In Praise of Austen: Emma Thompson’s Acceptance Speech

I’ve a video tape of Sense and Sensibility (1995) for a long time.  A few days ago I bought the DVD of the movie, and was pleasantly surprised to see the ‘Extra Features’ includes Emma Thompson’s acceptance speech at her Golden Globe win for Best Screenplay.

And for all these years I’ve missed this one!

That the Taiwanese director Ang Lee would take on such a project is evidence of the universal appeal of Austen’s work.  But it is Emma Thompson who stands out as the well-deserved winner of both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her writing of the adapted screenplay of Sense and Sensibility (1995).

Here’s Emma Thompson’s acceptance speech at the 1996 Golden Globes Awards ceremony.  It is an ingenious and imaginary rendition of what Jane Austen would have written about that night.  A speech of true Austenian style, a must-see for all Janeites and Emma Thompson fans.  Of course, those who own the DVD must have seen it numerous times, I’m just twelve years too late:

 

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Arti

If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

4 thoughts on “In Praise of Austen: Emma Thompson’s Acceptance Speech”

  1. It was a wonderful speech. I always like Emma Thompson, she is one great actress.

    Thanks for finding the clip Arti.

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