King’s Speech leads the pack

Hollywood was united today in
exclaiming: long live the king.

 It was announced in Los Angeles that the The
King’s Speech, Tom Hooper’s drama about George VI’s struggles to overcome a
stutter, had picked up 12 nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards.

As well as the predicted nods for
best director, best film and best actor (for Colin Firth), it earned acting recognition
for Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush in the supporting categories. David
Seidler’s screenplay was also rewarded; likewise Tariq Anwar’s editing and Alexandre
Desplat’s score.

The result is a vindication for the
film after some commentators wondered whether its sweeping of the board at the
Baftas, where it picked up 14 nominations was indicative of home-grown bias.

 It will also confound those who suggested the
film might be the victim of an Academy boycott after some accused it of airbrushing
the monarch’s anti-Semitism.

With The King’s Speech leading the
pack, second place honours fell to True Grit, the Coen brothers’ remake of the
classic western. Helped by a last-minute boost at the US box office, the film
won 10 nominations, including one for Jeff Bridges, who took the part
previously played by John Wayne.

The film narrowly beat the movie
that, earlier in the season, had seemed the main contender for the crown.

In the end, David Fincher’s
Facebook drama The Social Network took eight nominations.

The Fighter, David O Russell’s
boxing drama, was the only other of the big five contenders that did not pick
up a nomination in the best actor category.

This year’s ceremony will take
place in the Kodak theatre, Hollywood on 27 February, when the hosts will be
James Franco – up for a best actor nomination for 127 Hours – and Anne
Hathaway, whose role in Love and Other Drugs did not get her shortlisted.