- 1 hr 37 min
"The Queen" stars Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II. It is based on the events occurring after the death of Princess Diana in 1997. The film has received significant critical acclaim, especially Mirren's performance. It has also experienced significant box office success in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The Queen depicts Elizabeth II and her family. Her husband, Prince Phillip is played by James Cromwell. Michael Sheen portrays British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The royal family believes that a quiet, private ceremony is suitable for Diana, but Tony Blair disagrees. The general public sides with Blair, expressing overwhelming support for a major response to Diana's death. Diana's ex-husband, Charles, also puts pressure on the royal family to conduct a major public ceremony to honor his former wife. The queen is viewed as being cold and unemotional, and her popularity plummets. Queen Elizabeth is taken aback by this response, but is able to adjust to accommodate her people's feelings. By the end of the film, she has regained her popularity and stature. Helen Mirren's performance was showered with awards from critics. She won the Best Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards, as well as accolades from the British Academy of Film, the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, the Broadcast Film Critics, and the New York Film Critics, among others. Her performance was one of the most acclaimed of the past decade. The film as a whole received a very positive reception, including many awards and nominations. It was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Music at the Academy Awards. It was one of the most lauded films of 2006. "The Queen" is most likely to appeal to viewers who enjoy historical biographies, depictions of actual events, and highly acclaimed acting and writing.