Not only do I think “The King’s Speech” will win the Oscar for best picture, I actually think it deserves to win. It stands up to repeated viewings. I should know: I’ve seen it three times. Each time I get something more out of it -- a revelatory bit of business, an emotional grace note, an inflection from one of the many wonderful performers. (No film this past year has had better ensemble acting). “The King’s Speech” is old-fashioned in the best sense. It tells a complex story with deft simplicity.
Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”
If you think that directors should get awards for visual pyrotechnics, then Tom Hooper’s principled restraint in “The King’s Speech” will leave you cold. But if bringing out the best in a marvelous cast and screenplay is your thing, you can’t do much better than Hooper.
Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
I know this is getting redundant, folks. Colin Firth gives the best performance of his career, even better than in “Mamma Mia!” Just kidding. It would have been easy for Firth, as George VI, to trade on his glamour here, but he never once showboats for us. He stays entirely in character throughout – a heroic peformance about a most unlikely hero.
Jennifer Lawrence is probably the most gifted actress of her twenty-something generation. Despite her age, her performance in “Winter’s Bone” seems infused with an entire lifetime of feeling. Much of best acting in this film is wordless – that’s how expressive she is.