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'The King's Speech': The triumph of Hollywood conservative values
Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | February 27, 2011 | 10:41 pm | Patrick Goldstein

Posted on 02/28/2011 12:44:03 AM PST by thecodont

As one essayist wrote not long ago, it's become an article of faith in Conservative America that Hollywood is a “collection of hopeless la-la-land liberals — or worse, an elitist gaggle of heartland-bashing snobs.” Conservatives have routinely ridiculed Oscar movies for attacking the military (“Avatar”), promoting homosexuality (“Milk” and “Brokeback Mountain”) and depicting corporate executives as evil villains (“The Constant Gardener” and “Syriana”).

So it must've been quite a shock to watch all the la-la-liberals at the Oscars Sunday night honoring their elders and celebrating tradition on a show where the first clip of the night was from “Gone With the Wind” and the two guys who may have had the most screen time were Kirk Douglas and Bob Hope. Outside of a couple of lesbian jokes and one tiny barb directed at Wall Street from documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson, the awards were drearily free of controversy, outrage or anything remotely resembling lefty sanctimony.

On the other hand, the Academy Awards were true to the spirit of this past year's movies. As this year's show demonstrated, Hollywood isn't so easily stereotyped. It may be a town full of liberals, but when it comes to its most prestigious awards show, the most exalted statuettes went to films that espouse conservative values. “The King's Speech,” which won four Oscars, including the climactic one for best picture, is a profoundly conservative film, paying tribute to King George VI, an aristocratic English monarch who, humbled by a humiliating stutter, develops a deep friendship with a commoner, his speech therapist.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: academyawards; conservatism; oscars

1 posted on 02/28/2011 12:44:08 AM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont

The best supporting actress winner dropped the F-bomb during her speech.

They showed a picture of Obama during a musical montage.

Liberals were doing everything they could to get “The kids are alright” to win as many awards as possible. Even pushing Annette Benning for best actress.

La-La land is alive and well.


2 posted on 02/28/2011 1:14:21 AM PST by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: thecodont

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3 posted on 02/28/2011 1:16:35 AM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: thecodont

I was so interested in this years Oscar proceedings that I intentionally didn’t watch the show.


4 posted on 02/28/2011 1:17:32 AM PST by Wuli
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To: thecodont

Things are getting pretty desperate when a king with a studdering problem doing his ‘duty’ is considered a great conservative movie.


5 posted on 02/28/2011 2:07:33 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: Wuli

I heard it was on. I could not care less about it.


6 posted on 02/28/2011 2:51:19 AM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: Wuli

We watched our DVD of “Return of the King.”


7 posted on 02/28/2011 2:57:32 AM PST by mom4melody
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To: thecodont; potlatch; devolve; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP; dixiechick2000
There is a turning beneath the surface.

As the last election and this film show, there is a desire to turn and face the threat.

A generation born after the rhetoric which exhorted the nation to win knows what it has isn't it.

8 posted on 02/28/2011 3:17:27 AM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

I just watched “The Fighter” a few nights ago. None of the females in that movie performed better than the girl in True Grit. (Steinfeild?)

What character did the winner play? The girlfriend or the mom? Those are the only two I remember.

It’s a shame Steinfield didn’t win for True Grit, she made the remake...

JMHO


9 posted on 02/28/2011 3:25:23 AM PST by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: thecodont

I don’t think the King’s Speech represents conservative values at all. It is just a very moving story of an individual’s struggle....and it just happened to a time, place and people which occurred before progressives with their moral ambiguousness and cultural decline had taken foot.

Silly to think of it in ‘conservative’ terms to describe....for sure.


10 posted on 02/28/2011 4:46:47 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: fortheDeclaration

“Things are getting pretty desperate when a king with a studdering problem doing his ‘duty’ is considered a great conservative movie.”

My thoughts exactly.


11 posted on 02/28/2011 4:47:38 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: hattend
What character did the winner play? The girlfriend or the mom? Those are the only two I remember.

The winner Melissa Leo played the mother in THE FIGHTER.

12 posted on 02/28/2011 4:58:18 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: hattend

Melissa Leo played the mom. She should have won 2 years ago for Frozen River. I have enjoyed her acting ever since “Homidide: Life on the Streets”.

OTOH, I was really rooting for Hailee Steinfeld, but this was the toughest category with all 5 nominees giving excellent performances.


13 posted on 02/28/2011 5:04:03 AM PST by catman67
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To: thecodont
I didn't realize he was still alive. And you say he has his own award show?!

Awesome...

14 posted on 02/28/2011 5:05:28 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras

He was great as Qunicy even if it was a bit preachy sometimes.


15 posted on 02/28/2011 5:08:23 AM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Dudoight

I think the Kings Speech was conservative in that it presented triumph over adversity. There were several good films this year (and some not so good that got nominated anyway).

Biggest dissapointments were Jennifer Lawerence not winning best actress for what was clearly the most electrifying performance I’ve seen for a newcomer and Restropo not winning best documentary (picked a Bush bashing anto corporate movie instead)!


16 posted on 02/28/2011 5:09:59 AM PST by catman67
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To: thecodont

The King’s Speech was a great movie. I’m glad it won. Not for a moment did I think of it as an example of conservative values.


17 posted on 02/28/2011 5:13:32 AM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Dudoight

.....I don’t think the King’s Speech represents conservative values at all. ......

There was no sex. There was no nudity. There was no violence, there was no foul language. There was a man who rose to his challenge. There was depiction of families as families. There was religion portrayed as a normal part of life, even by a king. War was portrayed as good.

That is to say, there was a complete absence of liberalism.

