Blogger: Greg Spencer
The furore surrounding The King's Speech is quite astounding. After being nominated for a plethora of awards including Best Motion Picture - Drama at the Golden Globes, and Colin Firth picking up Best Actor in the same night, The King's Speech is the film of 2011. After performing well at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Toronto Film Festival, the film is expected to clean up at the Oscars and the BAFTAs.
The impact of a film being nominated for the main Oscar awards is huge. U.S. online ticket seller Fandango reported a 76% increase in ticket sales in the 24 hours after the Oscar nominations were revealed, a fact that illustrates just how much impetus just being nominated can have.
In the Oscars' Best Picture category, The King's Speech finds itself up against such films as 127 Hours, Black Swan, Inception, True Grit, Toy Story 3, The Social Network, The Kids are All Right, The Fighter and the surprise inclusion, Winter's Bone. I think the strongest competition will be from David Fincher's The Social Network and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, though the Coen brothers' True Grit may be a shock winner, having made $148m in the U.S. in six weekends.
It will take something special to knock The King's Speech of its Royal perch - people in this country are applauding at the end of screenings; something us reserved Brits aren't used to. We musn't underestimate that Americans are fascinated by our monarchy, as demonstrated by Helen Mirren winning Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in The Queen in 2006. Our monarchy is something that other cultures admire, and this is undoubtedly a big factor in the success of both films.
What do you think of The King's Speech? Is it really worthy of all the hype?