For Your Consideration: 10 Films, 1 Best Picture...
I invite you all to check out a collaborative blog project called "For Your Consideration", where a team of avid cinemaphiles (of which I am a part of) discuss the ten films vying for Best Picture at the 2011 Academy Awards. A case is drawn for each candidate over why it should be rewarded the prestigious title. Coinciding with countdown to the Oscars, one column will be released each day leading up to the highly-anticipated awards ceremony.
My written piece on The King's Speech, the British historical drama about the struggles of King George VI starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham-Carter, was published today. I argue that "what sets The King’s Speech apart from your typical period piece and makes it a standout candidate in this year’s pool of remarkable Best Picture nominees is the inspired way in which the film combines history with humanity in an engrossing and relatable manner. It succeeds in its quest to humanize a royal figure and directly appeal to the viewer’s pathos, creating a deep connection between the audience and the trials of King George VI. He isn’t portrayed as simply a monarch; he’s a real person going through real issues." You can read the rest here.
Articles on 127 Hours, The Social Network and Black Swan are now available for your reading pleasure. Please keep watching the blog throughout the week for columns on the rest of the Oscar-worthy nominees: The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone.