Victoria and Abdul is a very beautiful story about the unlikely friendship between the Queen of England and a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Over her very long and incredible career Dame Judi Dench has been nominated for seven Oscars and won just once for her supporting role in 1998’s Shakespeare in Love. I think it’s about time she got her 2nd one for Victoria and Abdul, or at the very least move up to 6 consecutive nominations without a single win. Next year in February at the Oscars I’m fairly certain we’ll hear the name of this movie uttered more than a few times.
Victoria and Abdul was directed by two time Oscar nominee Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena, Florence Foster Jenkins) while the screenplay was written by one time Oscar nominee Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, War Horse), based on the book of the same name by Shrabani Basu. Starring in the biographical drama are Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams and many others.
Victoria and Abdul opens September 15th in the UK and September 22nd in the US. Maybe a bit early for the awards season, maybe not. If the movie is really good I wouldn’t put it past Focus Feature to push this to a later date, October or November.