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    Which reviews singled out Smith? I couldn’t find yet but I’m hopeful she’ll get the due

    Here’s what I’ve collated so far (will update as more come in). Not flat-out raves but clearly universal positivity towards her.

    The Wrap: “The cast slips back into character easily, but no single person is given all that much to do, save for Smith, whose snooty quips always steal scenes”

    New York Post: “Maggie Smith, always fab”

    The Hollywood Reporter: “The homestretch gives Dame Maggie in particular a chance to pull some of her most beloved haughty expressions of indignation and bemusement, making this a swan song farewell for a character who probably won’t be back for the next visit to the DAU. Although, you never know — she might grace us with her presence once more, to dispense tart one-liners dripping with disdain, adding the much-needed acidity that balances the fruity and tannic notes that make any good, claret-y glass of Downton like this go down well.”

    This is Film: “a delightfully acidic Maggie Smith”

    The Film Pie: “The cast is superb and it’s no surprise to see 84-year-old Maggie Smith as the standout in a role that won her three Emmy Awards”

    News.com.au: “Maggie Smith can do no wrong”

    Refinery29: “The acting is as solid as you remember, but Dockery and Smith stand out, especially in one tearful scene they share with each other”

    Daily Mail: “As ever, much of it comes from Dame Maggie’s mouth, spat out past the plums. All Downton fans know she is at her most comical when she is in high dudgeon, and in this film her dudgeon could hardly be higher.”

    Empire: “Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess continues to shower us in delightfully acerbic snark”

    Daily Mirror: “As well as being given plenty of her famously withering putdowns, Smith also delivers an emotional speech which won’t leave a dry eye in the house, and screenwriter Julian Fellowes clearly delights in writing for her”

    Screen Daily: “Maggie Smith crisply doling out extravagantly spiteful one-liners while wearing a hat the size of the Home Counties.”

    ITV News: “And Dame Maggie Smith, as the Dowager Duchess, will do very well in awards season.”

    i: “Maggie Smith grows ever more imperious with age. She delivers her lines here with a haughtiness worthy of Edith Evans in The Importance of Being Earnest. Her timing is impeccable. Her scenes with Penelope Wilton’s Baroness Merton, in which they gossip and scold each other like a pair of upper-class fish wives, provide comic relief”

    Radio Times: “Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, played so memorably by Dame Maggie Smith. Most of her quips are predictable, but a few are laugh-out-loud funny – and there are even some unexpected emotional moments.”

    Irish Times: “And then there is Maggie Smith. An unkind observer might argue that she is here to demonstrate she really can deliver these upper-class zingers in her sleep. But the familiarity does little to dull the appeal. “Will you have enough clichés to get you through the visit?” Violet asks. She renders even the critics redundant.”

    Time Out: “Smith steals every scene she’s in, trowelling each line with ironic disdain”

    Digital Spy: “As do the quips of everyone’s favourite – Violet, Dowager Countess (Dame Maggie Smith) – which are packed into the script and delivered with perfect comic timing by the legendary actor. If there’s one thing that will make fans really, really miss the series airing in the autumn of every year, it’s the reminder of what a brilliantly entertaining character Violet is. She certainly doesn’t disappoint in the movie, making us laugh and cry at various points.”

    The Times: “Smith, flawless as usual, is the film’s soul.”

    The AV Club: “As she did on the series, Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess steals the show with an endless stream of pithy one-liners, and some appreciable emotional pathos, too.”

    Sydney Herald: “there’s a brief but pivotal scene towards the end when Smith effortlessly elevates the tone and enriches the mood by showing what a great actor can do with just a few words.”

    Comic Buzz: “The main stand out character though is of course the Dowager Countess of Grantham (Dame Maggie Smith) who with her sarcasm and wit brings a lot of laughter to the movie. On the other end of the spectrum too, by the end, she will almost reduce you to tears. She’s an incredibly talented actress.”

    Financial Review: “No one was more compelling than Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess”

    The Playlist: “As played by Maggie Smith, the Countess who stole the show steals the movie.”

