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Supporting Ladies #13 – Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith or Kristin Scott Thomas in “Gosford Park”?

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  • Anonymous
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    #182234

    “LES MISÉRABLES” POLL RESULTS
    1. Anne Hathaway ‖ 71% 
    2. Samantha Barks ‖ 26%
    3. Amanda Seyfried â€– 3%

    SUPPORTING LADIES POLL SERIES
    Previous Results
    1# “Birdman” – Emma Stone (60%) vs. Naomi Watts (40%)
    2# “Gone Girl” – Carrie Coon (74%) vs. Kim Dickens (26%)
    3# “Into the Woods” – Anna Kendrick (37%) vs. Meryl Streep (63%)
    4# “Black Swan” – Barbara Hershey (56%) vs. Mila Kunis (44%)
    5# “Gone with the Wind” – Hattie McDaniel (71%) vs. Butterfly McQueen (29%)
    6# “The Help” – Jessica Chastain (43%) vs. Bryce Dallas Howard (19%) vs. Octavia Spencer (38%)
    7# “12 Years a Slave” – Lupita Nyong’o (55%) vs. Sarah Paulson (45%)
    8# “Mean Girls” – Lizzy Caplan (17%) vs. Rachel McAdams (83%)
    9# “Doubt” – Amy Adams (37%) vs. Viola Davis (63%)
    10# “The Fighter” – Amy Adams (67%) vs. Melissa Leo (33%)
    11# “Sideways” – Virginia Madsen (67%) vs. Sandra Oh (33%)
    12# “Les Misérables” – Samantha Barks (26%) vs. Anne Hathaway (71%) vs. Amanda Seyfried (3%)

    SUBMITTED IDEAS FOR THE POLL SERIES
    Miriam Margolyes & Winona Ryder in “The Age of Innocence”
    Celeste Holm & Thelma Ritter in “All About Eve”
    Kate Hudson & Frances McDormand in “Almost Famous”
    Thora Birch & Mena Suvari in “American Beauty”
    Cameron Diaz & Catherine Keener in “Being John Malkovich”
    Rose Bryne & Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
    Michelle Pfeiffer & Uma Thurman in “Dangerous Liaisons”
    Julie Harris & Jo Van Fleet in “East of Eden”
    Sally Field & Robin Wright in “Forrest Gump”
    Diane Keaton & Talia Shire in “The Godfather: Part II”
    Jessica Chastain & Mackenzie Foy in “Interstellar”
    Ellen Burstyn & Cloris Leachman in “The Last Picture Show”
    Jennifer Connelly & Emma Watson in “Noah”
    Regina King & Kerry Washington in “Ray” 
    Rosemarie DeWitt & Debra Winger in “Rachel Getting Married”
    Diane Cilento & Edith Evans & Joyce Redman in “Tom Jones”
    Jessica Lange & Teri Garr in “Tootsie”
    Marisa Tomei & Evan Rachel Wood in “The Wrestler”

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    Macbeth
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    #182236

    I have to say Maggie Smith. I thought she was great here, even though the character has now been rubbed dry on Downton Abbey. Mirren was also fantastic 

    Here are some suggestions:

    Mia Farrow vs. Judy Davis for Husbands and Wives 
    Katherine Waterston vs. Reese Witherspoon for Inherent Vice
    Samantha Morton vs. Catherine Keener vs. Emily Watson for Synecdoche, New York  
    Katharine Houghton vs. Beah Richards for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
       

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    Maggie Smith as well. Helen Mirren did absolutely nothing to me and I don’t even remember Scott Thomas’ part in “Gosford Park”.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    #182238

    Smith’s character was so good that it was made into a series. Thanks for doing my poll idea!

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    babypook
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    This one is tough. Maggie is at her droll best.  Thomas is at her gorgeous, sarcastic best, and Mirren is like an onion with her layers. Very hard to choose.

    I guess I’ll go with Smith. Her response to Balaban asking her if she’ll be seeing a movie (his) is pretty priceless.

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    marcelo
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    MY VOTE IS MAGGIE SMITH

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    nkb325
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    Helen Mirren, the only one in the movie that I figured was at least kind of oscar worthy. I loved Kristin Scott Thomas and hoped she would blow me away, but she unfortunately doesn’t really have much to do. To me Maggie Smith was just doing some shtick, she didn’t play anything other than the characters she always plays. I get that some people appreciate that, but it doesn’t do anything for me and I just credit the writing more than her performance. Mirren was good I guess, and she did have one good crying scene at the end so I guess that’s why i gave her a vote. Not a fan of this movie at all, and as a huge Agatha Christie fan I was very surprised and dissapointed when everyone was calling this a christie-esque story. Still pissed it won the screenplay oscar of all things over Memento.

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    Macbeth
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    To me Maggie Smith was just doing some shtick, she didn’t play anything other than the characters she always plays. .

    This is of course something we need to think about – but keep in mind that this was in 2001, and Downton Abbey and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel et al. were years away, so what Maggie did here was actually quite interesting for the time. Now, it is terribly predictable because of her DA character, but back then, it was pretty new  

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    [quote=”nkb325″]To me Maggie Smith was just doing some shtick, she didn’t play anything other than the characters she always plays. .

    This is of course something we need to think about – but keep in mind that this was in 2001, and Downton Abbey and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel et al. were years away, so what Maggie did here was actually quite interesting for the time. Now, it is terribly predictable because of her DA character, but back then, it was pretty new  [/quote]

    I don’t know much of “Downton Abbey” but I find nothing similar in her performance in movies such as “TBEMH” and “Gosford Park”. She’s playing an older lady, because she’s old. It’s not her fault. Does she has funny lines in both? Sure. Old ppl cannot be funny? Maggie Smith is not a “she played what she always plays” type of shitty actress.

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    After seeing this again recently it became obvious that Mirren was amazing and heartbreaking. I love Smith but maybe after seeing her do this character so much on Downton Abbey the charm has warn thin.

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    nkb325
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    I agree maggie smith is a great actress. And i know BEMH and downton abbey hadnt come out yet, but i dont think she was that awards worthy in those either, and if anything i feel like she did more in those two than she did in gosford park. I didnt really feel like she was given anything to do, her character didnt have much of an arc or depth, she basically just sat there and was funny. Its not her fault, she played the character she was given, but i frankly dont think it was a character that was at all difficult for her to play.

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    Maggie Smith’s performance almost begins and ends with her casting, and that’s meant as a compliment – it’s possible no other casting would have been appropriate. She predictably nails it, and even elicits empathy despite her snobbish character. But I think Helen Mirren surprises with a more unassuming role, which turns out to be both crucial and devastating. I’m a sucker for these types of sublte supporting performances that maintain a presence in the background only to later subvert the whole thing.

    Also I’d say Gosford Park has only a surface to Agatha Christie, and anyone watching it with those kind of expectations is bound to be disappointed. The screenplay goes far deeper than a simple murder mystery.

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    harposboy
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    #182247

    The correct answer is Kelly Macdonald

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    Madson Melo
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    #182248

    Mirren and Smith are both great, I pick Smith and LOL to thoses comments about Smith performance.

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    This one is tough. Maggie is at her droll best.  Thomas is at her gorgeous, sarcastic best, and Mirren is like an onion with her layers. Very hard to choose.

    I guess I’ll go with Smith. Her response to Balaban asking her if she’ll be seeing a movie (his) is pretty priceless.

    I love that scene!!!

    “None of us will see it” is the responce and she delivers it perfectly.

    Kelly MacDonald is pretty riveting in the final scene where she confronts Helen Mirren.  

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