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The King's Speech

January 26, 2011 by admin

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…


  1. Irene Szabo says:

    I am looking forward to seeing it this weekend. :)

  2. Samantha says:

    Yes, you absolutely should see it. It is fantastic. Also, there is an unexpected cameo appearance from Colin’s old flame in the Pride and Prejudice series, Jennifer Ehle. Definitely worth the $10.50 ticket. Colin should win the Oscar. It is high time his work was acknowledged formally.

  3. Carol says:

    This movie is a must-see!! A wonderful performance by Colin and Geoffrey Rush – a unique friendship which grew to be so respectful.
    And as for the decor – the Logues’ home went from shabby to shabby chic!! The colours you have captured in the photos above.
    Get some popcorn and Miss Sara and view what I hope will be the picture of the year!!

  4. lisaroy says:

    I have heard so many great things about this movie – it’s now on my must-see list! That’s so interesting about the Hotel Genosha! :)

  5. Lisa says:

    What a fabulous movie, you definitely need to see it! I loved the set and the costumes and I found it very moving. Not that you need any more convincing. :)
    PS. I’m a huge fan of your work and I’m loving your blog!

  6. I fell in love… with a wall.

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