Tomorrow: We continue a Friday series of interviews about films nominated for Oscars. We hear from James Franco, who is nominated from his role in 127 Hours and will be cohosting the ceremony. And we listen back to an interview with Tom Hooper, who directed The King’s Speech.
King George VI’s relationship with his therapist is at the heart of director Tom Hooper's historical drama, The King’s Speech. The film stars Colin Firth as King George VI and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel Logue, who developed his somewhat unorthodox way of treating speech impediments while treating shell-shocked soldiers in the years following World War I.
King George VI; Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Margaret; Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Tomorrow: Tom Hooper, the director of the new film The King’s Speech, about King George VI’s speech impediment and the unconventional approach his therapist took to correct his stammer.
Oscar shoo-ins are continually mentioned at the Toronto Film Festival. Who are the shoo-ins for Oscar nominations from the films this year?
Some names that people are talking about? Natalie Portman in Black Swan. Javier Bardem in Biutiful. And Colin Firth in The King’s Speech.
The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper (of the HBO series John Adams) is based on the real story of King George VI, the father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II, who became King after his brother abdicated the throne.
The King lived with a stutter that prevented him from giving public addresses, and this inability to speak made him a very reluctant ruler. Enter speech therapist Lionel Logue, who begins to get results with the would-be king and manages to befriend him, despite the difference in their standing. Sounds exactly like the kind of film that would do well at the Oscars, huh? Well the audiences are loving this film here.
And they are not wrong. Colin Firth really does give an excellent, nuanced performance. And Firth is certainly on a roll, since he was nominated last year for his work in A Single Man, which was purchased here in Toronto last year by the Weinstein Company. Geoffrey Rush may also get a nod, for his turn as the therapist.
Speaking in a Q & A after one of the screenings, Firth, Rush, and director Tom Hooper, attribute the on-screen chemistry between the two actors to the three week preparation period they had before filming began. Apparently, such prep time is rare.
That prep will probably pay off the beginning of 2011, when those Oscar nominations are announced.