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'King's Speech' crowned best picture at Oscars; Firth, Portman win acting awards

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"King's Speech" was crowned to shine U.K film industry. But Asian film markets have rapidly over-sized North America's sales revenues and box-office tickets soon. We are expecting to enjoy more Asia-produced films in coming years.

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Everything was way too predictable except for the foreign language movie maybe. I ask myself why Japan doesn't make any better animation films.

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This was more or less exactly as I thought it would be, with The King's Speech winning most of the main awards and Inception winning a lot of technical ones (of course, I knew TS3 would win for animated). Portman was a bit of a surprise, but a good one, by the sounds of it, and I have no idea about the Bale movie (now that they've won Academy Awards the Japanese Film Board might move a little faster to get them here).

Anyway, sounds like it was a pretty decent show, F-word aside (not saying it's bad... just inappropriate).

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I love Colin Firth. British actors are the best and most handsome. Yes!

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PS: I am not interested in the story about the king though. Royalties are a thing of the past...not exciting, not entertaining at all.

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Have you seen it LoveUSA? It's a great story about people, and of couse, Geoffry Rush is brilliant and Colin Firth is Colin Firth!! I'm pretty sure you'll be entertained.

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Looking forward to seeing King's Speach. And I hope The Fighter gets here sometime in 2011 as well. Bale and Leo are supposed to be just dynamite in it. And as a native of the Boston area, I have sentimental ties to the story.

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To LoveUSA and others thinking to pass on seeing The King's Speech: This film tells the story of two people who are friends, one who happpens to be a speech therapist and the other, who happens to be a king. A fascinating study of two seemingly different men. And the lovingly portrayed relationship between "Bertie" and his Elizabeth (who later became known as the "Queen Mum") seemed very endearing and authentic. They seemed relatively normal, which is highly unusual given that they were based on real British royals.

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Very predictable this year, true. But still fair I think. I saw The King's Speech.. it was good, but a bit boring as well. Colin Firth was amazing though. Same goes for Black Swan. I wouldn't watch the movie again, but N.Portman was superb. She deserved the Oscar. All in all a bit boring this year. I fall asleep a few times while watching it.

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The King's Speech is a truly great movie and easily deserves the accolade.

Inception got 4 minor Oscars for SFX, but the SFX do not really make the movie - it tried to be too clever with its "am I dreaming or is this reality?" type thing, that was done in the Matrix. At the end, I barely cared whether they were dreaming or not.

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"King's Speech" has another financial success for its moderate budget of 8 million pound to earn more than $200 million revenues so far. I will watch this movie with my partner soon.

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It is now two days ago and I am still feeling overwhelemd by what I saw. It is a very touching, and quite inspiring story about a man psychologically scarred and trapped in a situation from which he could have no escape and facing it with immense courage. It so happens that he was royal, and that was a large part of his problem, but the film isn't so much about royalty as a human story. This film conveyed very powerfully in the opening scene, the enormity of what was required of him. As the film develops, the complexities of the character are revealed. The acting is superb, especially from the three principals and the development of the troubled and spanky relationship at the heart of the film is a joy to watch. The film is very funny and the majestic characters have warmth and humanity. This film is well paced, and carries you along to the emotional climax. so that, even though I knew the story, it had me holding my breath. If you don't need lots of action or special effects in your film, and enjoy seeing top-notch actors at the very peak of their career, this will be for you. You might also, as I did gain a bit more insight into the human drama behind a significant, but relatively unexplored period of British history.

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To LoveUSA and others thinking to pass on seeing The King's Speech

It could be a human story but come on, the king had a speech problem...what an interesting story. Many people have much more severe problems. I am not interested in the story of the king of an empire that built itself by sucking the blood of poor people from its colonies around the world. They suffered much more than a genetically cross bread leader of a colonial empire.

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I wish I was savvy enough to be able to download this film - it seems like I'm the only one here who has yet to watch it! Damn!

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LoveUSA-you are so funny. I found the ceremony very boring this year, actually it was the worst ever. No jokes at all. I wonder why? Was it because they feel guilty about having a great time whilst lots of people have it hard in the US and in the rest of the world? Aren't movies supposed to make people dream and let them escape their misery? So why was King's Speech winning, a movie that has nothing to do with our time? Now I get it, the Academy had a speech problem because the king had one - everything in harmony.

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I was glad to see Inside Job win for Best Documentary, and it was good to point out as the receiver of the award did that no one has yet gone to jail for the greatest mass financial fraud ever perpetrated in history.

I was somewhat surpised that Waiting for Superman didn't receive a nod.

Lastly, one of the best films I saw last year was the very small-budget movie *Winter's Bone." It was great to see its two main actors garner Oscar nominations -- as well as the movie itself getting a Best Picture nomination. The actors certainly deserved to be nominated. Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes were terrific.

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Award shows are silly. 10 best pics? Come on. And one is a cartoon? I wish Banksy would've pranked the show somehow.

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LoveUSA: "PS: I am not interested in the story about the king though. Royalties are a thing of the past...not exciting, not entertaining at all."

So are samurai, but a good story is a good story, and in this case the premise of the King's speech impediment is a vehicle for a much larger picture; the king is but a human being.

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LoveUSA: Agree with you that British actors rock, though (albeit not for the same reasons).

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Ok, ok I am persuaded, I am going to see the King's Speech. Thanks for the analysis and the recommendations. I have a speech impediment too, maybe it will help me overcome it. And because of the great Colin Firth I am going to see the movie, though prejudiced a little.

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And one is a cartoon?

Thanks God, only one!

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As for me, Colin Firth, as Mr. Darcy, had me at "Your conjecture is totally wrong, I assure you. My mind was more agreeably engaged. I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow." Then later he had to dive into the pond only to emerge dripping with his gauzy dress shirt clinging ever so tightly. Ladies and gentlemen both will agree, it doesn't get much better than that! Congratulations to Oscar's newest Best Actor, Colin Firth! I bet there's a knighthood in his future.

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Then later he had to dive into the pond only to emerge dripping with his gauzy dress shirt clinging ever so tightly.

I guess he jumped in the pond because he was rejected. Great actor, I liked him in the Bridget's diaries very much.

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Seems like it's been decades since the ceremony was worth watching or commenting on.

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@LoveUse: Seems you haven't read or seen Austen's classic, "Pride and Prejudice". The BBC mini-series version, which stars the Academy Award Best Actor winner, Colin Firth (damn that sounds fine!), is the ultimate version - forget Keira Knightly's weak attempt.

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@LoveUse: Seems you haven't read or seen Austen's classic, "Pride and Prejudice". The BBC mini-series version, which stars the Academy Award Best Actor winner, Colin Firth (damn that sounds fine!), is the ultimate version - forget Keira Knightly's weak attempt.

I have seen it and read it. So do you remember when he jumped in the pond? Wasn't he rejected? Colin firth acted as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Johnoson diaries. I liked him in both roles. I would like to see him in King's Speech. He is a good actor and a handsome too.

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