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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