Editing for Grammarphobes: Let's Hear It for the Writing Awards

Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER



What is your favorite thing about the Oscars?

The fashion? Gwyneth Paltrow’s shimmery dress was gorgeous. Helen Mirren always looks spectacular. Helena Bonham Carter’s black bustle was fun and totally her.

Rating the hosts? Anne Hathaway was good and looked beautiful in every dress she changed into. James Franco, not so much, especially in the Marilyn Monroe costume.

Cheering for your favorite to win? I was rooting on Colin Firth and “The King’s Speech.” Great actor. Great movie. I was glad to see him win after so many years of magnificent performances.

All of this is good fun, but my favorite time of the night is the Writing Awards, when I am known to yell “Whooo! Writers!” and sport a silly smile on my face.

Writing is such a God-awful, gut-wrenching profession, I love when one of us, no matter who it is, receives recognition. I am happy for Aaron Sorkin who won Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for “The Social Network.” 


However, for me, the story of the night is David Seidler, who won for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for “The King’s Speech.” 


Seidler in a London Times photo. 
David Seidler is 73 years old. He began researching this project in the 1970s. He had struggled with a profound stutter as a child and drew strength from Prince Albert’s overcoming his own impediment. 

A November 23, 2010 article on Jewish Journal.com states “Seidler said he became a writer in part because in writing he could communicate fluently beyond the spoken word.”

The story goes onto state Seidler made contact with Lionel Logue’s son, who had saved all of his father’s speech therapy notebooks and offered to show them to him with the condition that Prince Albert’s widow, the Queen Mother, agreed to the film.

She did not, saying those were too painful of memories, and asked Seidler to wait until after her death to finish the project. He ended up waiting twenty eight years, as the Queen Mum lived to a ripe old 101.

David Seidler is an inspiration to us all. Don’t give up. If you believe in a project, stay with it. Somehow it will come to fruition.

Thank you, Mr. Seidler, for your wonderful story of overcoming personal obstacles and perseverance. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor.

Go writers!

Comments

Oh, I so agree! He waited so long, respecting the QM's wishes - she lived to the age of 101. But I saw an interview with him, and he was so impressive, saying that waiting until it was the right time to make the film, with the right people, was the best thing he could have done.
llevinso said…
Oh I did not know all that backstory on The King's Speech. Thanks so much for sharing. It was a wonderful movie!
It is a great story. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.
Cat said…
Whoo hoo! I agree. Go Writers!

Lovely wee post. Thanks for sharing.
Jennifer O. said…
Great post. What an inspiration.

Found you on BookBlogs. Am a new follower:)
Wonderful! Welcome, Jennifer.

Thanks, Cat. Glad you stopped by.

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