Stuttering Foundation Gives "The King’s Speech" A Hero’s Welcome 


Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" dominated the 2011 Oscar nominations with twelve nods (see complete Oscar nominations right here), and now, the Stuttering Foundation is giving the film a hero's welcome.

In the movie, Oscar front-runner Colin Firth portrays King George VI, a ruler who must overcome his stuttering problem to unite his country during World War II.

Jane Fraser, President of The Stuttering Foundation, issued the following reaction to today’s Oscar nominations:

“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. The King’s Speech, with its 12 Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress nominations, continues to put a much-needed spotlight on stuttering. 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.”

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