Directed by Tom Hooper and starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, THE KING’S SPEECH (2010) was honored in the year of its release with a 2010 AFI AWARDS SPECIAL AWARD, recognizing it among the most outstanding achievements of the year. According to the official rationale, “THE KING’S SPEECH proudly pronounces itself a classic with an eloquence worthy of Great Britain’s royal family. Director Tom Hooper and writer David Seidler tell a deeply emotional tale that achieves the uncommon — empathy for a king. Colin Firth’s brilliant turn as King George VI, whose heavy head wears the crown, is matched in heart by the performances of Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. Rich in detail and regal in manner, THE KING’S SPEECH is a triumph — both for a king whose personal fears must play on a global stage and for all to embrace that our greatest test is yet to come.”
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