The King's Speech gets accolades from The Stuttering Foundation

Posted by: Kristy Sturdivant

In lieu of the multiple nominations that last year’s film THE KING’S SPEECH received this morning from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the president of The Stuttering Foundation, Jane Fraser, has given the film a “hero’s welcome”. She says in a statement:

The Stuttering Foundation gives a hero’s welcome to THE KING’S SPEECH, which has brought overwhelmingly positive attention to the plight of people who stutter. For the stuttering community, there are few, if any, more accurate portrayals of the anguish faced by people who stutter, or of the hardship it places on family and friends, than in this movie. Stuttering is most often the province of comic relief, and never of the hero. THE KING’S SPEECH gives the stuttering community a hero who inspires and a movie that promotes understanding and acceptance of the complexities of stuttering. We congratulate the directors, producers, writers and actors for their work, and their humanity in helping millions of people who stutter with understanding and hope.

I’m sure something of this nature has happened in the past with other organizations honoring a film, but probably not something that surrounded a speech impediment. I think it’s great when Hollywood gets it right and THE KING’S SPEECH was an uplifting film that was worthy of the nominations it received from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences this morning. For the record, I’m rooting for Colin Firth to win Best Actor- his performance was inspiring and everyone should see it.

Colin Firth in The King's Speech

Source: The Stuttering Foundation

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