Press Release from Paramount Pictures
THE KING’S SPEECH leads the field in the film category nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards announced early Wednesday morning local time.
Produced by Australian / UK based See-Saw Films, THE KING’S SPEECH received 7 nominations, including a nomination for Geoffrey Rush for his portrayal of Lionel Logue the unorthodox Australian speech therapist who helped King George VI find his voice.
Best Motion Picture – The King's Speech
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Colin Firth
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Helena Bonham Carter
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture- Geoffrey Rush
Best Director-Motion Picture – Tom Hooper
Best Screenplay-Motion Picture – David Seidler
Best Original Score-Motion Picture – Alexandre Desplat
Currently in Australia Director, Tom Hooper has said, ‘I am absolutely thrilled with all the nominations for The King’s Speech and hugely grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press. I am so delighted for our entire cast, composer, Alexandre and for David whose journey towards making this film started as a small boy listening to King George VI on the radio. I am so grateful to my extraordinary cast and crew for helping to bring this unlikely story of friendship to life. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for supporting our film and making me very happy at 2 in the morning following the premiere of my film in Melbourne, Australia!"
Producer Emile Sherman from See-Saw Films said, “It's so thrilling to see this film which is a true Australian/UK story receiving so many Golden Globe nominations. With Geoffrey Rush playing an unlikely Australian hero, Guy Pearce playing Edward VIII, a part Australian director in Tom Hooper, as well as us Aussie producers, the overwhelming reaction to the film has left us literally speechless.
We all hope to be better versions of ourselves and that's what makes The King's Speech timeless. Audiences are really connecting with Bertie's struggle and his enduring friendship with Logue at such a tumultuous time in history when it would have been so easy to forget what is truly important in life."
Mike Selwyn, Managing Director of Paramount Pictures Australia said ‘We are delighted to be distributing this wonderful production in conjunction with Transmission Films. We are confident that the nominations and rave reviews that the film has received to date are just the beginning. The reactions from audiences to the advance screenings we have had in Australia have been amongst the best that I have ever witnessed. I look forward to lots more people discovering the film at this weekend’s previews and after the film’s release on December 26. This is a film of great quality but also of great humanity and I congratulate everyone involved here in Australia and overseas on this achievement.’
THE KING’S SPEECH further cemented early critical acclaim by taking home 5 Awards at the recent British Independent Film Awards. Including the coveted Best Film award, as well as Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush, Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter and Best Screenplay for writer David Seidler.
Also announced today Director, Baz Luhrmann will introduce and host a special Q&A screening of THE KING’S SPEECH with Geoffrey Rush and Director, Tom Hooper this Sunday, December 19th at Palace Cinemas Verona from 7.15pm
Tickets are available to attend this very special screening through Palace Cinemas Verona.
THE KING’S SPEECH will release in Australia on December 26th.
Sneak preview screenings at selected cinemas December 17th – 19th.