The King definitely spoke at the Oscars

Posted on February 28, 2011


By: Saravanan Sugumaran


Winning the Oscar (courtesy of NY Times)

There was no stuttering as ‘The Kings Speech’ bagged 4 Academy Awards proving that words might actually be louder than actions.

Flying the flag for English based movies, ‘The King’s Speech’ won awards for Best Picture, Lead Actor, Director and Original Screenplay at the 83rd Academy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, California.

“The moral of the story is: listen to your mother” said Director Tom Hooper during his acceptance speech recounting how his mother was the one who discovered it and urged him to take it on.

The movie, which ousted rivals, like ‘The Social Network’, ‘Inception’ & ‘Black Swan’ depicts the drama between King George VI (played by Colin Firth) and his vocal coach (played by Geoffrey Rush).

King George VI (played by Colin Firth) courtesy of The Guardian

“I have a feeling my career’s just peaked,” said Colin Firth who picked up the Oscar for leading actor for his outstanding performance as King George VI. Firth who was visibly shocked and elated when his name was announced calmed himself during his acceptance speech and could even afford to squeeze in a joke.

“I think I am experiencing stirrings somewhere in the upper abdominal region, which are threatening to transform themselves into dance moves” said Firth while eagerly clutching on to his first best actor prize.

Victory for the King’s Speech also meant Oscars for the team of hardworking producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin. Special recognition was also reserved for Harvey Weinstein whose diligent campaigning efforts to distribute the film in the United States was labeled as a master stroke.

Other winners of the night included a pregnant Natalie Portman who won the Oscar for her role in the ‘Black Swan’; Christian Bale for his supporting role in ‘The Fighter’ and Melissa Leo who won Best Supporting Actress also for her role in ‘The Fighter’.

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