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.

16 comments:

Louis Morgan said...

I would probably give her a little lower, although you pointed out exactly what was good about this performance.

joe burns said...

Thanks!

Sage Slowdive said...

Bleh, she's just so uninteresting to me.

Fritz said...

I haven't seen her yet but she is very high on the list of my priorities becuase this just looks like my kind of movie and Emma is always golden!

joe burns said...

Sage: Her character is a bit basic, yes, but I thought she was great in it! But I know you thought the film was boring so.....

Fritz: I did like the film a lot and I'm looking forward to your thoughts on 93! It's possible for you right? I'm sure I can find links for you if you need them.

Fritz said...

Thanks a lot! I think I can do it, if not, I will ask you for help! At the moment things look good for me (I have the next year after 2007 finished and another one is also almost done).

joe burns said...

Oh, good! You already have the year finished? Do you mean you've watched all of them?

Fritz said...

Yes, that way I know that I can keep the blog going for the next weeks (once I run out of years to cover I will probably change to simple reviewing performances...)

joe burns said...

Do you think you'll run out of years? All the 2000's years are possible for you right? And I can find links for you if I really search for them. What films do you really want links to? And can you use Ebay in Europe? Because you can order a film offline for delivery and a lot of the "hard to find" movies are avaliable on there.

Fritz said...

:-)

Yes, we have Ebay in Europe!

Well, I don't think that it will happen soon. As you said, the 2000s and most of the 90s can be done and various other years. And most of the time I can find a movie.

The movies I am looking for most at the moment are The Blue Veil, White Banners, The Subject was Roses and Sweet Bird of Youth. Do you maybe a link to one of them?

joe burns said...

I couldn't find a link to Sweet Bird Of Youth, and I tried with The Blue Veil, but it was taken off Youtube and none of the links are solid because you might have to download it and stuff like that. And I couldn't find any secure links to The Subject Was Roses or White Banners. They're all dead ends! I'm really sorry. But the might be avaliable on Ebay!

Fritz said...

Well, it's not very urgent, there are enough others to see! But thanks a lot for your support!!!

Fritz said...

Joe, since you are a big fan of Wicked, here are two links to the greatest Elphaba in all her glory:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN_VH-RYwKo&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP1t1E9pN8k

joe burns said...

Thanks!

Fritz said...

What do you think of her?

joe burns said...

Her Defying Gravity was very good, although I couldn't really hear her.

But her No Good Deed was fantastic! Really hit the emotion of the song!