Heading into this year’s Toronto Film Festival, Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan“, Ben Affleck’s “The Town” and Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” were all receiving the greatest buzz. Amid all those high-profile movies, it was a British Drama that took home the festival’s top prize. The Tom Hooper-directed film won the coveted “People’s Choice Award” and has firmly increased its chances of receiving a Best Picture nomination at this year’s Oscars.
The past two winners for this award were “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Precious“. Both films earned Oscar nods, with Slumdog winning the top prize in its year. “The King’s Speech” follows a king’s attempt to overcome a stutter. It stars the talented Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush and Guy Pearce. Firth scored an acting nod last year for “A Single Man”, and looks likely to earn another one this year. Fun fact, the film TIFF release date fell on Colin’s 50th birthday and called the “best 50th birthday gift” by the actor.
Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (‘Bertie’) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war. – imdb.com description