I love royal movies (everything from period dramas to Disney princess movies), and The King’s Speech is one of my favorites. I’m glad it won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor at the Oscars last year (in addition to Best Original Screenplay).
But the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAS weren’t the only awards given out to the cast and crew of this film: Queen Elizabeth herself was “moved” by the film, and, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, gave Order of the British Empire awards to Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, who played the two lead royals in the film (who were also Queen Elizabeth’s parents).
Firth received his CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in January after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last summer, and Bonham Carter received her CBE today, after being named in this year’s New Year Honours List. (Of course, being known for her outrageous fashion sense, Bonham Carter wore a red tartan dress and black platform pumps to meet the Queen.)
In a saddening note, the incomparable Geoffrey Rush has not been recognized for his stellar career with any of the hono(u)rs that Australia offers. Aussies, please rectify this as soon as possible. (Unless it turns out that he has declined them, in which case we should respect his decision.)