Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“King’s Speech” Wins Toronto, Heads to Oscar List


“The King’s Speech,” directed by Tom Hooper, won the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival. The Colin Firth-Geoffrey Rush film now heads to the Academy Awards and all the other short lists for prizes.

But that’s not a slam dunk that it will win the Oscar. February is a long way from now. And there are plenty of other names in the mix.

David Fincher‘s “Social Network,” as I noted below, is a hot contender. The Facebook movie takes the lead in the Oscar race when it opens on October 1st.

Danny Boyle‘s “127 Hours” is in the mix, but won’t hit its stride until its release. Ditto for Darren Aronofsky‘s “Black Swan.” And same for “The Kids Are Alright,” with Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.

Other Oscar titles not to be forgotten: “Inception,” the Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio film that’s been a huge hit and has a strong following. I can’t imagine “Inception” not being included. And a spot may be held for Martin Scorsese‘s “Shutter Island.”

Still to be seen and much anticipated: James L. Brooks‘s “How Do You Know,” “The Fighter” directed by David O. Russell, Ryan Gosling-Michelle Williams film, “Blue Valentine,” and the Coen Bros.’ reboot of “True Grit.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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