Oscar nominations are out today and The King’s Speech received the biggest share of nods from the Academy—12 nominations for the story of King George VI. The film’s star, Colin Firth is happy about his nomination for Best Actor.
In a statement to the media, Firth said he is “celebrating with my colleagues three feet above the ground. Not used to this much joy, or this much champagne at this hour.”
In an original screenplay by David Seidler, The King’s Speech tells the real life story of how King George VI overcame a lifelong stuttering affliction with the help of the unconventional speech therapist-turned friend, Lionel Logue. The film has shattered box office records in the UK and the film has won the hearts of Americans, if the Oscar nominations are any indication. The cast of the film reacted to the good news today:
“I am absolutely overwhelmed by the twelve Oscar nominations for ‘The King’s Speech’. I am so grateful to the Academy. I am incredibly proud of my extraordinary cast and crew. This is a day I will remember for the rest of my life.”
— Tom Hooper (Director)
“As an Australian, I’m as excited to be recognized and honored by the Academy as my character must have been when his London speech therapy business flourished when the future King Of England happened to pop by one day. This story has struck such a rich resonant chord with audiences of all ages, which is very exciting — to have your work honored by your industry peers is even better.”
— Geoffrey Rush (Best Supporting Actor)