    Newsday: “As always, Maggie Smith remains the heart and soul of this bygone world. As Violet Crawley, a matriarch as ruthless and pragmatic as any head of state, and driven by much the same sense of duty to something larger than herself, Smith gets all the choicest lines — or maybe her impeccable delivery just makes them sound that way”

    Blu-ray: “Predictably, Smith runs away with the feature as the easily irritated Dowager, but there’s more to the performance than sniper-like precision with comebacks, bringing unexpected emotionality to the character as Violet prepares for a new direction in her life”

    Independent.IE: “Maggie Smith, imperious star of the Downton troupe” “Maggie Smith’s comic timing is superb, and she knocks every joke that’s pitched up to her out of the park”

    Stylist: “Smith is, of course, on top form as a sharp-tongued and quick-witted Violet Crawley”

    Stuff: “Smith once again delivers the comedic highlights. Her battle with fellow Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix alumni Staunton is compelling viewing, while the Dowager’s expected machiavellian moves and acerbic asides are present and correct. Don’t be surprised to Smith her nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actress.”

    Next Best Picture: “Maggie Smith as Violet gets to deliver her normal quippy lines, which drew lots of laughs from my audience but also has a tender moment with Michelle Dockery as her granddaughter Mary towards the end of the film. The film gives a subtle reminder that the 84-year-old dame is not in fact immortal and might help her earn some nominations this awards season.”

    Radio Times: “Then there’s the indomitable Maggie Smith, the quintessential grand dame of Downton, whose Countess of Grantham steals every scene with her distinct snobbery, disdainful detachment and brittle comments that cut straight to the quick. Her prickly relationship with Baroness Isobel (Penelope Wilton) remains a one-liner delight and there won’t be a dry eye in the house come the spectacular ballroom finale. Memo to Smith: get those awards acceptance speeches ready.”

    Seattle Times: “the great Maggie Smith, in fine form”

    Featuring Film: “While a priceless Maggie Smith as the beloved, curmudgeonly Dowager Countess of Grantham, an unwavering figure with acerbic wit from the series’ beginning, provides the foundation.”

    Caution Spoilers: “Maggie Smith, need I tell you how fantastic she is?”

    Mail on Sunday: “an early indication that the wonderful Maggie Smith will steal the film every bit as effectively as she normally does each television episode.” “and a fabulous final scene shared by the excellent Smith – reminding us she can do touching every bit as well as she can the put-downs – and the easily under-estimated Dockery.”

    Showbiz Junkies: “Dame Maggie Smith deserves another Oscar nomination for her performance and delivery of Julian Fellowes’ delicious lines of dialogue. Smith’s outstanding, as usual, but in the Downton Abbey film she’s in her element, elevating every scene.”

    IGN: “Upstairs, Maggie Smith’s portrayal of Violet Crawley once again steals the show — or movie in this case. The two-time Oscar winner is the Tyrion Lannister of Downton, as Fellowes has always given her all the best lines. She’s just as sassy and clever as she was in the show, but also a bit more vulnerable this time around, especially when she’s confiding in her granddaughter, Mary, about the future stability of Downton Abbey. Don’t be surprised if you see Smith’s name up for a nomination or two this awards season.”

    ABC News: “As in the series, the Dowager is always a standout and at 84, Maggie Smith is as fierce and fiery as ever in bringing her to life”

    LA Times: “as everyone’s favorite dowager countess, the irreplaceable Maggie Smith.” “Actress Smith, who dominated every scene she was in in the series, well and truly steals things here as well”

    Rolling Stone: “the Dowager Countess played ever-so-deliciously by Dame Maggie Smith, she is not one to be ruffled”

    Salt Lake Tribune: “played by Maggie Smith, who makes me regret not watching this show before” “Dame Maggie is a delight, particularly in her acerbic exchanges with Isobel (Penelope Wilton) — and her final scene with Dockery is one for the age” “Dame Maggie alone is worth the price of admission”

    The New York Times: “The indispensable Maggie Smith”

    The Globe and Mail: “Smith’s timing with lobbing zingers is as thrilling as a Wimbledon final”

    Kermode and Mayo: “Maggie Smith is terrific”

    Splash Report: “A delightful Maggie Smith”

    The Austin Chronicle: “Yes, the 84-year-old Maggie Smith is back as the Crawley materfamilias, and as ever she’s the MVP.”

    Toronto Star: “Thank goodness Maggie Smith said yes. The legendary actor was a holdout until late into the casting of the movie version of the beloved Downton Abbey TV series, but the film wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun without her. As Violet Crawley, the feisty dowager countess of Grantham, Smith continues to get all the best lines and figures in a plot twist that gives the movie some emotional heft.”

    National Review: “Maggie Smith has been earning Oscar nominations since 1965 and has gotten one in every decade since, except this one. Were she to be honored yet again, it would be most suitable.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune: “And, as always, Smith is the tart-tongued MVP who, if she can’t say something nice about somebody, comes right out and says something vicious.”

