The Toronto International Film Festival is more than just a festival – it’s one of the cinematic world’s best barometers for the big films that will capture the eye of those all-important award shows come winter. So when Tom Hopper’s THE KING’S SPEECH won the People’s Choice Award at this year’s TIFF, it was instantly vaulted into potential (read: definite) Oscar nom territory.
Colin Firth stars in the film as King George VI, who has some very royal worries that don’t just include his sudden appointment to the throne, but a speech impediment that makes a king’s most important weapon – his words – a hard one to wield. Firth had a real breakthrough last year with his critically lauded performance in A SINGLE MAN (which garnered him his first Oscar nomination), so he seems more than due to start racking up big, award bait performances like this one. The film also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, and Michael Gambon. Nice pedigree. After the break, check out the trailer for THE KING'S SPEECH.
THE KING'S SPEECH opens on November 24.