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Dec032018

Beauty vs Beast: Saoirse and Her Sisters

Jason from MNPP here with another round of "Beauty vs Beast" for you people. This weekend Mary Queen of Scots hits theaters and I'm sure you'll hear more about it here being, you know, a movie starring two impressive young actresses being impressive once again - one of those actresses, the one called Saoirse, well she's spent 11 straight years now impressing us, and today we're looking back at the place that started, i.e. with Joe Wright's Atonement. Saoirse should face down female relatives more often - her "cousin" Queen Elizabeth, her mother Laurie Metcalf, her sister Keira Knightley... it works out well for her.

 

PREVIOUSLY We tackled the parental figures of Moonlight last week (they could both use a good tackling, honestly) and y'all clearly thought the Oscars got it right, giving Mahershala Ali almost 70% of you vote. Said AlexD:

 

"Performance wise they're hand in hand for me. Both superb, both brilliantly adding depth and emotion to their characters. Ali shines all the dark and less flattering qualities of a character with whom we mostly sympathize on screen, while Harris humanizes a character with whom we don't (on screen)."

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Cecilia gets to wear one of the all-time great dresses, but Briony is played by Saoirse and Vanessa Redgrave, so she wins.

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Team Romola Garai and Team Vanessa. Those were the Briony's I liked best. Never warmed to Sairose Ronan till "Brooklyn".

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKen

So far, out of those 11 years, this is the only performance by Saoirse that impressed me

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMe34

Saorsie always impresses and so young,she finds just the right amount of childish meaness,Keira were's that dress and gets to say a now iconic line "Come Back To Me".

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Blanchett's nomination for The Golden Age still shocks/offends me. She's paid her debts with Blue Jasmine and Carol but what were voters thinking? Not just Academy voters but SAG and BAFTA voters.

Would've been a much stronger lineup with Knightley.

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

MY GOD THAT GREEN DRESS.

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPatagonia

Briony comes with her own typewriter-clacking score that still works on me better than the (admittedly great) green dress. The score is subtler and thus more insidious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InMP9mb3N_I

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJames from Ames

Cecilia for that emerald green dress alone.

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Echoing others here, but I can't say no to that green dress.

Also I thought Romola Garai gave the best performance in the whole movie I thought. Everyone was good, but I always wondered why she was never singled out or mentioned.

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTom G.

Briony, dear, you should have played with youself using any of your dolls instead of causing this whole mess, you jealous bitch! We all had the hots for McAvoy, but we behaved properly.

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

The Ronan/ Garai/ Redgrave set is a good example to use when arguing that there should be an Oscar for casting directors.

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Saoirse is amazing in this film, but I have to give Cecilia my vote. I don't hate Briony the way a lot of people do, but my heart aches for her elder sister. I also think Keira's performance is underrated.

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterthefilmjunkie

in fairness to briony, i'd do a lot worse if somebody got between me and the housekeeper's son

but i voted for cecilia cause, damn, that girl had some bad luck

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpar

Doing McAvoy against the bookshelf is the only choice.

December 3, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterchoog

Ugh, Briony. Ronan, Garai and Redgrave are all great, but there aren't many characters I've loathed more. Cecilia.

December 4, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

We know if James McAvoy was included in this poll he'd win in a runaway. God, what an amazing movie.

December 4, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Cecila aka Keira all the way. There is no way to watch this movie and not be heartbroken by "Come back to me". And that dress.

December 4, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

Keira in that green dress is kryptonite to me. I go weak. I'm helpless.

December 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHustler

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