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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The King's Gimme

We finally watched "The King's Speech", and while it was enjoyable, now we see what all the fuss was about it being the winner of this year's Oscar winner for Best Picture.

In case you've already forgotten the story, "The Social Network" won almost every single critics' award before the Oscars, but then was beaten by "The King's Speech" for the ultimate prize, the Oscar. Many believed that "The Social Network" lost because many of the older Academy voters couldn't relate to a movie about Facebook, while others in the industry know that no one knows how to run a successful Oscar campaign better than Harvey Weinstein, who was one of the producers of "The King's Speech".

We haven't seen "The Social Network" yet, so we can't honestly say which movie we thought was more deserving of the Oscar, but now, after having watched "The King's Speech", we can say that we're not sure it really packed enough of an emotional wallop to be named Oscar's Best Picture. "The King's Speech" had some nice moments, and the tone throughout was dramatic and certainly heart-warming, but it left us a little cold at the end. It was almost as if we were geared up for a real emotional experience which never transpired. Compared to the Best Picture winners and nominees of the past two years, such as "The Hurt Locker", "Milk", "Precious", "Up in the Air", "Frost/Nixon", "The Reader"; "The King's Speech" just doesn't hold up.

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