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Actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Geoffrey Rush, Timothy Spall,
Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: David Seidler
How to fish for an Oscar.
BY MAURICE SCARBOROUGH
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Films most beloved bald guy is ready to find a new home... The 2011 Academy Award nominations are in and Hollywood is already buzzing about who will take home film’s most coveted award.
Among this year’s front-runners, “The King’s Speech” - taking in a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture. Fans of “The Social Network” will “like” the Facebook biopic’s 8 nominations - also including a best picture nod. Both films came out of the gates ahead of the pack at previous award shows leaving some to wonder if this will be a two horse race? (ABC)
“In the leading, the shows that lead up to the Oscars, do we get when we’re filling out our cards for lets say an informal pool. Does that give us a hint as to what the Oscars will do necessarily or no?”
“You have to think it does give you a hint, but remember a lot of those are critics. We don’t really know what the Academy thinks yet, and that’s what makes this moment so surprising.”
As the Huffington Post points out - among this year’s usual suspects, were some surprise nominations.
“The biggest surprise of the ... nominations was the love shown to two films... True Grit and Winter's Bone...Winter's Bone, a … film that earned ravishing critical response but barely caused a ripple outside of the arthouse circuit is the bigger surprise... True Grit is less of a surprise... [I]t's a damn good movie.”
Another surprise - Christopher Nolan’s Best Director snub. Despite a Best Picture nomination, a writer for New York Magazine seems to think the Academy has no love for one of Hollywood’s top-dogs.
“Maybe the Academy isn't as enamored of Christopher Nolan as we thought? Sure, Inception scored a Best Picture nomination, yet Nolan couldn't score a Best Director nod... Sorry, Chris: Your Oscar hopes were just a dream.”
Movies tend to be about people who live under extraordinary circumstances, but as an analyst on CNN points out - some of this year’s nominees are leaving out the extras.
“You’ll notice that a lot of actresses and supporting actresses, the big roles this year, have been mothers - In ‘The Kids are Alright’, I think Melissa Leo in ‘The Fighter’, we seem to be thinking about motherhood a lot at the moment in our movies, and the nominees are that. On the male side, a lot of the nominees are playing real characters.”
Another observation from the nomination post show... this year’s awards aren’t just for the film snobs. (Livestream)
“David seems like it’s gonna be a very, I hate to dumb it down, but a very fun Oscars because you have young actors, you have a lot of movies that the public has really seen and embraced this year, a lot of high grossing films that are going to be celebrated. That’s right, and I think that even the movies that weren’t the big summer blockbusters people are really connecting to. A lot of people have seen Black Swan and The Kings Speech, so I think a lot of people are going to be finding that they have movies to root for at this year’s Oscars.”
So what do you think about the 2011 Academy Award Nominations? More snubs or more surprises?
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The King's Speech is a genial intelligent film. One of the best pictures this year.
It's the relationship between the two men who makes the film work: Geoffrey Rush's teacher, and Colin Firth so persuasive as the panic-stricken king, who by the time he gets to his momentous speech about going to war, you'll be panicking right along with him.
Colin Firth as the king and his enterprising wife (a remarkably entertaining Helena Bonham Carter) who finds unorthodox Geoffrey Rush as his therapist offers a trio of stupendous performances, in roles that explode the screen despite the constraints of a slightly sober screenplay by David Seidler and a not so impressive music score by Alexander Desplat . One must be ignorant in the choosing of the background music with Beethoven's Seventh Symphony during George VI's patriotic speech intending to motivate and comfort his citizens for the imminent war on Germany. In my book, the speech should not have been accompanied by one of Hitler's preferred songwriter. On the other hand the cinematography by Danny Cohen was a delight.
Academy Award Winner Geoffrey Rush stars as Logue, the man who teaches the King to find a voice with which to lead the country into war. In the film, Colin Firth portrays the legendary ruler with Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Louge, George's personal speech therapist who becomes the core of a surprising friendship. This colorful historical drama stars Colin Firth as Bertie, the eventual King George VI, and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue, his speech therapist consultant, an Australian living in London.
The finest part of the movie is the concrete bond created between characters and audience and the beating in your chest when Bertie takes the mike or Lionel trespasses his limits on a morning walk as every part of the movie works balanced in a beautifully controlled piece of cinematography.
Release Date: 10 December 2010
Genre: Drama | History
Cast: Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, Tim Downie
Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: David Seidler
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.
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Rising young star Vince Kidd hits them high notes in this refreshing live performance of "You and Me" in the same location where "The Kings Speech" was shot. Watch out for this kid, he's going to be big.