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David Seidler's Oscar Acceptance Speech For The King's Speech Original Screenplay

David Seidler, Screenwriter of The King's Speech, on Winning an Oscar




"My father always said I'd be a late bloomer."

— David Seidler won me, and I imagine many others, over during his acceptance speech for best original screenplay at the Oscars. At 73, he's the oldest person ever to win in the category, but the script was long in the making.

After overcoming a stutter himself — one he attributes to the trauma of growing up in wartime London — he long admired George VI. Seidler began researching the project in the '70s but abandoned it in 1982 when the Queen Mum asked him not to pursue it in her lifetime. She died in 2002, and he went back to work in 2005. A late bloomer, maybe? But with an Oscar in hand and hindsight in rear view, it looks like perfect timing.

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Colleen-Barrett Colleen-Barrett 6 years
I know! I find him adorable. I think one of the reasons people responded so well to the The King's Speech is because it's about overcoming a personal problem that's small in the grand scheme but huge to the individual. King or not!
stephley stephley 6 years
He's a beacon of hope for all of us, nurturing an idea but maybe not quite there yet!
nylorac nylorac 6 years
i loved his speech! and what a wonderful story he had about the journey he took to write the king's speech...
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