Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)

Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)
Oh, to be in England...

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Oscars and Period Drama 2011

Period Drama of the Year 2011, The King's Speech
I will be thrilled if The King's Speech sweeps the Oscars. It is nominated for an incredible 12 Oscars, so the chances are good.  As I am writing this, the pre-Oscar show is playing in the background and I just saw Colin Firth arrive, probably wearing Tom Ford.  Helena Bonham Carter is wearing her usual dark round shades and a really cool black dress with sliced up puffed sleeves and a bustle (I love her!).  Who else would dare wear a late Victorian inspired dress designed by a costume designer?  No one but Helena of course. Here is a photo with her unusual garter!
Helena Bonham Carter Oscar Dress 2011- Patriotic and wacky at the same time!
Geoffrey Rush has shaved his head for a new role and so looks quite different from Lionel Logue at the moment.
Geoffrey Rush bald at the Oscars 2011 (and wearing straight top bifocals!) No Hollywood vanity here. How refreshing!
Colin Firth's wife is wearing a "green" dress which is detailed on her blog at She describes it as being recycled, repurposed, upcycled.  "Eleven dresses in one, vintage/thrift/charity shop buys all from the era of The King's Speech",  and here it is:
Livia and Colin Firth getting ready for the red carpet at the Oscars
And for a few more of Livia getting ready with a bit of help from her adoring husband.  Also check out the amazing jewels, all fair trade!
Livia Firth getting laced into her corset with a little help from her adoring husband

Gorgeous fair trade aquamarine earring on Livia Firth

I'd love that aquamarine ring, but I'm afraid I couldn't pull that one off!

Couldn't resist this one last photo from the film. Sooooooo cute!

Adoring looks abound for Colin Firth

And now for something completely different...

The other Period Drama which has been really overlooked is True Grit.  Although nominated for 10 Oscars, I think it hasn't gotten nearly the attention that was anticipated when it was released.  I quite enjoyed this one, although it wasn't in the same league as The King's Speech.  I truly enjoyed the performance of the young star Hailee Steinfeld.  She reminded me somewhat of Megan Follows in Anne of Green Gables.  Quite a joy to watch.  Although Jeff Bridges has been mocked a little for his rather difficult to understand diction in this film as Rooster Cogburn, he was obviously having a lot of fun and so did I watching him!

Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross

It's been years since I watched a western and this one was definitely worth seeing.  Perhaps a rental as opposed to one you might want to own.  The King's Speech, however, will be in my library as soon as it's available.

Well, the awards are starting, so off I go for now.  I'll update with the wins later!  Bye!!!!!

#1 Congrats to David Seidler for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
#2 Congrats to Tom Hooper for Best Achievement in Directing (Listen to your mother!)
#3 Congrats to Colin Firth for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
#4 Congrats to Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin for Best Motion Picture of the Year

Night, night!


  1. Dear Jenny:

    I thought of calling you last night when Colin Firth won for Best Actor, and made his lovely speech about the possibility of the joy he was feeling moving down to his legs and breaking out into spontaneous dancing! Wonder if it would have given Hugh Grant a run for his money (kept picturing Hugh's hip swaggling "Jump" dance number in "Love Actually"!). I would have given anything to see such dancing ... it would have livened up an otherwise fairly dull Oscar night! Although "The King's Speech" didn't completely clean up at the Academy Awards, four Oscars is a very respectable showing. Well done, all! (And I'm sure that the partying went on well into the wee hours ...).

    Big Sister

  2. Great post! I'm so happy The King's Speech took home 4 Oscars! Thanks for sharing the link about Livia's dress. I loved looking at the pictures, what an amazing idea!

  3. Hi Meredith,
    Glad you liked seeing Livia's blog about her "green carpet" dress. Lucky girl with a bod like that and Colin on her arm. I loved those aquamarine jewels!

    Hi Sis,
    Yes I thought you would be up until the end as was I. Although the awards were predictable, I thought the show was kind of cute. The Inception intro was funny and I think Anne Hathaway is refreshingly goofy. I have an appreciation for the goofy in this world, as you well know. And Rusell Brand and Helen Mirren were hysterical! I hope this isn't the peak of Colin Firth's career. Hugh Grant must be really pissed off right now!
    Can't wait for the fashion police tonight. I know they'll hate Helena's dress but I loved it.

  4. This is a very interesting site.




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