King’s Speech predicted to win at the Oscars

"The King's Speech" won seven BAFTA awards on Sunday- a strong indicator of potential Oscars glory.

The movie took awards for best British film, original screenplay, original music, actor (Colin Firth), supporting actor (Geoffrey Rush) and supporting actress (Helena Bonham Carter).

The Tom Hooper-directed film continues to dominate with a total of 12 Oscar nominations, including ones for best picture, best actor, best supporting actor, best supporting actress and best director.

Perfectly timed with the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, "The King's Speech" tells the story of King George VI (Firth), who was forced to rule after his elder brother abdicated the throne, and his struggle to overcome a stammer with the help of an unconventional speech therapist (Rush).

British-American screenwriter David Seidler himself has battled a childhood stammer. He said, "for a stutter... to be heard is a wonderful thing."

Although Seidler is shocked that this small film about "two men in a room" is popular around the world, he says, "I don't think it's the fascination with royalty. I don't think it's the ostrich plumes and the gold braid. I think it's the fact that it's a story about changing your destiny."

Last year, Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" won six BAFTAs, including best picture - then repeated the feat at the Oscars. Twelve of the 18 major BAFTA winners repeated with victories in their corresponding categories at the Oscars.

Most of the winners are selected by the votes of 6,000 academy members.


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