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Listen To Your Mother

Posted on: February 28, 2011

That was heard Sunday night a few times as Academy Award winners picked up their Oscars and gave acceptance speeches. It was an extraordinary night for people who stutter. We now have a dignified face put on that which we often hide out of fear and shame.

The King’s Speech won for Best Actor (Firth), Best Director (Hooper), Best Screen Play/Writer (Seidler) and Best Picture. Sweet!

Stuttering is hard to talk about, but has been made easier these past few months and will surely continue in light of this triumph!

My own mother, who doesn’t often say anything about my stuttering, or what I have done with being open about it, did so tonight. Using social media, she posted this on facebook  just a few minutes after The King’s Speech won Best Picture.

“Very good night that you really deserve and I know people (including me) appreciate how much you have done to break down walls and shatter secrets and shine a light in some dark corners.”

That was more important to me than anything else I heard the Hollywood people say. Thanks Mom! That touched me!

And below is David Seidler accepting his academy award and thanking people who stutter all over the world.

2 Responses to "Listen To Your Mother"

I had a very similar experience: my mother told me to go and see the movie. She never discusses my speech either.

Pam, I talked with my clown teacher and he has been in the show business all his life (he is 70) an he says that it is so brutal there now that it is extraordinary that David Seidler received such recognition in such an old age. He said that even if you are a greatest director or writer, those young executives just do not want you. So D. Seidler achieved impossible – he wrote a screenplay about a stuttering KIng, which as it turns out touched so many people and he earned the highest award despite his age. And he is right, his movie did an incredible job by giving people who stutter a dignified voice.

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