Historical revelations could hinder Oscar hopes for the cast and crew of The King’s Speech. Academy voters have been barraged via email with suggestions that Firth’s character, King George VI, was of anti-Semitic inclination and was favourable to the impediment of the Jews fleeing Germany in 1939.
Despite already winning numerous pre-Oscar awards and a swag of BAFTA’s, the film’s astounding 12 nominations could be jeopardised by the recent tarnishings.
The whole exercise seems fairly pointless and appears to be a nasty last-ditch attempt at sabotage. The film’s producer, Harvey Weinstein, who is Jewish himself, has launched a heavy media campaign to combat the issue.
The 83rd Oscars will air in Australia next Sunday, February 27.