Siblings, both cruel and supportive, were big winners in the Oscar nominations this week.
Corrosive sibling cruelty by a princely older brother who mocks his younger brother’s disability, then forces him to be king, won a nomination as best picture in” The King’s Speech” along with 10 other Oscar nominations.
The Fighter about impoverished half brothers who rally against the brutality of boxing and dysfunctional family to support each other and find redemption, was nominated for best picture.
Both Oscar nominated sibling films are based on true stories about the plights and triumphs of reestablishing sibling bonds
Brothers and sisters sometimes suffer serious sibling rivalry along with becoming victims, like the future King George VI ( Bertie) and his villainous brother David, the abdicating Edward VIII .
Creedence Clearwater Revival spun into chaos when younger brother Tom Fogerty tried to dominate their music and older brother John Fogerty rebelled. Their group fell apart and disbanded. When Tom died of AIDS from a blood transfusion in 1990, the brothers had never reconciled.
So that sibling connection can also sound like chalk scraping on a blackboard. Mirrored in the relationship of the abdicating King Edward VII and the triumphant king to be King George the VI in the “The King’s Speech.
Find out what kind of sibling relationship you have and how you might take steps to repair it