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TIFF ’10: Tom Hooper’s ‘King’s Speech’ declared an Oscar lock

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Strong buzz for Tom Hooper’s film created massive lines, and those hoping to rush the theater were left out in the cold.

But plenty of others filled the seats at Roy Thompson Hall last night, and reaction to “King’s Speech” this morning is very strong … especially with regards to the Oscar race.

Peter Howell, writing in the Toronto Star, calls Hooper’s film “the fest’s first major Oscar player,” adding that “everything from Best Picture on down” is sure to be considered by the Academy.

Steven Zeitchik speculates in the L.A. Times that “Speech” could be the Oscar contender Harvey Weinstein wanted “A Single Man” to be.

Borys Kit writes in the Hollywood Reporter that the Weinstein Co. “may have a serious awards contender on its hands.” Kit says the Gala audience “shot to their feet for a standing ovation, cheering, whistling and hollering,” and added that the film “has best picture and best actor nominations written all over it. And maybe best screenplay, best director and best supporting actor, too.”

And Erik Childress of eFilmCritic tweets, “You can lock up The Kings Speech for at least 5 oscar nods: picture, actor (firth), support actor (rush), screenp,lay & cinematography.”

This mirrors responses for “Speech” out of Telluride, as well. So expect “King’s Spech” to be in it for the long haul, as Weinstein Co. rides this horse to another potential Best Picture nomination … and maybe a win.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • September 11, 2010 | Permalink |

    I thought the Weinsteins developed ONLY potential Oscar winners… for a while there, they had the process down better than anyone.

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