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"The King's Speech" Wins Best Picture At Oscars

Candice Aman |
February 27, 2011 | 4:56 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

In an Oscars' award ceremony designed to attract a younger audience, a movie about a war long before the Internet ever went online stole the show.

Directed by Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech” tells the true story of King George VI, brilliantly portrayed by Firth, who learns to overcome his stammer with the help of Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist, played by Geoffrey Rush. Its closest competitor had been "The Social Network," a film examining the birth of the website Facebook.

Since its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in September, “The King’s Speech,” has been receiving praise from critics and audiences alike, even gaining the royal stamp of approval from the Queen of England.

With 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Firth’s performance, “The King’s Speech,” was the front-runner at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Previously, the film garnered 14 British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations, sweeping a total of seven awards that night. Amongst the plethora of other accolades, “The King’s Speech,” also gained seven nominations at the Golden Globes, and four nominations at the Screen Actor Guild Awards with Firth winning in the acting categories in both.

Additionally, the film also took home the award for Best Director at the Director’s Guild of America and the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival. 

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