This is a movie I haven't had the opportunity to see yet, but soon ... hopefully (Leslie?) Today it was nominated for 12 Academy Awards. That's not too shabby.
Actor – Colin Firth
Supporting actor – Geoffrey Rush
Supporting actress – Helena Bonham Carter
Director – Tom Hooper
King George VI was never meant to be King. His older brother, David, (King Edward VIII) abdicated the throne in order to marry a *gasp* divorced American woman. "Bertie", as George VI was known, became King by default. He hated the idea, and in fact he was terrified of it.
I recently read the biography of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. She was quite the gal. In her younger days she was very pretty, and regularly jaunted over to Paris to visit the nightclubs. She loved to party, and she loved her gin and tonics. The gin and tonics probably helped her to live to the ripe old age of 103. But she was no shy, English rose. She was tough and high-spirited; she was the strength behind the throne, and she helped Bertie overcome his stammer by arranging for him to be seen by a speech therapist. (My daughter, who is a speech therapist, has seen the movie and she says it's wonderful.) Interestingly, sceenwriter David Seidler had suffered from a stammer when he was a child, and King George VI inspired him. When Seidler wrote his screenplay, the Queen Mother asked him to delay publishing it until after her death.
I find the Royals interesting, and obviously Hollywood does too. Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II. Dame Mirren was also nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Charlotte in "The Madness of King George". Cate Blanchett won two Oscars for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I (twice), and Emily Blunt was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Victoria. Add Colin Firth to that list for his portrayal of King George VI, and my guess is he will win.
And yes, ladies, I have seen Colin Firth in person, and ... yes, he is even better looking than on the screen.