The King’s Speech wins at the Oscars! Nominated for 12 Oscars, The King’s Speech captured three major victories and a fourth honor:
Best Director: Tom Hooper, who revealed that his mother was the one who had enlightened him as to the next film he needed to direct. Quoth he on the awards show: “the moral is, listen to your mother.”
Actor in a Leading Role: Colin Firth; he was nominated last year for “A Single Man.”
Best Motion Picture: The King’s Speech bested Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story Three, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone
Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler
Widely acclaimed as a candidate for best everything 2010, save perhaps special effects,The King’s Speech won four Oscars this evening, February 27, 2011.
Colin Firth plays The Prince Albert, Duke of York; his wife is played by Helena Bonham Carter. Geoffrey Rush carries the role of his somewhat eccentric, innovative and self-taught speech therapist Lionel Logue.
All are utterly convincing in their various roles in this delightful, instantly absorbing period piece from the 1920′s and 1930′s. The Prince is to be thrust into the ultimate limelight, obliged to lead the nation speaking the King’s English, albeit with a stammering tongue. The crushing weight of expectancy lies on his shoulders, and he is surely doomed to fail in his public addresses and thus in his role as leader of the people, for the king must lead by his demeanor, life, and speech, failing in none of them.
Largely set in the Great Depression, The King’s Speech is compelling in every aspect. A couple of brief glimpses into the personal life of Lionel Logue lead us to admire him for his idiosyncratic but charming approach to being a family man. His uncompromising stance on where he teaches his students, and his unique self-taught methods provide a frequent source of conflict throughout the film with the prince who would be king.
Apparently the airbrushing of the King’s anti-semitic bias did not outweigh the artistic triumph for the Academy’s voters.
The connection between this film and wedding music is tenuous at best – but since I loved the film so much as a work of art, I’m departing from the usual fare here at the Wedding Music Project to exult in the victories of this magnificent, breathtaking film.