So Colin Firth has been nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award this year for The King’s Speech. Everyone is telling me it’s an amazing film and my design-type friends are raving about the gorgeous look of the film. They’re especially into the decadent-yet-shabby scenery and the wallpapered wall with the gilded settee. The wall almost looks like it’s collaged!
So have you seen it? Would you recommend it? Should we go see it this weekend?
You’ve gotta love Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen Mum!
On a side note, I’m told that the Queen Mum used to stay at the Genosha Hotel in downtown Oshawa way back when. I’m told it used to be the place and was on par with the Fairmont Royal York before it fell into disrepair. The hotel has had a bad rap my whole life and basically looked haunted but it’s now being redeveloped as part of the local university and as student housing.
Here are some old pictures that reflect what it would have been like in the Queen Mum’s day…