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King's Speech Director Says Film was His Mom's Idea

By Madeline Holler |

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The movie that, thanks to Mom, got made.

While best actress Oscar-winner Natalie Portman thanked her parents for “giving her life,” this year’s best director, Tom Hooper, thanked his mother for pointing him to a the story that would become the “King’s Speech” (which, incidentally, also won best picture).

In his acceptance speech, Hooper explains that his mother had been invited to a play-reading, something she had never before attended and something she wasn’t all that jazzed about going to.

But she went.

The next day, the director explained, she told him: “Tom, I think I’ve found your next film.”

Hooper beat out 11 other director nominees, as did the movie itself.

Hooper thanked Colin Firth and others in his acceptance speech, but he left the worldwide audience with this piece of advice that, thankyouverymuch, I happen to agree with: listen to your mother.


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About Madeline Holler


Madeline Holler

Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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