Emma Thompson in Maria Grachvogel at the 2014 BAFTA Awards

Posted on February 17, 2014

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Emma Thompson attends the 2014 BAFTA Awards at The Royal Opera House in London in a Maria Grachvogel coat and dress.

She so crazy, we can’t even hate when she gets it wrong. That coat is insane on a Cruella De Vil level, which makes it not chic, exactly, but definitely something we support in theory. We ay “in theory” because it … well… it doesn’t look expensive in photographs. The collar looks like a bathmat. As for the dress, it would be gorgeous if it wasn’t so tight on her.

But look at how happy she is! Look at how much fun she’s having! We want to hang out. We want to Be Her. As long as this isn’t one of those Love Actually moments where her smile is hiding a secret pain and heartache, we just can’t hate the look. We just wish it fit her better and looked a little more well-made.



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  • Glam Dixie

    She kind of has this look to her like maybe she’s out on a day pass. The way she looks in it makes the look, if that makes any sense. She is loving it and having a blast so I can’t hate either. The top half of the dress is actually very flattering to her shape, the bottom, not as much. Maybe she just needed some shapewear but I hate that stuff so I can’t blame her for free balling it so to speak.

  • marlie

    Definitely want to “Be her.” I love this woman! The coat doesn’t read very “luxe” in photographs, but I love that she wore it nonetheless. And if her dress weren’t pulling so much across the hips, I’d call this a personal best.

  • VicD

    Aw, what’s not to love? She is rocking it.

  • ms_kat

    The coat looks so cheap it reads costume. I’d love the dress two sizes up.

  • CeeRich

    Shapewear would have helped this so much.

    • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

      Found myself thinking, Girl, did you not set out the Spanx? But she looks like she just got off a plane from somewhere and maybe dressed in one of those lovely but cramped first class cabins on an Emirates flight and her assistant (who packed her necessities) forgot the Spanx. Or, Miss Lady just didn’t want to wear the damn things. She looks great, and like she’s having a great time.

      • Alanna

        If she insisted upon taking off her shoes while onstage at one of the awards shows last month, then I’ll bet she has no interest whatsoever in Spanx. And that’s one of many reasons I love her.

        BTW, is that her husband in the second photo? I remember hating him for some stupid reason around the time of Sense and Sensibility (maybe I just hated his characters in some previous Brit dramas I’d seen.) But they’ve been together for so long, and he seems to make her so happy. So I guess I adore him now!

        • No – there are pictures of him around though and he looks very, very good.

          • Anne

            He was also in the Cranford miniseries and I was like…damn, Mr. Willoughby!

        • Anne McClain

          He played Willoughby! That is why you have visceral hate for him!

          • julnyes


            I had no idea! I get all my celebrity gossip from TLo and scanning the covers of magazines on the check out line (so I know very little and what I do kinda know is pure hyperbole)

  • Tracy_Flick

    I wouldn’t say bathmat, so much as fake lambskin you buy for a crib. But I agree, I can’t hate her when I just want to go get drinks with her. Also I love the neckline of that dress.

  • Judy_S

    No dalmatians were killed in the making of this look. I definitely vote for “Be her” or, second best, sit next to her.

  • muelonil

    Yes! She looks so happy and fun that I don’t even care about the misses. If she is even sort of singing Joni Mitchell in her head then she deserves an acting aware even more for such a convincing mask of joy. (and I will be extra sad)

  • ChaCha_70

    I recently watched a Hollywood Reporter roundtable featuring 2014 Oscar nominated actresses. I initially watched it to listen to Lupita (who I have a mad crush on – but who doesn’t?) but Emma literally stole the show. She’s fucking hilarious. I love her even more now.

    • irielle

      I saw her in person fielding questions from little kids while she was promoting that last Nanny McPhee movie and book. She’s just as warm and funny in person as she seems in movies and interviews. Her comic timing is super!

      • Loramir

        I just listened to her commentary on the Sense & Sensibility DVD. It’s both hilarious and insightful. I love her to bits.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          I’m having lots of trouble dealing with the fact that the film is almost 20 years old. What the hell happened to 20 years!!!

        • Winter_White

          She published a journal she kept while making S&S — have you seen it? Her writing is exactly as funny and smart as you’d expect. I also adored her in the movie Wit, which I have yet to convince even one person to watch. (Once they learn that she plays a dying cancer patient, they decline — nobody wants to see Emma Thompson in any sort of distress!) Which is a shame, because she’s wonderful in that film.

