Slow News Day: The King’s Speech

 

The 83rd Academy Awards are airing tonight on ABC, and  The King’s Speech  has the most nominations of the evening. That is 12 nominations including the major ones, such as Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress  and Best Director.

The film directed by  Tom Hooper, is  about King George VI* and his relationship with his speech therapist, who helped him, when he abruptly  ascended to the throne. The film stars Colin Firth as the King , Geoffrey Rush as the Speech Therapist, and  one of my favorite actress Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen Mother. 

"A scene from the movie"

Queen Elizabeth was apparently very moved by this film as  she had a very strong bond with her father the late King, 

Here is the King when he was Prince Albert the Duke of York on his wedding day to Elizabeth Bowes Lyon in 1923.

* King George VI was actually the second in line for the throne, his brother Prince Edward chose to abdicate so that he could marry an American divorcee.
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