Oscar Winning 'The King's Speech' Director Owes His Mom Bigtime

Sheri Reed

Kings Speech Director Tom Hooper
King's Speech Director Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper won the Best Director Oscar award last night for The King's Speech, which also won the Academy Award for Best Picture. In his acceptance speech for the prestigious award, Tom Hopper revealed the story of how this compelling, Oscar-winning tale came to be his next film project. Unbelievably, this story is almost as beautiful as the winning film's story of how the future King of England George VI overcame a crippling stutter.

HINT: The movie came to be thanks to none other than Tom Hooper's mother, Meredith. Well, of course, it did! All goodness is always linked back to good moms, right? Well, in this case, it's even cooler than that.

As he grasped tightly to his Best Director Oscar last night, Tom Hopper said in his acceptance speech, among many other lovely things:

My mum was invited to a fringe theater play reading of an unproduced, unrehearsed play called The King's Speech. She almost didn't. But thank God she did, because she came home, rang me up, and said, "Tom, I think I found your next film." Listen to your mum.

Wow! So extraordinary! His mom was able to see the power of a good story, however unproduced and unrehearsed, and then urged her son to take it on as his second feature film. He did and look what happened.

Backstage at the Academy Awards, Hooper joked about his mom's winning discovery:

She’s under a little bit of pressure now. But I’m not sure she’s going to achieve it for a while. She hasn’t been invited to another free play reading. So that’s something I’m hoping is going to happen soon.

I loved learning how The King's Speech film came to be, and it sure goes to show you that you never know where you might find the next really good, virtually undiscovered story that begs to be told.

I didn’t quite believe that there were masterpieces sitting unread in attics. I kind of thought the system worked: That there were scouts everywhere [and it] was sufficient. If someone wrote a good script, people would know that it existed. And the story of how this film came to be is a classic example of how that’s not the case. I mean, this play, it was a play reading but this play failed to be produced. This play was going nowhere when I came to it and when my producers came to it and Geoffrey [Rush] came to it.

My biggest takeaway from the amazing story? I'm just relieved to hear that our kids, no matter how successful they become in life, might still listen to a thing or two we say! This notion is totally awesome and just warms my heart to no end.

Hmmm, do you have a masterpiece story idea hidden up your sleeve?


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