I invite you all to check out a collaborative blog project called “For Your Consideration: 10 Films, 1 Best Picture…“, where a team of avid cinemaphiles (of which I am a part of) discuss the ten films vying for Best Picture at the 2011 Academy Awards. A case is drawn for each candidate over why it should be rewarded the prestigious title.
My vote goes to The King’s Speech, the British historical drama about the struggles of King George VI starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham-Carter. I argue that “what sets The King’s Speech apart from your typical period piece and makes it a standout candidate in this year’s pool of remarkable Best Picture nominees is the inspired way in which the film combines history with humanity in an engrossing and relatable manner. It succeeds in its quest to humanize a royal figure and directly appeal to the viewer’s pathos, creating a deep connection between the audience and the trials of King George VI. He isn’t portrayed as simply a monarch; he’s a real person going through real issues.” You can read the rest here.
Articles on fellow Oscar nominees 127 Hours, The Social Network, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone are also available for your reading pleasure.