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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The King's Speech Review: 12 Oscar Nominations

king George VIand the King Speech ReviewDetermination is what it takes! Watching the film "The King's Speech" gives a mix of feelings to me as the viewer. Not only that it gives historical information, it gives us, normal individuals an idea how the life of the Royal Family is.

The film has been nominated for 12 titles for Oscar Academy Awards and has garnered numerous awards from so many awarding bodies. The list of this countless nominations and awards can be viewed below. It is expected to be more successful than the Slumdog Millionnaire.

IMDb score or film rating for The King's Speech is 8,5/10 which is very good. Slumdog Millionnaire on the other hand had a score of 8.3 out of ten while it had 10 Oscar nominations and won 8 of it!

The film is a good reminder that humans are equal: nothing's perfect but sometimes, happiness can spring out of these imperfections. It is demonstrated in the King's Speech by Lionel (the therapist) who has nothing much as a common man but his family and courage and the zeal to help Bertie (King George VI). On the other hand, David (King Edward VIII) , Bertie's older brother was the king by succession but only by leaving or ascending away from the throne he could be with his beloved lady, Wallis Simpson.

The King's Speech teaches the viewers that courage and determination are very strong weapons that no one can steal because it is within the heart.

Family is also valued in the film greatly. How the wife, Queen ELizabeth I, of King George VI and the two daughters, the current day Elizabeth II and Margaret gave him so much moral support and strength during those times when he needed it at the beginning of his reign or when he really needed them.

The only difference is, despite Colin Firth's outstanding performance as the King, the physical attributes is too far away from that of the real King George VI (image posted above). Overall, the film is a lovely story and acted by the characters in a very good way. Robert Rush's interpretation is also awesome!

The King's Speech Teaser Trailer from Youtube




The film opens as The Prince Albert, Duke of York, son of King George V, prepares to speak at the closing of the 1925 Empire Exhibition at Wembley Stadium, with his wife Elizabeth by his side. His stammering speech visibly unsettles the thousands of listeners in the audience. Albert seeks to overcome his speech impediment, seeing one therapist who suggests smoking as a throat relaxant and reading with seven sterilized marbles in his mouth, claiming the practice cured Demosthenes of his stammer. After nearly choking, he vows to cease any further attempts at rehabilitation.

Behind his back, the Duchess of York meets with Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist now living in London, and persuades her husband to attempt Logue's radical treatments. In their first session, Logue insists on calling the Duke "Bertie" (a pet name used by Albert's family). He insists that Albert not smoke in his presence and wagers Albert one shilling that he can make him read without a stammer. He convinces Albert to read Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy, while listening to the overture from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro on headphones. Logue records Albert's reading, but convinced that he has stammered throughout, Albert leaves in a huff. Logue offers him the recording as a keepsake.



