Monday, June 21, 2010
Best Actress 1993: Emma Thompson in The Remains Of The Day
Emma Thomson received her third Oscar nomination for playing Sally Kenton in The Remains Of The Day. Sally goes to work at Darlington Hall and meets M.r Stevens (Anthony Hopkins) and they soon befriend each other, despite not getting along at first.
Emma Thomson always plays Sally right- Emma gives Sally her usual trademark warmth and personality, but it never feels like she's just giving the same performance she always plays. Emma shows that she is an honest woman, that she knows how hard life can be and how she does not want to be alone. Emma and Anthony Hopkins work great together- Both of them play each other off very well and show that the do have feelings, but can never express them fully. Thomson also perfectly shows Sally's internal conflict between (Spoiler alert!) marrying another man or staying at Darlington Hall. At the end when the two finally see each other again, Thomson is especially great, showing that she doesn't know that she made the right decision or that she is right now. But there a few moments when she falters, such as delivering her lines in an over done way and sometimes her character seems a little to predictable. But Emma Thomson surely delivered a great performance and left her own beautiful mark on the role of Sally.