Tag Archive: Oscars


Can’t Speak…

Highly enough, about this one.

“The King’s Speech.”

Written by David Seidler, a screenwriter who (unlike so many A-List scribes) is not only old enough to shave, but old enough to have sons (and daughters?) of A-List-screenwriter age, who shave, as well.

The film documents the ascension to the British throne of lifelong stammerer, King George VI (father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II) – in the light of his ongoing treatment by speech therapist, Lionel Logue.

Excellent performances, from a stellar cast.
And easy to understand why Colin Firth walked off with so many major awards, this year.

Check out the trailer:

And, yes.
I do realize there’s a Royal wedding coming up, this Friday.

And, possibly.
That fact did influence me to blog about this film, at this time.

God Save the… whatever.

Peace.

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I Liked It So Much…

I saw the movie. Having read the screenplay, first.

As part of my (ongoing, life-long) course in Movies 101, I’ve been reading as many of this year’s Oscar-nominated Best Picture scripts as I can.
And seeing as many of the movies, as possible.

I’ll be laying several of my verdicts on you, in the coming weeks.

First up: Joel and Ethan Coen’s “True Grit.”

A simple enough tale: Young girl hires grizzled lawman to exact retribution for the murder of her father by a small-time outlaw, in the Old West.

It’s told with the Coen Brothers’ trademark quirky characterizations. And a fair bit of pathos.

Fine performances, all round, with newcomer Hailee Steinfeld (Best Supporting Actress nominee) holding her own among veteran Oscar nominees / winners Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin.

Check out the trailer, below:

In typical Academy Award fashion, the movie got 10 nominations, and not a single award. Oh, well.

Interesting (or not?) Trivia: The hymn featured in the film’s opening and closing narrations is a variant on the same song, used in the same context, in the movie “Wild Bill” (as in, Hickock) – which also starred Jeff Bridges, as a legendary lawman of the Old West.

Have a pleasant weekend.

Peace.

And, The Award Goes To…

One of these.

With Academy Awards night fast approaching, I thought I’d share this with you:

[Best Picture nominees, from “Variety”]

It’s from the pages of Variety; an analysis of this year’s contenders for Best Motion Picture.

A difficult choice.
Yeah, I know “The King’s Speech” has been walking off with every gong, everywhere else. But, the Oscars are nothing, if not unpredictable. So, who knows?

Me, I’m having fun reading (and taking avid notes on) every one of the Best Picture-nominated screenplays I can find.

I’m currently on Joel and Ethan Coen’s “True Grit.”
“Inception” is up, next.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Peace.