It’s the second WTF post for The King’s Speech in the past week. It’s been a mostly great run for the movie, as it has swept the big guild awards: producers, directors and actors all gave it top prizes over the last seven days. But Harvey Weinstein is considering cutting the film to score a PG-13 and consequently broaden the audience. At issue is a series of curse words, including several ‘fuck’s, uttered by Colin Firth playing King George VI, as he attempts to overcome his stutter.

Director Tom Hooper doesn’t support cutting the film — no surprise — but he does say that it might be bleeped. What the *bleep*? Read More »

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The Directors Guild of America announced its award winners for achievement in 2010 last night, and the big winner was Tom Hooper, director of The King’s Speech. That, in conjunction with the film’s victory at the Producers Guild awards, puts the movie as the odds-on favorite to win the Best Picture Oscar, and makes Mr. Hooper a likely win for Best Director as well. Read More »

Hey, remember when Harvey Weinstein was all incensed last year about the R-rating given to The King’s Speech? It was at the same time as he was campaigning to appeal the NC-17 given to Blue Valentine, so you might have missed the much more minor controversy about Tom Hooper’s film. The rating for Blue Valentine was successfully appealed, but the R given to The King’s Speech was not. (The rating was given for a string of curses, including a many f-bombs, uttered by Colin Firth as King George VI as he tries to break through his stutter.) A lawyer for The Weinstein Company invoked the First Amendment when talking about the R rating, saying “it should strike fear in the heart of every director and producer.”

Now, with twelve Oscar nominations, Harvey Weinstein has basically said ‘fuck it’ with respect to the rating and integrity of the film. He wants to cut the movie to score a lower rating and, hopefully, bring kids into the audience. Read More »

83rd Annual Academy Award Nominations Announced

The nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been announced. As expected, big players include The Social Network and The King’s Speech, but there are very strong showings for The Kids Are All Right, The Fighter and True Grit. The Best Picture nominees are: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, and Winter’s Bone. If you’re going by the numbers, The King’s Speech is strong with 12, followed by a wonderful 10 for True Grit and then 8 for both The Social Network and Inception, with the latter scoring on technical nominations.

The full list of nominees is after the break. Read More »

For those keenly interested in the award season race, here’s the first big upset of the year: the winner of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA) Producer of the Year award for films released in 2010 — aka the organization’s Best Picture award — is The King’s Speech. That represents a big upset over The Social Network, and seems to dramatically alter predictions for the Oscar race. The full list of winners is after the break. Read More »

The Making of ‘The King’s Speech’

The Weinstein Company have released a 23 minute behind the scenes making od documentary for The King’s Speech. Acclaimed as one of the best films of the year, Tom Hooper’s film is the story of “King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.” Find out how the story was brought to the screen in the video embedded after the jump.

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The last big indicator of how the Oscar nominations are likely to shake out is the nomination set for the Director’s Guild of America’s award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. The DGA and Best Director Oscar awards often line up directly (there have been only six deviations since the DGA awards began in 1948) and before the Best Picture Oscar set was widened to ten films, the DGA nominations were a very good indicator of how that race would go, as well.

Now the 2010 nominations are out, and for the most part they conform to the well-established 2010 awards consensus. See the list below. Read More »

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