“The King’s Speech” is nominated for a leading 12 Oscars at tonight’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
Along with the acclaim it has received from the critics and various awards shows, the historical drama also is earning praise from Oklahomans who suffer from stutterers and speech pathologists, reports my excellent colleague Ken Raymond.
The World War II drama “The King’s Speech” centers on the unlikely friendship that develops between stammering Albert (Colin Firth) – who became King George VI – and Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an unconventional speech therapist. The movie won seven BAFTA awards and has lately emerged as the best-picture front-runner for tonight’s Oscars.
“This movie showed that you can stutter and still do anything,” said John Robinson, 25, a speech language pathologist for Manor Care Health Service in Oklahoma City.
“You can even be the king.”
To read more about what Oklahoma stutterers and language experts had to say about the film, click here to read Ken’s interesting story, which also includes information on Oklahoma support group meetings provided through the National Stuttering Foundation.
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will air live at 7:30 p.m. today on ABC (KOCO-5 in Oklahoma City), and you can follow along with live blog here at BAM’s Blog! The festivities will begin here on the blog and on TV at 6 p.m. with the Oscars red carpet.