          • littlemac8

            Hello Winter-White! I’ve seen Wit. I think it was a play and then they made a movie. She was fabulous and I’d completely forgotten about it and how good she was in it. It would bear a second viewing. Thanks for reminding me!

          • Winter_White

            Hi, littlemac8 … you’re welcome, and I hope your comment will inspire some otherwise-reluctant fan(s) of Emma to see it! The scene in which Eileen Atkins reads aloud to her — I won’t spoil what exactly she reads — is burned in my heart forever.

          • SpillinTea

            Her and Audra deserved ALL the awards for that movie. And yes, that scene with Ms Atkins reading to her…SOBBING. I won’t lie, I just got a tear remembering it.

          • Janice Bartels

            She is amazing in that film!

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I just finished watching the roundtable – thank you so much for recommending it! Funny, moving, thoughtful – what an absolute privilege to spend some time with those women. And yes, Emma Thompson is an absolute hoot.

      In thanks for your recommendation I offer this in return, Emma’s mum, Phyllida Law, published a wee book a while back called Notes to my Mother-in-Law which will make you laugh until you cry and then it’ll make you cry again. It’s quite short, everyone I know has read it in one sitting pretty much but it’s beautiful and brilliant and full of love.

      • ChaCha_70

        Thanks so much for the recommendation! I look forward to reading it. I’m glad you also enjoy the round table. Fascinating women indeed!

      • LittleKarnak

        Thanks for the rec! Just downloaded it, looks hilarious!!

    • Hetha Innis

      I just watched that as well and for the same Lupita crush reason! Emma was absolutely hysterical! None of the others could keep a straight face! She’s so fucking smart and fun, totally adore her!

  • jw_ny

    oh boy… Emma is not going to like seeing that one pic of her in the gown posted all over the internet! The color and style are good on her, but yes…too tight! Perhaps some shape wear would’ve helped. To pull off wearing a coat like that, she needed some killer movie star diva posing…crazy fun aunt ain’t quite pulling it off.


  • Frank_821

    This is a be her moment. hell it’s a be her personal assistant moment

  • @Biting Panda

    Gah, how utterly fantastic is she? Of course there are corrections to be made, but that is usually the case with her. As much as Uncles have taught us to remember that OZ is just an illusion, and to always look behind the curtain, I very much buy what she is selling. She is earthy, she is endearing, she is the one you most want to be real, actual, friends with. And if she isn’t – I will fuck up the person who shows me otherwise.

    • Sarah

      My cousin’s wife is a drop-dead gorgeous, leggy blonde. When they got married, I was literally in awe of her, and wondered how he managed to land such a beauty (he’s not bad, but she seemed too fine for our hard-drinkin’ gene pool). Over the years, I’ve realized that she tends to have a hair or two out of place, the seams on her skirt are twisted, her tag is hanging out, or there’s just a tiny bit of lipstick on her tooth. This makes me think A. I like her much better than I expected to and B. She is so much more beautiful that way. It is in that vein that I totally forgive ET’s smidge-too-tight dress and cheapish-Cruella coat. Party on, Ms. Thompson.

      • marlie

        Those little flaws make her attainable. She’s still beautiful, but there’s still something “normal” about her.

        • DebbieLovesShoes


    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Well said!

  • Madeline Zappala

    have to strongly disagree with you about the jacket. i COVET

  • I want to go dancing with her. In any century, because she has played roles across most of them and rocked *all* the centuries.

  • KinoEye

    On a past Emma Thompson post, someone (might have been the uncles themselves; can’t recall) referred to her as the crazy British aunt everyone wants to hang out with. One of the few things I miss about my ex-boyfriend was his extended British family, which included a loopy aunt who I still love to death. So I unreservedly love her, too-tight dress and all.

  • Alyssa

    I just adore her. She always looks like she’s having fun, and she seems like she’d be a hoot to be around.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    The fit on that dress is regrettable, but she looks fabulous from her rack up. Given that she was in a Disney movie, how much would you DIE if that ugly bathmat collar were Dalmatian print! Now I would be LIVING for that.

  • Ashley Ellen Wilson

    She’s definitely on my list of “Persons I Would Lunch With” LURVE her. And even if this isn’t a WERQ, she looks like she’s enjoying herself, and really, what’s the point otherwise??