    OneGuysOpinion: “No one else in the cast comes close to matching Smith—if this is her swan song in the role, it’s a fine sendoff”

    GQ: “the performances, as ever, remain superb (Dame Maggie Smith shines the brightest)”

    MovieMom: “the acid-tongued Dowager Duchess exquisitely played by Dame Maggie Smith.”

    Tell-Tale TV: “Dame Maggie Smith is a legend and what she does with the Dowager is nothing short of magnificence. Glib gibes and heartfelt proclamations are delivered with equal aplomb. She can bring a tear to your eye out of laughter just as easily as she can from her subtle display of emotion.”

    Mulling Movies: “If turning the show into a movie garners Smith an Oscar for the same role she won an Emmy for–twice!–then it will have been worth it.”

    Deadline: “Of course it wouldn’t be Downton without Maggie Smith, and her Violet is better than ever”

    For Your GoldDerby Decade Awards Consideration:

    Glee and Downton Abbey in all eligible categories including Series and Ensemble.

    Claire Foy and Lisa Kudrow in Drama and Comedy Actress respectively.

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    Vicki Leekx
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    My only concern with Smith is, while her role in Downton  seems universally adored, she was last nominated for a similar role in Gosford Park. Will they be as passionate for a role which isn’t exactly hard work for her?

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    forwardswill
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    My only concern with Smith is, while her role in Downton seems universally adored, she was last nominated for a similar role in Gosford Park. Will they be as passionate for a role which isn’t exactly hard work for her?

    Oh she’s definitely not getting Oscar nominated. Personally, I’m just hoping for SAG and/or BAFTA so that she continues her streak with this performance.

    (Also, she’s one of the greatest actors on earth – is any role hard work for her?)

    For Your GoldDerby Decade Awards Consideration:

    Glee and Downton Abbey in all eligible categories including Series and Ensemble.

    Claire Foy and Lisa Kudrow in Drama and Comedy Actress respectively.

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    And here’s Smith’s narrative if she needed one

    For Your GoldDerby Decade Awards Consideration:

    Glee and Downton Abbey in all eligible categories including Series and Ensemble.

    Claire Foy and Lisa Kudrow in Drama and Comedy Actress respectively.

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    Brilliant, superb, so well directed, written and especially acted! Best Ensembel SAG award nomination better happen! Every single performance is superb! My personal favorites: Robert James-Collier as Thomas Barrow – his gay storyline was the best subplot in the movie and had the most harrowing scene – yet also the most elated scenes too!; Maggie Smith – for her final scene in the movie with Michelle Dockery (who I would also cite, esp. for that scene); Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Penelope Wilton, Lesley Nichol, Sophie McShera, Allen Leach (he has the largest role of anyone as Thomas Branson – I suspect the most screen time), Jim Carter, Kevin Doyle (he has the single funniest scene in the movie).. it was great to see Geraldine James again. The film moved along at a brisk pace, and every scene was beautifully produced. Just terrific! A+!

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    forwardswill
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    This serves as an even better finale than the series provided. Smith is total riot and better than she has ever been able to be in the role. I have little doubt that if this film were standalone, she’d win the Oscar in a heartbeat.

    The film isn’t flawless I should say but that’s almost entirely due to the three years time difference as the only problems come from Fellowes clearly trying to service a couple too many characters. Otherwise though, it’s basically as good as any episode of the show.

    The most significant asset (other than Smith) is as ever the strength of the ensemble as a whole. Michelle Dockery is effortless on screen and just transfixes whenever she’s on screen. She probably won’t crack my Actress top five but she’d easily get a Globe nom if I decided. Also exceptional are Imelda Staunton (I wish she had been in the series), Penelope Wilton and Joanne Froggatt, who brought the kind of beautiful simplicity that reminded why she’s a Golden Globe winner for this. Jim Carter, Phyllis Logan, Robert James-Collier held their roles with ease whilst Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera and Kevin Doyle were perfect comic relief. A SAG nom would be throughly deserved.

