Sabol: ‘Speech’ left me speechless

“A feel-good history lesson,” Steve Sabol said. “Its themes are courage, responsibility and the necessity to place duty over personal concerns.”

Sabol could have been describing the newest NFL Films production – perhaps even a feature about the Green Bay Packers’ march to Super Bowl XLV. In fact, the president of NFL Films was offering his review of “The King’s Speech.”

Sabol has always waxed poetic on the art of film-making and how it’s affected his work in creating NFL mythology, so we figured Sabol would be as good a voice as any to opine on this Sunday’s big game: the Academy Awards.

“The King’s Speech” is Sabol’s pick for Best Picture.

“The inspiring ending left me speechless,” Sabol said, noting that Colin Firth is his pick to take home the Oscar for Best Actor.

“An unlikely profile of a stutterer who becomes a hero,” Sabol said. “You wouldn’t think a movie about, well, talking could have such a suspenseful climax, but this does due to Firth’s performance.”

Sabol’s pick for Best Actress might be an upset of Super Bowl III proportions. He’s not guaranteeing victory, but clearly loved Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone.”

“It’s refreshing to see a young woman in a lead role as a true heroine who displays courage, resilience and pluck,” he said. “She gives a searing portrait of a teenager’s valiant struggle to save her family. She is as hard-boiled as a classic private eye and she consistently tangles with other tough women who stand in her way.”

We asked Sabol to offer his favorite movie of all time, but he wouldn’t bite.

“I’ve often been asked this question and several times I’ve given different answers because I was on the spot,” he said.

Sabol offered to answer the question if given more time, but we decided to let him off the hook. It would be choosing your favorite Super Bowl. Too many classics to pick just one.

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