  • crash1212

    My only quibble is the fit through the hips. Just a skosh bigger and this would’ve been a WERQ for Emma. It’s a beautiful dress and fit issues aside, she looks great in it. I think the coat is perfect!

  • Just Me

    ok. I love her. I really do. I love her so much that I am going to recommend that she call Auntie O for her the deets on her undergarments lady. This would have looked a lot better with good foundation garments. It is a great color and she wears it well.

  • Betsy

    I want to be her friend. My latest favorite thing about her is that she wrote “Yes I am” in the Firm column of an NPR security sign-in book.

  • kat89

    I love her. Yes the dress is too tight and the coat looks cheap, but I really want her to be my BFF.

  • Sofia Bentivoglio

    i actually like the fact that the dress is a little tight on her hips because it shows her natural shape. i don’t think it would look good if the dress were pulling across someone’s tummy, and hers is flat, but i do think there is something – dare i say it – sensuous about the way her hips and the tops of her thighs are showing, especially since she is totally covered except for her arms (which are beautifully toned). must we be smoothed out to perfection all the time, everywhere, no matter what?

    • Aidan B

      Agreed! I kind of love her for not wearing shapewear, especially given the recent headlines about the damage it can do to your internal organs. She’s comfortable and still looks fab. What’s not to love?

  • Be Her. Partly so I can Do Her husband. Did you see the family pics last night? So adorable, all four of them!

    ETA Oh! This is Maria Grachvogel! I confess I associate her with fairly cheap-looking plus size clothes. I should reevaluate my opinions.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I have always loved that in real life Emma ended up with Greg Wise!

  • MzzPants

    Great hair!

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love this woman!

  • fananafanafophalec

    prompted me to “oh that’s lovely” in exactly the complementary but still vaguely disparaging way I imagine all the posh british ladies she plays would have

  • MilaXX

    I adore her. Make that coat in black and let that dress out about an inch and we’re good.

  • bellafigura1

    Her hair looks great.

  • Betsy

    She’s the crazy aunt I always wished I had and she can do no wrong!

  • Anna

    She’s high up on my list of celebs I’d love to go out for a drunken girls’ night out with. She’s having a blast and I can’t hate.

  • cocohall

    I do love the fact that her character in Saving Mr. Banks forbade red. From any part of Mary Poppins. So naturally Emma would wear red to the BAFTAs. And I bet that in person, the dress looks form-fitting but not quite so tight. Flashbulbs just magnify any tiny issue. I’m about Ms. Emma’s age and if I had a body that looked that amazing, I would be strutting it too! You rock it out, girl!

  • That hair is the perfect mix of daffy and glamorous for Emma Thompson.

  • Danielle

    Shine on, you crazy diamond <3

    • KinoEye

      Love both the Floyd reference and the general sentiment 🙂

  • The Versatile Chef

    Wow. If they ever do a Hillary Clinton bio-pic…

  • joything

    She kind of looks like her character Susan Stanton, from “Primary Colors” – where “Susan” was really “Hillary” and John Travolta’s “Jack Stanton” was really “Bill.”

  • Joan

    Why is it sooo long on her? The dress needs a hem! Did she take her shoes off or something?

    • Gatto Nero

      She’s been known to do that lately, in protest against the pain of stilettos.

  • MissusBee

    Maybe as well as Be Me/Do Me, we need a corollary of ‘drink shots with me and exchange random lifestyle tips and indiscreet, profanity-littered stories’, because Miss Em certainly brings that to the table in spades. In fact, forget booze – I’d happily sit in her kitchen and sip coffee while she segues from scurrilous on-set anecdotes to complaints about her wheelie bins. You just know she’s entertaining, no matter what the topic. Also, anyone who is so committed to good causes, yet doesn’t take themselves all that seriously, yet is scary smart and blindingly talented, is a rarity, no matter how you look at it.

    Yes, I know we are here for the fancy clothes, but if attitude could get a WERQ: this lady. Amen.

    • Courtney

      Be Me, Do Me, or Dish With Me?

      • MissusBee

        Nailed it.

  • Anita Berlanga

    I love her beyond all loving!

  • E. D.

    I wish the dress actually fit.

