OK it may not be the Oscars (yet) but The King's Speech wins the Dominic de Mattos award for Best Actor hands down. The Dom is a coveted award, much sought after in the entertainment industry, in case you were wondering.
The story is about one man's struggle against a debilitating stammer; a handicap in any walk of life but a nightmare if you are a prince. This film is based on the true experiences of Albert, Duke of York, who became King George VI, as he is thrust to prominence following his brother's abdication. I found the direction moving, the script engaging and the acting superb. As I might have already mentioned, Colin Firth, as the Duke of York, excelled in his portrayal of a man tortured by self doubt and fear of failure, firmly suppressed beneath his public face of duty.
Helena Bonham Carter perfectly captured the Duchess of York's character (The Duchess of York, of course, became the nations beloved Queen Mother, known for being prim and proper, and yet with a heart of gold). If this film does not win at least three Oscars, then I will declare the world a justice free zone!