photographed by: caro ramirez (website | blog | flickr); inspiration: the king's speech (2010)
I love period dramas and historical dramas. I loved the production design, costumes, make up, hair and everything else. It was such a visually stunning film and I absolutely loved the use of negative space in the cinematography. Initially, they had discussed employing a fisheye lens to portray a sense of constriction and entrapment. However, they rendered this technique too literal and used a wider than normal lens instead. The chemistry between Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush was undeniable. The soundtrack was heartbreaking and every time it came on during Albert's speech, I would start to well up. Approaching the end of the film, I felt a huge sense of sadness, with the looming of the war with Hitler and Germany and King George VI's pending broadcast speech - it was just so overwhelming.
I'm just so happy that Colin Firth won Best Actor and the film won Best Picture. I was slightly sad that Geoffrey Rush didn't win Best Supporting Actor; I think his performance was delightfully fun and sarcastic at the right times. I haven't seen The Fighter yet, so I can't say Geoffrey Rush's performance is "better" than Christian's Bale or Helen Bonham Carter over Melissa Leo. Fun fact: in 2007 Darren Aronofsky was announced and set to direct The Fighter, but after some complications, he dropped out of the project. But all three leads of The King's Speech were nominated, which says a lot about the quality of the acting and Tom Hooper's direction.
Congratulations to The King's Speech, Colin Firth, Tom Hooper and the rest of the cast and crew for an amazing, moving, compelling film. I'm so glad The Social Network didn't win. Even though, it was a very well written and directed film, I don't think it was as good as The King's Speech. I definitely think The Social Network deserved Best Adapted Screenplay, but not Editing and Original Score. No! I loved the editing in Black Swan and I think every other nominee for score deserved it more than The Social Network, in my opinion of course.
Nevertheless, all these talented people are so admirable and I hope one day I can participate and contribute to the filmmaking industry and history. I will probably never get nominated for an Oscar, but I want to dream big and hopefully one day, I will at least have continual opportunities to make my own films. The Oscars is a huge dream, but for now, I'll aim a lot lower and maybe a Film Festival Award is a more attainable short term goal. I must play hard and work much much harder.
Congratulations again The King's Speech. I'm going to watch it again soon!
Please note: I do not smoke. I got the cigarette holder from Shotwell on Grant and Bush Street. The cigarette holder is for decorative purposes, that's all.