We’ll admit it. This poll is cruel. Asking “Beauty and the Beast” fans to name whose rendition of the classic title song is better — Angela Lansbury‘s 1991 version or Emma Thompson‘s 2017 tune — is like asking Josh Gad‘s Lefou to pick his favorite Golden Girl. But nevertheless, we invite you to vote in our “Beauty and the Beast” showdown poll below and then sound off in the comments section defending your choice.
Lansbury’s iconic 1991 rendition of the love ballad sung by teapot Mrs. Potts prevailed at the Oscars and the Golden Globes for Best Song for musician Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman. The Broadway legend sang a portion of the song on the 1992 Academy Awards telecast before Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson came out to finish the performance (watch above).
Thompson took over the role of Mrs. Potts in the 2017 remake and belted out the popular ballad during the film’s waltz sequence (listen below). The song won’t be eligible for the 2018 Oscars as it’s no longer an original tune, but there are three new songs that could contend for awards consideration: “Evermore,” “How Does A Moment Last Forever” and “Days in the Sun.”
The “Beauty and the Beast” live-action remake is a bonafide blockbuster, breaking past the $770 million mark worldwide on Thursday over the course of only two weeks. That impressive total puts this 2017 version far ahead of the 1991 animated Disney classic, which made $425 million in all, or about $725 million when you account for inflation.
Oscar champ Bill Condon (“Gods and Monsters”) directs the current version that stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. While the box office is to be commended, the critics’ reviews haven’t been nearly as successful, with a score of 74 at Rotten Tomatoes and 64 at MetaCritic. Vote in our “Beauty and the Beast” song poll now.