The Top Oscar Goes To "King's Speech"

The Top Oscar Goes To "King's Speech"

No "Inception?"

The King's Speech won the Oscar last night. In the opinion of the majority of the voters of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, it is the best picture released in 2010. The King's Speech is a good movie, entertaining, instructive, with drama and humor. It tells the tale of two blokes and their wives, with glimpses of their happy home lives with their children. One bloke has an impediment that the other bloke helps him to overcome. The King's Speech is a buddy flick. The two blokes become mates.

One of the blokes is George VI, the king of the United Kingdom. Few people alive remember him, or when they do, they remember him vaguely as that royal guy who was an aide of Sir. Winston Churchill. Many more people remembers his wife. She was the mother of Queen Elizabeth ll, and that old lady, who was always smiling, and who was the Queen Mother of England. She died quite a few years ago, in March, 2002, at the age of 101. George VI buddy in the film, nobody had heard of him at all. This flick resurrects or recreates him and them -- them all -- as memorable people.

The movie works on several levels. First, it offers encouragement to people with a stammer. It says: See a stammer could inflict anyone, even a king, and don't despair, he over came his stammer by personal effort, and with a little help from his friend. Second, it teaches that everyone of us has a duty to serve a higher purpose, and that we should rise above our own selfish whims. Third, it is about as pro-democratic as a flick can get, and still has as the leading character an once real live king.

Colin Firth deserves his Oscar as the best actor. And I suppose the writer of the script, deserves his for writing the best original screen play. The script has a lot of creativity and invention. We are given monarchists as latent? no? almost as bleeding democrats. But is The King's Speech the best picture released in 2010?

Inception is a movie for the movies. The King's Speech is a flick that could fit right comfortably in a TV size box and on PBS' Masterpiece Theater. Inception is a concept that requires a movie screen to properly see. In Inception imagery is king, in The King's Speech, just words. Inception is something new, engages more of the senses, makes demands of the brain, and commands the skills of film makers. The King's Speech could just as well as been done on a community playhouse stage.

And yes, Christopher Nolan, the director of Inception, wasn't even nominated for the director's award. Shame on Hollywood.