What is the Royal appeal?
Do the Oscar nominations for the King's Speech point towards a truth about how the Americans see themselves in relation to the British? Take Shakespeare in Love for instance - the story of a lowly playwright capturing the heart of a noble woman, or Mrs Brown - where Queen Victoria develops a very close relationship with her servant, or The Queen - where Her Majesty is counselled by Tony Blair.
All were Oscar nominees (with some going on to be winners), all are stories where the commoner gains parity with a Royal or aristocratic personage. Here's Dame Judi Dench and Nick James, the editor of Sight & Sound, on the subject.