The film, directed by Tom Hooper, follows the life of King George VI (played by Colin Firth), who unexpectedly had to assume the British throne after the abdication of his brother Edward. The title of the movie makes reference to the king’s momentous address to the nation before World War II.
George VI, who many thought unfit for the throne, had to overcome a stammer with the help of a speech therapist, played in the film by Geoffrey Rush.
The cast also features Helena Bonham Carter, who looks (and probably plays) much better as a real monarch than as the Queen of Hearts in her husband’s tedious Alice in Wonderland, Michael Gambon, Guy Pierce and Timothy Spall, who befittingly plays Winston Churchill.
The award in Toronto may be the first step in Colin Firth’s Oscar bid, after last year’s painful loss for his brilliant performance in the beautiful but irreparably hollow A Single Man. It would be a well deserved win for such an accomplished performer.
Here’s the first available clip of the film, which will be commercially released in November.