Oscars: ‘King’s Speech’ writer moved to tears


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There was no stammering backstage from David Seidler.

“I’m still a stutterer,” he said. “I just know all the tricks. … I don’t have to think about it anymore.”

Seidler took home the Oscar for original screenplay Sunday night for “The King’s Speech.” The golden statue is a welcomed accolade, sure, but Seidler beams more when discussing the film’s impact on the stuttering community.


“It really moves me to tears,” he said. “A speech therapist wrote to me that one of her clients [a teenage girl] was being terribly bullied for being a stutterer. This girl was determined not to take it. … What made the difference? [she said] ‘I have a voice.’ ”

But what does Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family think of the film’s portrayal of her father, King George VI?

“We have certainly heard — and it has not been denied — that her majesty has seen the film. We were told that she was moved and amused. I am deeply moved by that. I am very gratified that, if it’s true, she really understood that this was written and made with a great deal of respect and love for her father … and I’m glad she didn’t send me to the Tower of London for putting the F-word in her father’s mouth.”

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-- Yvonne Villarreal


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