  • CPK1

    she is the coolest. I do so want to BE HER!! Love the hair. Not feeling the coat (bathmat sums it up perfectly) or the too tight dress. I was reading something about stylist in Vanity Fair and it said that the dress must always be super fitted as volume is not your friend. But here a little volume would have been nice. PS the whole time I read the article I had TLo in my head!

  • All true, but I really love her hair here.

  • CeeQ

    I love her so much. I wish she were my Aunt on my mother’s side who taught me the best way to inhale without coughing and also keeps hinting at a wild fling she had when she taught Lithuanian basket weaving at the community center that one summer.

  • Sunraya

    I’m glad she didn’t wear Spanx. Screw it, I can see her saying. Who needs that uncomfortable shit?

    Yay for her!!

    • Gatto Nero

      I love that she didn’t wear Spanx, too. No one should be a slave to that stuff.
      But I do wish the dress fit her better in the hips. She’d be more comfortable in it, too.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Emma does looks so happy, and I life her hairt here. She’s another one that I’d just love to sit down with with a good bottle of wine and dish.

  • Columbinia

    Where the heck is Emma’s stylist? A dress in the right size should be a given.

  • quiltrx

    I vote that, when she reaches “a certain age”, Emma should be a rather-more-youthful-than-usual Miss Marple. She has that glimmer in her eye!

  • Clash D

    Love her but she needs to Spanx it up. The coat and dress don’t belong together.

  • boweryboy

    She needs better support garments. She isn’t wearing Commes des Garçons. Her body shouldn’t look lumpy.

  • katiessh

    i don’t think the dress looks cheap, the pulling just kills me. and it only needs to be the tiniest bit looser. i love the cruella element, but the possibility it’s real fur does ruin it for me a little

    • Corsetmaker

      Doubt it, it looks about as fake as fake to me. Also she doesn’t strike me as someone that would wear fur anyway. It appears to be slower in regaining acceptability here in the UK too. It’s rarely seen. Even the LFW catwalks have far, far less fur than NYFW.

    • I’m so certain it’s fake. It looks like cheap teddybear plush.

  • Corsetmaker

    Love her, love her attitude 🙂 The dress is fine, could’ve been a little looser in the skirt but it’s not bad. She looks like a normal woman at a do, which is why she’s so likeable.

  • Beardslee

    Emma is so great, isn’t she? And while I don’t like the coat much, I give her full credit for dressing for a wintertime event. All those strapless dresses, brr!

  • formerlyAnon

    She is totally a “Be Her” for me. And it’s the energy and intelligence she brings to her public appearances, not so much any endorsement of the ensembles. (I can see making the same choices, but I can also see being hounded by my people, if I had any, to find a stylist and listen to him/her. She needed to listen to someone who knew how that dress would photograph and knew she needed to at least let it out in the hips, if not go up a whole size and take it in if/where needed.)

    • I feel like she was probably too busy making sure her kids had the right clothes on and somebody had walked the dog to get her own details right.

      • formerlyAnon

        And I pretty much know that she couldn’t do her life if she didn’t have a person or a system for covering stuff like that, but the impression she gives that SHE is the person, or at least is still monitoring everything personally, is part of her charm for me, in my role as part of the the Great Unwashed.

        • Oh definitely, it is just the persona she projects. I completely imagine her making the lobster costumes for the Christmas pageant.

          • sweetlilvoice

            “There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?” One of the best lines ever.

  • Therese Bohn

    I immediately thought Cruella DeVil on the coat! But at least she’s warm, and very very happy! Carry on Emma! 🙂

  • Sam Erin

    She needs to flip through the pages of Oprah’s Guide to Mastering the Proper Undergarment.
    (If only it were a true publication, am i right?)

    I die for that coat, though.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I love that first photo. She looks radiant. There is absolutely nothing about the look I really like, but I enjoy her so much that I don’t care. She’s a beauty.

  • Kent Roby

    That first photo is cracking me up, she is serving up ANTM Cover Girl beauty shot realness!

  • Gatto Nero

    Love her to death.

  • bouionice

    I love her but seriously, the proper undergarments would have gone a long way towards helping this look.

  • suzq

    Ooo…I’ve got those same saddlebags and I’m trying like hell to get rid of them. I also try not to wear too tight dresses.

  • H2olovngrl

    She breaks my heart in Love, Actually. CURSE YOU, ALAN RICKMAN!!!