The nominations for the 2011 Golden Globes have been announced and, to the surprise of few, The King's Speech is leading the pack with seven nominations. Based on the true story of how Prince Albert (Colin Firth) was helped by an Australian speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) to overcome a lifelong stammering problem that could endanger the future of England and the monarchy as Hitler advanced across Europe. With terrific performances led by Firth, Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter as Albert's wife, Elizabeth, The King's Speech is irresistible awards bait, especially with a foreign press that often gravitates towards movies with a more European sensibility.
Director Tom Hooper, who also received a nomination, would seem to be a perfect fit to tell this story. Not only does he have a track record of successfully bringing history to life with the Damn United and the award-winning HBO miniseries on John Adams, Hooper is the son of an Australian mother and a British father, giving him a unique insight into the two men whose friendship is at the core of the King's Speech.
A few weeks ago, I met up with Hooper at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles to talk about the King's Speech, politics in the age of mass media, whether there's a difference between stuttering and stammering, and a lot more. Check out my ReThink Interview with Tom Hooper below.
You can find my review of the King's Speech on What the Flick?! with Christy Lemire (Associated Press) and Matt Achity (Rotten Tomatoes) below.
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