If you were ever afraid it was too late to see a dream come into fruition, allow me to re-introduce you to David Seidler. At 73-years-young, the screenwriter won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The King’s Speech (Personal fave! Colin Firth–woohoo!) last night. Incredible!
In the past, I’ve talked about personal story and how important it is for us to be aware that we’re constantly living one out as our own protagonist. That couldn’t be more true for Seidler, who once struggled with a profound stutter, no doubt helping him craft into perfection the script for the Best Picture winner. Because of his own painful struggle with his speech and the willingness to once again lean into it to write the little script that could, he has not only brought theatergoers one of the most heartfelt films in, well, a long time, but managed to bring home the big prize, too.
If that doesn’t give you (read: ME, too) a good swift kick in the pants to start tending to your dreams in spite of whatever it is you’re dealing with, then I don’t know what will.
Senior citizen my big toe. Seidler is a 73-years-strong cancer survivor and Oscar award winner who has written one of the most moving films I’ve seen in a long time. Age is just a number, folks. BRAVO!