The King's SpeechAlthough much of the Toronto Film Festival chatter was dedicated to films like Darren Aronofsky's 'Black Swan' and Danny Boyle's '127 Hours,' 'The King's Speech' stole the coveted People's Choice Award and now has Oscar-watchers making their bets. So, what's up with this Weinstein drama, and why does everyone think it's a lock for a Best Picture nom?

Everyone loves an underdog, right? Well, Colin Firth, who was nominated last year for 'A Single Man,' stars as King George VI, a shy man with a stutter who was never expected to become the King of England. Bullied by his family and others around him, he suddenly finds himself in the spotlight after his brother, King Edward VIII, abdicates. It's more important than ever that he get over his speech impediment and fast -- not just that his duties as king obviously include speaking publicly but because Britain is on the verge of declaring war on Germany and he must rally the public for the cause.

After numerous therapists fail at helping him get over his stutter, his wife hires Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist who uses a combination of methods to help his patients. Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush, not only helps the new king overcome his speech impediment using techniques that go far beyond breathing exercises, but he becomes friends with the shy King and helps him gain the confidence he desperately needs.