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Oscars: Stuttering Foundation tosses awards support behind “King’s Speech”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The Stuttering Foundation has been a vocal supporter of Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” ever since the movie premiered last year.

“Since its debut, The King’s Speech has provided context for understanding the plight of those who stutter,” said Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation, in a release.

The historical drama, which has seen an increase in interest at the box office, is having an impact outside of theaters, Fraser notes.

“Therapists are seeing an upturn in referrals and inquiries. More families are discussing treatment options. Myths are being debunked. Valuable and accurate information is being traded across email, Facebook and Twitter. Hope and healing is displacing ridicule and snickering.

“For people who stutter, The King’s Speech brings understanding and acceptance, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for so many to talk about stuttering in an atmosphere that is supportive, to sympathetic ears patiently waiting for each complete thought to end,” Fraser adds. “People who stutter can hold their heads high. This is the movie’s greatest accomplishment.”

But Fraser and the Stuttering Foundation have one more accomplishment they’d like to see “King’s Speech” check off it’s list: Win the Best Picture Oscar on Feb. 27.

“Sixty-eight million people around the world stutter. If you ask the stuttering community what movie has helped them the most, The King’s Speech would surely receive at least 68 million votes,” Fraser said.

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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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One Comment

  • February 17, 2011 | Permalink |

    Yes, The King’s Speech is a great film with good directing and great actors and actresses. And, The Stuttering Foundation of America, as it was called years ago, is where our family found help and hope. If the internet had been around then, perhaps King George VI and his parents would have had an easier life and stuttering would have been under control long before he became king.

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