Tom Hooper wins director Oscar for "King's Speech"

Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:58pm EST
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British filmmaker Tom Hooper on Sunday, won the Academy Award for directing "The King's Speech," and he said it might not have happened without a little help from his mom.

Hooper said his mother, Meredith, went to see a play reading in 2007 about a speech therapist who helped the future King George VI of England overcome a crippling stammer.

When she got home, Hooper's mother, who is Australian as the speech therapist in the play was, told Hooper that she may have found his next film project. That play became "The King's Speech."

"With this tonight, I honor you, and the moral of the story is: Listen to your mother," Hooper said.

Hooper's victory was one of four wins for "The King's Speech," including the all-important best picture. It had been the frontrunner entering the night's festivities.

David Seidler won for his writing on the movie, and Colin Firth, who played the king, won for best actor.

Geoffrey Rush played the Australian speech therapist, and on stage Hooper jokingly paid tribute to both his leading men.

"Thank you to my wonderful actors, the triangle of man-love which is Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and me," Hooper said.   Continued...

<p>British director Tom Hooper accepts the Oscar for best director for his film "The King's Speech" during the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn</p>