Therefore we at the LA Slimes must conclude:

An absence of liberal values must mean the movie was conservative


18 posted on 02/28/2011 5:33:10 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: bert

“there was no foul language.”

Not quite.


19 posted on 02/28/2011 5:49:52 AM PST by Blind Eye Jones
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To: thecodont

Don’t be fooled by this temporary right turn. Unholywood has NO conservative values. It isn’t even about them caving to financial pressures; despite declining attendance for years, they’ve continued to spew out liberal garbage season after season. This is a fluke, a caesura in their never-ending paean to socialism. They’ve stolen a bushel and given back a peck.

Don’t trust them.


20 posted on 02/28/2011 5:58:47 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: thecodont

I didn’t watch the Oscars. I didn’t see this movie—from the commercials and what I read, it looked like a completely formulaic piece of garbage that was being heavily hyped in a PR blitz. Then I read Hitches’ article in Slate on how it whitewashed history so I don’t intend on watching it. Movies in 2010 were horrible—hopefully a sign that Hollywood is in decline. The fact that this nonsense is the “best” of the year is proof.


21 posted on 02/28/2011 6:00:31 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all Summer" -- Henry Clay)
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To: thecodont
I played several rounds of Battlefield 2 - blew up stuff and sent a lot of bad guys to the hot place!!!

Hollyweird can stick it.
22 posted on 02/28/2011 6:01:41 AM PST by The Louiswu (Government is made up of people, individuals who are largely ungoverned)
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To: thecodont; fortheDeclaration

I actually saw this movie, and I highly recommend it.

23 posted on 02/28/2011 6:24:39 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: nutmeg

Ping


24 posted on 02/28/2011 6:25:50 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Gee, I always thought “The Kings Speech” was Obama’s speech in Denver w/reverberation and columns etc.


25 posted on 02/28/2011 6:30:24 AM PST by Mr. Wright
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Gee, I always thought “The Kings Speech” was Obama’s speech in Denver w/reverberation and columns etc.


26 posted on 02/28/2011 6:30:36 AM PST by Mr. Wright
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

If you actually go to the movies like I do, 'The King's Speech' was a joy to watch. They don't make movies like this anymore. Plus, it's not a documentary. It's a movie.

27 posted on 02/28/2011 6:31:56 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Arizona Carolyn; freedumb2003; Lucius Cornelius Sulla; wardaddy; floriduh voter

Ping


28 posted on 02/28/2011 6:37:46 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: bert

“Therefore we at the LA Slimes must conclude:

An absence of liberal values must mean the movie was conservative”

Absolutely....some what cynical but true! LOL!


29 posted on 02/28/2011 6:45:37 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: catman67

Husband watched some of “Restropo” awhile back - good stuff - what came to mind was what would conditions be like now with openly “gay” soldiers added to the mix...something to think about...and I don’t believe for a minute it wouldn’t make a difference!


30 posted on 02/28/2011 7:33:21 AM PST by matginzac
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To: paulycy

“Not for a moment did I think of it as an example of conservative values.”

LeftyWood was not celebrating conservative values.

It was all about “Finding Your Voice” and
trying desperately to find one more minority to celebrate-
stutterererererererers.


31 posted on 02/28/2011 8:18:32 AM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Well then, I will definitely check it out.


32 posted on 02/28/2011 12:24:21 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
I watched the trailer and listened to the King's actual 1939 speech--then to that of Churchill.

Those were times we can't imagine.

I suggest the film stirred something--

33 posted on 02/28/2011 3:07:16 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: PhilDragoo

[There is a turning beneath the surface. ..a desire to turn and face the threat.]

There is indeed. A turning and a churning.
I always like your expressive words.


34 posted on 02/28/2011 6:31:31 PM PST by potlatch ( ~*coincidences usually aren't *~)
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To: thecodont
the awards were drearily free of controversy, outrage or anything remotely resembling lefty sanctimony.

I heard about two minutes of the Oscars last night. And what I heard was some leftwinger thanking his *union* production crew for their contribution to his film, obviously in response to the goings-on in Wisconsin. And then I read today that he gave a backstage sermonette to reporters about the wonderfulness of unions. So, yes, there was lefty sanctimony last night.

35 posted on 02/28/2011 6:45:43 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: PhilDragoo

Bravo! What a great post!

We are finally turning back to sanity. I’ve been worried for this country since Carter. But, just look at the turn we had with Reagan.

Every once in a while, we need a jolt to get us back on track.


36 posted on 02/28/2011 11:41:25 PM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: PhilDragoo
I watched the trailer and listened to the King's actual 1939 speech--then to that of Churchill. Those were times we can't imagine. I suggest the film stirred something--

You're right...

37 posted on 03/01/2011 4:20:48 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: thecodont

I have not yet seen it but plan to. I grew up with a stammering problem and was teased and made fun of from elementary school through college when my sister suggested that I seek out a speech therapist to correct the problem. Took about a year but I got the problem mostly corrected. It will be difficult/interesting to see him go through this on film.

The article portrays the relationship of the King to the speech therapist (commoner) as evidence of “conservative values” which seems ridiculous. If anything the rising above your personal challenges without “parading” them and “demanding” they be accepted by everyone and suing someone if they don’t accept them is more “conservative” than the relationship.


38 posted on 03/01/2011 4:46:06 AM PST by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: thecodont

Can it honestly be said that Hollywood would not suck up to any kind of theme that improves the box office numbers?

To call this some kind of “triumph of conservative values” is utter bullshit.


39 posted on 03/01/2011 4:58:05 AM PST by djf (Dems and liberals: Let's redefine "marriage". We already redefined "natural born citizen".)
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