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“A sublime victory lap”

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“My father always said to me, I would be a late bloomer,” David Seidler ’59 told more than a billion viewers when he won the Oscar for best original screenplay of “The King’s Speech” Feb. 27. “I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that record is broken quickly and often.”

The 73-year-old Seidler — a former stutterer raised in England, who wrote mostly for TV after leaving Cornell — continued, “I accept this on behalf of all the stutterers in the world — we have a voice, we have been heard.” In his screenplay, Seidler reproduced many of the therapeutic techniques used on him to overcome his own speech defect.

Two other Cornellians walked away with Oscar gold: Ryan Silbert ’02, for producing “God of Love,” the Best Live Action Short Film; and Chris Allen ’94 won a technical achievement Oscar for helping to develop software for movie making.

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