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Apr152019

Beauty vs Beast: Emma Times Two

Jason Adams of MNPP here with a brand new edition of our weekly "Beauty vs Beast" poll -- it is the 60th birthday of the great Emma Thompson today! And age thankfully hasn't slowed her down a bit -- she's got several projects in the works (I'm pretty excited about her upcoming series called Years and Years with Queer as Folk UK and Dr Who writer Russell T Davies) not to mention I just had a, "Wait, who is that talking...?" moment two days ago when she turned up as the voice of a queenly ape-person in Laika's Missing Link. But for her birthday let's look back at her two great great great Merchant Ivory roles of the early 90s, because who could I put against Dame Emma Thompson for a true contest other than but Dame Emma Thompson herself.

 

PREVIOUSLY It's not easy to beat down Divine but Kathleen Turner managed to do just that with last week's John Waters poll -- the Serial Mom herself, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary this weekend, took a full 75% of your vote. Said ?:

"Beverly/Kathleen Turner all the way. Personally I would have given her all the awards for "War of the Roses", but "Serial Mom" was a fun outing for this gifted actress. At least at TFE she is remembered and revered appropriately."

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Miss Kenton is a bit of a fag hag, isn't she?

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

This is the hardest "Beauty vs Beast" poll ever.

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMax

How dare you make me choose!

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

About time she was made a Dame.

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

She is awesome!

Some readers may appreciate this

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/apr/14/emma-thompson-attacks-hollywood-lack-of-respect-for-writers

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Wow. Impossible. Both great movies and great performances. I picked Miss Kenton for her warmth.
But also, if either of these had been up against her Sense and Sensibility performance, no contest. One of my favorite screen performances ever.

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterchasm301

I agree about her Sense and Sensibility performance - it is fantastic - but voted for Margaret Schlegel here, because the character is such a great match for Thompson's intelligence, pragmatism and affection.

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I was afraid this was going to be tough and I'd have to make the near impossible choice between Margaret Schlegel and Elinor Dashwood.

But it turned out to be much simpler since I hated The Remains of the Day so very much, I know that's not the popular opinion and I was massively disappointed myself. I love everything there is about Howards End so Margaret Sclegel it is.

April 15, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

@peggy stevens is so totally closeted!

April 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKazuo

I love Howards End, but The Remains of the Day is one of the best movies I've ever seen. That's my tie-breaker.

April 16, 2019 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

1993 Emma had the best film year any actor has ever had, right?

I mean you can make a really strong case for three nominations. Are there other cases of this? I can't think of one.

April 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJF

"Remains of the Day" is the better film imo, but her performance in "Howards End" sticks with me a little more.

April 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Mason

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