Award season series: The King’s Speech

Jan 12, 2011

A beautifully told story and highly acclaimed film about a man who would become king, but who had anything but a privileged, unchallenged life. Afflicted with a terrible stammer, at a time when radio (and therefore one's voice) was a critical medium for those in power, and the scars of an emotionally detached and abusive childhood, King George VI (Colin Firth) overcame his condition with the help of a most unlikely man. Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), the king's vocal coach, never succumbed to the vast differences in their status and upbringing and was able to treat the Duke of York (who later became king) as his equal. Logue's ability to act as a friend and confidant enabled the king to step out of the shadows that haunted him and discover the strength of his own voice. <i>The King's Speech</i> is nominated for seven Golden Globe awards including best picture, best actor and best supporting actor. Patt talks to the director of the film about the importance of history, personal growth, and his disappointment with the R rating the film received in the U.S. He also tells us which lines from the film were uttered by King George – the real King's speech, if you will.

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