CeremonyRecipientCategoryResult
83rd Academy Awards[1]Best PicturePending
Tariq AnwarBest Film EditingPending
Eve Stewart
Judy Farr
Best Art DirectionPending
Jenny BeavanBest Costume DesignPending
Paul Hamblin
Martin Jensen
John Midgley
Best Sound MixingPending
Colin FirthBest ActorPending
Tom HooperBest DirectorPending
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorPending
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressPending
David SeidlerBest Original ScreenplayPending
Alexandre DesplatBest Original ScorePending
Danny CohenBest CinematographyPending
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards[2]Best FilmNominated
Best Original ScreenplayNominated
Best Ensemble CastNominated
Tom HooperBest DirectorNominated
Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
American Cinema Editors[3]Tariq AnwarBest Edited Feature Film - DramaticPending
American Film Institute Awards[4]Helena Bonham CarterA Year of Excellence AwardWon
American Society of Cinematographers Awards 2010[5]Danny CohenOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical ReleasesPending
Art Directors Guild Awards[6]Eve StewartExcellence in Production Design for a Period FilmPending
Austin Film Critics Association[7]Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Aspen FilmfestTom HooperAudience Favorite FeatureWon
64th British Academy Film AwardsBest FilmPending
Outstanding British FilmPending
Best EditingPending
Best Production DesignPending
Best Costume DesignPending
Best SoundPending
Best Makeup and HairPending
Colin FirthBest Actor in a Leading RolePending
Tom HooperBest DirectionPending
Geoffrey RushBest Actor in a Supporting RolePending
Helena Bonham CarterBest Actress in a Supporting RolePending
David SeidlerBest Original ScreenplayPending
Alexandre DesplatBest Film MusicPending
Danny CohenBest CinematographyPending
British Independent Film Awards 2010Best British Independent FilmWon
Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Tom HooperBest DirectorNominated
David SeidlerBest ScreenplayWon
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorWon
Guy PearceNominated
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressWon
The Richard Harris AwardWon
Eve StewartBest Technical Achievement – Production DesignNominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2010[8]Best PictureNominated
Best Acting EnsembleNominated
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressNominated
Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
Tom HooperBest DirectorNominated
David SeidlerBest Original ScreenplayWon
Danny CohenBest CinematographyNominated
Netty ChapmanBest Art DirectionNominated
Jenny BeavanBest Costume DesignNominated
Alexandre DesplatBest ScoreNominated
Central Ohio Film Critics Association AwardsBest FilmNominated
Tom HooperBest DirectorNominated
David SeidlerBest Original ScreenplayNominated
Colin FirthBest ActorNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorWon
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards[9]Best FilmNominated
Best Original ScreenplayNominated
Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
Tom HooperBest DirectorNominated
Costume Designers Guild Awards 2010Excellence in Period FilmPending
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards[10]Best FilmNominated
Tom HooperBest DirectorNominated
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressNominated
Colin FirthBest ActorNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
Denver Film Critics Society[11]Best FilmNominated
Best Original ScreenplayNominated
Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Awards[12]Best FilmNominated
Best EnsembleNominated
Tom HooperBest DirectorNominated
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressNominated
Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
Directors Guild of America Awards 2010[13]Tom HooperOutstanding Directing – Feature FilmPending
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards[14]Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Evening Standard British Film AwardsBest FilmPending
Colin FirthBest ActorPending
Jenny BeavanTechnical Achievement AwardPending
68th Golden Globe Awards[15]Best Motion Picture – DramaNominated
Colin FirthBest Actor - Motion Picture DramaWon
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting Actress - Motion Picture DramaNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting Actor - Motion Picture DramaNominated
Tom HooperBest DirectorNominated
David SeidlerBest ScreenplayNominated
Alexandre DesplatBest Original ScoreNominated
Hamptons International Film FestivalTom HooperAudience Award (Narrative)Won
Hollywood Film FestivalHelena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressWon
Houston Film Critics Society Awards[16]Best PictureNominated
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressNominated
Colin FirthBest ActorNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
Independent Spirit Awards 2010[17]Best Foreign FilmPending
International Cinephile Society Award[18]Colin FirthBest ActorPending
Iowa Film Critics Awards[19]Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressNominated
Kansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsColin FirthBest ActorWon
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award[20]Best PictureNominated
Best Costume DesignNominated
Best Art DirectionNominated
Tom HooperBest DirectorNominated
Colin FirthBest ActorNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
London Film Critics' Circle Awards[21]Film of the YearPending
British Film of the YearPending
Colin FirthActor of the YearPending
British Actor of the YearPending
Helena Bonham CarterBritish Actress of the YearPending
Tom HooperBritish Director of the YearPending
David SeidlerScreenwriter of the YearPending
Los Angeles Film Critics Association[22]Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Motion Picture Sound EditorsBest Sound Editing: Feature Film DX & ADRPending
National Society of Film Critics AwardsGeoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorWon
Colin FirthBest ActorNominated
Best ScreenplayNominated
New York Film Critics Circle Awards[23]Colin FirthBest ActorWon
North Texas Film Critics Association[24]Best PictureNominated
Best CinematographyNominated
Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
Online Film Critics Society Award[25]Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
David SeidlerBest Original ScreenplayNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards[26]Best FilmWon
Best Acting EnsembleNominated
Best Production DesignNominated
Best Costume DesignNominated
Tom HooperBest DirectorNominated
Colin FirthBest Actor in a Leading RoleWon
Geoffrey RushBest Actor in a Supporting RoleNominated
Helena Bonham CarterBest Actress in a Supporting RoleNominated
Producers Guild of America Awards 2010[27]Iain Canning
Emile Sherman
Gareth Unwin
Best Theatrical Motion PictureWon
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards[28]Colin FirthBest ActorNominated
Best FilmNominated
David SeidlerBest Original ScreenplayNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards[29]Best Original ScreenplayWon
Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Santa Barbara International Film Festival[30]Best Ensemble AwardWon
Satellite Awards 2010[31]Best Film - DramaNominated
Best Costume DesignNominated
David SeidlerBest Original ScreenplayWon
Tom HooperBest DirectorNominated
Colin FirthBest Actor – Motion Picture DramaWon
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting Actor – Motion PictureNominated
17th Screen Actors Guild Awards[32]Colin FirthOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RolePending
Helena Bonham CarterOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RolePending
Geoffrey RushOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RolePending
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PicturePending
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards[33]Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorWon
David SeidlerBest Original ScreenplayWon
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards[34]Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressNominated
Tom HooperBest DirectorNominated
Best FilmNominated
Best Original ScreenplayWon
Best Artistic/Creative FilmNominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards[35]Colin FirthBest ActorNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
David SeidlerBest ScreenplayNominated
Toronto International Film Festival 2010Tom HooperPeople's Choice AwardWon
Utah Film Critics Association Awards[36]Colin FirthBest ActorNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle[37]Colin FirthBest ActorWon
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association[38]Helena Bonham CarterBest Supporting ActressNominated
Geoffrey RushBest Supporting ActorNominated
Colin FirthBest ActorWon
David SeidlerBest Original ScreenplayNominated
Women Film Critics Circle AwardsColin FirthBest ActorWon
Best Male Images in a MovieWon
Source: Wikipedia
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