January 20, 2017

Oscars: Does latest ‘King’s Speech’ win mean race is over?


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Is there any doubt that the Oscar tide has turned away from David Fincher’s “The Social Network” and landed in support of Tom Hooper’s “The King’ Speech?”

Most of that doubt should be erased by the news that Hooper – and not Fincher – took home the top prize at the Directors Guild of America awards on Saturday night. In the process, Hooper also bested David O. Russell (“The Fighter”), Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) and Christopher Nolan (“Inception”).

“Thank you D.G.A., this is really, truly the hugest honor of my life,” Hooper said at the Directors Guild ceremony, according to the NY Times.

The race isn’t over yet, mind you. Awards race trackers will be paying close attention to tonight’s Screen Actors Guild ceremony to see if “Social Network” (or another contender) can take Best Ensemble award and make a race of this thing. But for right now, it appears “King’s Speech” is the picture to beat as we head into the long, final stretch.

Here’s our interview with Tom Hooper, DGA winner, from late last year.

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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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