Changing of the Guard
In a Best Picture field as wide open as 2006’s crop has proven itself to be, a film like Stephen Frears’s “The Queen” seems to have as much going for it as the next entry. It is an effort with appeal on a number of levels, one that could certainly be deemed a healthy “consensus” victor on Oscar night. Truly, who DOESN’T like this movie?
Presented with the idea that his film has as much of a chance as the rest of the lineup, Frears’s instinct is to keep such expectations muted in his periphery. “Don’t say that,” he told me in a telephone interview from London. “It’s bad for my heart!”
Regardless, of the nominated films, “The Queen” has positioned itself as the most critically acclaimed of the lot. Near universal appraise and approval has accompanied the effort since its October domestic release. And the awards season has followed suit; “The Queen” is second only to “Babel” in total nominations amongst the Best Picture nominees.