    If we’re talking storylines, Smith’s arc is of course the best as her battle against Staunton alongside Wilton is delightful before she and Dockery give us one of the best scenes you’ll see on film this year towards the end. Otherwise, it’s generally the servants where the most fun is as their battle against the royal butler et al. naturally brews frantic excitement and Thomas’ own personal storyline has nice touches of sincere romance. Where Fellowes misteps sadly is almost entirely with Allen Leech as he and Tuppence Middleton are given no time to establish any kind of chemistry and his other plot is saved by Dockery’s involvement adding a touch of grounding. Generally speaking though, I loved how the film seemed to be about the royals from the trailer but was almost not at all with this just serving as a catalyst to some great antics. What Fellowes did best, however, was realising that Lord and Lady Grantham are boring

    In terms of specific craft, the direction was a tad overbaked at times. Again this was particularly during Leech’s scenes where everything felt quite forced at times. The set pieces however are beautifully integrated and Engler does a fine job of maintaining recognisable character interactions without dwelling for longer than is needed. Separately, the film should undoubtedly be getting Oscar noms for Production Design, Costume Design and Original Score as each of these took the higher budget and made it thoroughly worthwhile.

    All in all this was a majestic return that made this fan very happy.

    For Your GoldDerby Decade Awards Consideration:

    Glee and Downton Abbey in all eligible categories including Series and Ensemble.

    Claire Foy and Lisa Kudrow in Drama and Comedy Actress respectively.

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    Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of GoldDerby
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    Darlings, once again Dockery outacted Smith.

    I was your Prime Minister once.

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    This was a nice movie, very pleasant sendoff with fun character moments. While any hopes of this being an Oscars contender were delusional and are delusional, this is a good movie that reminded me why I liked Downton Abbey. Just because a film isn’t an Oscars contender doesn’t mean it isn’t good, and vice versa.

    For Your Consideration:

    Best Picture: Weathering With You, Parasite, The Lighthouse
    Best Actor: Robert Pattison - The Lighthouse
    Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe - The Lighthouse
    Best Animated Feature: Weathering With You, Promare
    Best International Film: Weathering With You, Parasite
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    Do my forum games!

    https://www.goldderby.com/forum/games-lets-play-games/72nd-oscars-runner-up-5-elimination-

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I hope the naysayers are wrong and Downton Abbey gets a ton of Oscar nominations. Personally I would nominate it for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Robert James-Collier), Best Supporting Actress (Dame Maggie Smith), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score. I give the film a grade of A+. It’s a way better film than the wildly uneven Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I haven’t seen most of the early frontrunners yet, so who knows for certain at this point? It will all clear up in December. But for now this is my favorite film of the year and the best!

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    If not the Oscars, I hope it gets recognized somehow. Maybe BAFTA. Maybe SAG. something.

    I just love movies. And awards.

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    If not the Oscars, I hope it gets recognized somehow. Maybe BAFTA. Maybe SAG. something.

    I think this will do really well in the box office and could get in some below the line categories. I even think Smith could get in considering supporting actress is somewhat weak at the moment.

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    The campaign begins

    For Your GoldDerby Decade Awards Consideration:

    Glee and Downton Abbey in all eligible categories including Series and Ensemble.

    Claire Foy and Lisa Kudrow in Drama and Comedy Actress respectively.

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    Dan Jo
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    I hope the naysayers are wrong and Downton Abbey gets a ton of Oscar nominations. Personally I would nominate it for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Robert James-Collier), Best Supporting Actress (Dame Maggie Smith), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score. I give the film a grade of A+. It’s a way better film than the wildly uneven Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I haven’t seen most of the early frontrunners yet, so who knows for certain at this point? It will all clear up in December. But for now this is my favorite film of the year and the best!

    I doubt the score is eligible though cause it’s adapted. If there is Best Supporting Actor possibly get recognize that will be Allen Leech. I love Downton Abbey film but I’m not hoping for its Oscar chances considering some of the cast are Academy members. I’m happy enough for the box office results.

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    Dan Jo
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    This was a nice movie, very pleasant sendoff with fun character moments. While any hopes of this being an Oscars contender were delusional and are delusional, this is a good movie that reminded me why I liked Downton Abbey. Just because a film isn’t an Oscars contender doesn’t mean it isn’t good, and vice versa.

    I agree. If the Academy will give them a nominations that would be a bonus but box office results is paramount.

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    I think Allen Leech, Robert James-Collier & Maggie Smith all deserve Oscar nominations. Michelle Dockery too whilst I’m at it.

    I just wish a lot of the other actors had more to do though – personally I’d love another series rather than a film because a hell of lot more can be covered in about 9 hours than a 2 hours film.

    Frankly, the film could have gone on another two hours for me because as it was it flew by too quickly at two hours – I could have remained to watch more for hours and hours. Like the entire series not a minute is wasted.

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