic Wins Film’s Highest Honour
A film about the stutter of Britain’s King George VI has taken out Hollywood’s most coveted award – the Best Picture Academy Award.
The King’s Speech, directed by Brit Tom Hooper, was the odds-on favourite to take home the award, and left the Kodak Theatre the major winner of the night; also winning Best Director for Tom Hooper, Best Actor for Colin Firth (in his role as King George VI) and Best Original Screenplay for David Seidler, who first had the idea for a film about the King’s stammer in the 1970s. The film had been on Seidler’s back-burner from 1981, when Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother requested such a film about her husband not be made in her lifetime, until 2005, when throat cancer inspired Seidler to resume work on the project.
Beginning in 1925, The King’s Speech opens with the-then Duke of York making the opening speech at the British Empire Exhibition. His stammer is clearly evident as he tries valiantly to proceed with his speech, and the crowd falls into an uncomfortable silence. The film the centres around Prince Albert’s relationship with his odd speech therapist, Lionel Logue, and how Logue was integral in the-later King George’s success in addressing the public – which is first witnessed in the film when the King announces to the British public that Britain has declared war on Germany in September 1939. The two men retained a life-long friendship, which resulted in Logue being made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1944.
With a stellar veteran cast, the film has grossed nearly $US245 million worldwide since it’s release late last year, and won countless awards, including it’s sweep of the 64th British Film Awards. The film start Colin Firth as King George VI, Geoffery Rush as unconventional therapist Lionel Logue, Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth, Guy Pearce as King Edward VIII, Michael Gambon as King George V and Claire Bloom as Queen Mary.
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