It’s been a month of highs and lows for The King’s Speech. The film has swept the four most important pre-Oscar prizes (Producers Guild, Directors Guild, SAG Awards, and BAFTA) and seems on track to win the Oscar for Best Picture as well. But at the same time, its front-runner status has made the film vulnerable to attacks: It takes historical liberties, it’s too obviously awards bait, giving it Best Picture would be the biggest Oscar crime since Crash, etc.

When I sat down with Speech costar Geoffrey Rush and director Tom Hooper recently, I asked them about all the criticism the movie has attracted. Watch their responses in Part 1 of our interview.

Check back for more with the duo in the coming days. And follow me on Twitter (@davekarger) for Oscar updates between now and the big night. You can also try to top my predictions at our Battle of the Ballots Oscar prediction game.