Jolly Good Emma
The many faces of Emma Thompson – actress, writer, director, producer, activist, wit – are wrapped up inside a prize package of personality, prestige and perspicacity that turns 57 today. The two faces she displays as the co-star of two award-winning movies that have been transformed into cherished Twilight Time hi-def Blu-rays speak volumes about a tried-and-true talent that has enchanted audiences on TV and movie screens for three decades. Both The Remains of the Day (1993, from director James Ivory) and Sense and Sensibility (1995, from director Ang Lee) yielded Academy Award® nominations as Best Actress and an Adaptation Screenplay Oscar® for the latter and her countenance in each (below) presents exquisitely balanced portraits of enduring spirit in the face of romantic frustration. But she’s also a game comedienne, so since we covered yesterday’s birthday of actor-director Robert Carlyle, it’s fitting that we also celebrate by including a third shot of her fabulously funny portrayal of Carlyle’s mum in The Legend of Barney Thomson (2015). Her best face of all is that she’s a jolly good sport.