Mike Fleming

As the Oscar race hits the home stretch, the battle for supremacy is heating up. First Mark Zuckerberg showed up on Saturday Night Live last week to help tout The Social Network alongside host Jesse Eisenberg. Now The King’s Speech, which has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards and took home last weekend’s top DGA and SAG honors, has found its own special audience — none other than Queen Elizabeth. This comes from the Weinstein Company:

New York, NY, February 4, 2011 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) is honored to learn that Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, has enjoyed a private screening of THE KING’S SPEECH, as reported by Duncan Larcombe, Royal Editor, in today’s edition of The Sun.  The film, directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler, tells the story of Her Majesty’s father, King George VI, as he struggles to overcome a crippling speech impediment while grappling with his sudden, unexpected ascension to throne and the mounting danger of Nazi Germany.  THE KING’S SPEECH stars Colin Firth as King George VI, Geoffrey Rush as the King’s speech therapist, Lionel Logue, and Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

THE KING’S SPEECH has been seen and admired by many notable public figures, including  British Prime Minister David Cameron, who hosted a private screening at his home over the Christmas holidays; Prince Andrew; Lord and Lady William Astor; Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill; and Edwina Sandys, the granddaughter of Winston Churchill (portrayed in the film by Timothy Spall).   

Screenwriter David Seidler said, “To learn Her Majesty has seen the film, and was moved, in turn moves and humbles me greatly.  When, thirty years ago, the Queen Mother asked me to wait and not tell this story during her lifetime, because the memory of these events was still too painful, I realized the depths of the emotions involved.  Now this story has been written and filmed with a great deal of love, admiration, and respect for Her Majesty’s father.  That Her Majesty has responded favorably to this, is wonderfully gratifying.”

Said Harvey Weinstein, TWC co-Chairman and executive producer of THE KING’S SPEECH, “On behalf of the director Tom Hooper; the producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin; Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and our entire ensemble cast: we are deeply honored and humbled by Her Majesty’s appreciation of the film.  It was a labor of love for all of us and this is high praise, indeed.”

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