King's Speech chronicles the relationship between
Britain's reluctant World War II-era monarch, King George VI (Colin
Firth), and his bold yet benevolent speech therapist, Lionel Logue
Helena Bonham Carter brings brilliance to the role of Queen
Elizabeth, and gives the film soft juxtaposition. As royalty, she
is all pomp, but also grounded enough to help her husband find his
Not only has the fact-based historical drama put stuttering - a
speech disorder that affects 65 million people worldwide, and 3
million people in the United States - and the benefits of therapy
squarely in the spotlight, but it has also managed to grab the
attention of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
The King's Speech has received 12 Oscar nominations,
including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best
Supporting Actress, and Best Director.
The cast took the Screen Actors Guild's top honor on Jan. 30,
winning the movie ensemble acting award. Director, Tom Hooper, took
the top Directors Guild of America award, and the movie also won
the the Producers Guild title.
I was thrilled to be able to capture cast reactions to the Oscar
Colin, 'The King's Speech' went from Oscar underdog to
SAG sweetie in a matter of two weeks. How do you feel?
Currently celebrating with my colleagues three feet above
the ground. Not used to this much joy, or this much champagne at
I can imagine! Geoffrey, your take on the
As an Australian, I'm as excited to be recognized and
honored by the Academy as my character must have been when his
London speech therapy business flourished when the
future King Of England happened to pop by one
This story has struck such a rich resonant chord with
audiences of all ages, which is very exciting. To have your work
honored by your industry peers is even better.
The film is truly amazing. Helena, how are you taking
Of course I am thrilled to receive an Oscar
nomination. As my three-year-old old daughter said,
I couldn't put it any better myself.
Tom, it must be an amazing feeling to reap the rewards
of hard cinematographic work!
I am absolutely overwhelmed by the Oscar
nominations. I am so grateful to the Academy. I am
incredibly proud of my extraordinary cast and crew. This is a day I
will remember for the rest of my life."
Alexandre, the musical score you composed was haunting
It is a great honor to have my work noticed again by the
Academy and I am very grateful. Writing the music for 'The King's
Speech' has been a delight and I thank our brilliant director, Tom
Hooper, for offering us and the audience such an inspiring and
beautiful film. I also wish to congratulate all the other talents
nominated for our movie.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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