the king’s speech speaks to me
The Academy Awards are tonight!
I hate to admit it, but I have not been in the movie-mode this year and have seen only 3 of the ten nominated films: Inception, The Kids Are All Right, and my favorite, The King’s Speech.
I enjoyed Inception to a certain degree, though I was surprised to see it among the nominees. On the other hand, The Kids Are Alright is a wonderful film – a slice of life that is beautifully rendered.
I enjoy watching the awards, but rarely stay up to wait for the best picture award because I don’t want to be a zombie at work on Monday. Tonight will be different – I’m staying up tonight! It will be a nail biter because I hope, hope, hope that The King’s Speech earns the award for best picture. I think it will.
Granted, I am a little prejudiced since I have not seen all the movies nominated, but the quality of The King’s Speech leaves it nonpareil in my eyes. Not only is the acting divine, the story is captivating and it is made all the more intriguing because it closely follows the history of George VI ‘s succession to the throne.
He was “Bertie” to his family. He was a shy but hot-tempered man with a speech impediment – he stammered. What he went through to overcome the stammer, which so embarrassed him, took sheer will and painstaking work. And the relationship that grows between Bertie and Lionel Logue, his speech therapist, is captured with tenderness, richness and great heart by the filmmakers. … I won’t tell you more if you haven’t yet seen it!
It seems this was a good year for film-makers because there are 10 films are nominated. They are:
The Kids Are All Right,
The King’s Speech,
The Social Network,
Toy Story 3,
True Grit, and
In the event you are interested in the history of the reign of George VI, these two videos are fantastic documentaries. Each one is 15 minutes long. I enjoyed watching them this morning! I hope you do, too.