Recently I was able to see the British actress Helen Mirren play the lonely role of Her Majesty in Stephen Frears’s extraordinary and understanding film ” The Queen”.
The outstanding performance deserves of course an Oscar, but then we all know that the American film Acadamy moves in many mysterious ways and maybe only the Queen herself can judge.
I came from a royalist family,and as a child spent many happy hours cutting pictures of ”Them” out of magazines, plastering the backs with flour and water paste and saving them in a scrapbook for eternity.
As a teenager it was more what they wore that interested me and later as a student the question as to whether we needed them. But the repect was always there- maybe a little faded with the years but despite the British media still there.
They were the same as you or I people told me. but were they?
For me the Queen wasn’t; She was, and still is a woman who has spent her whole adult life serving her people,against many odds, and sometimes probably against her own beliefs with enormous discipline and stamina, for the love of her country and her ancestors.
On her 21st Birthday she made a speech.
”I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service……….”
And it has been.
For many too conservative ,too much establishment, too much ‘stiff upper lip’. Making her seem a gallion figure of wood
that she wasn’t. It took Helen Mirren and Stephen Frears to show us the other side.
Who deserves the Oscar?