Emma Thompson in Maria Grachvogel at the 2014 Jameson Empire Film Awards

Posted on April 01, 2014

Y’know? That wacky English aunt is getting a hell of a lot better at dressing up lately.


Emma-Thompson-Jameson-Empire-Awards-2014-Maria-Grachvogel-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Emma Thompson attends the 2014 Jameson Empire Film Awards in a Maria Grachvogel ivory sleeveless dress.

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Emma-Thompson-Jameson-Empire-Awards-2014-Maria-Grachvogel-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Maria Grachvogel Fall 2014 Collection

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It’s still too tight – like almost everything she wears – and she still hasn’t learned the importance of eschewing footwear that causes pain visible from ten feet away, but her polish is off the charts. If we didn’t know better, we’d swear she was gunning for a major award, except awards season is pretty much over (sorry, Empire Awards). Bear in mind she dressed like this less than a month ago. It’s like someone took her by the shoulders and said, “Emma, Emma, Emma. You can do so much better, darling.”

We would like to shake that no doubt kindly queen’s hand.

Granted, this is a little dull and Miss Emma has more than made it clear that she likes to dress, well, wacky, so we’d hate to see a dampening of her spirits, so to speak. But this is a step in the right direction. Her kindly queen will take her by the hand and slowly teach her about pattern and color, we’re sure. We hope.



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  • Counterpoint

    She got the most awesome accessory – her personality, so all is good with me.

  • Emily Giovanni

    Man, that background is scroll-down dizzying. Also, “wacky English aunt” is the perfect Emma Thompson descriptor.

    • 3boysful

      Every time I glance at that backdrop, I see the Papa John’s pizza logo.

  • carnush

    Pointy pump, sparkly clutch. DONE.

  • jw_ny

    Emma is fun and vivacious…this dress is not. It’s the complete opposite. I’d rather see her in her whacky outfits, or, preferably, nearer to there than what she is wearing here.

  • Danielle

    She’s giving a thumbs up, so I give her a thumbs up.

  • colleenjanel

    I think we need to throw in Ms. Roberts or Ms. Stone for a Tuesday morning Emma Trifecta.
    (I never realized how many Emmas we have going these days!)

    • Wendi126

      If all the Emmas, Jennifers and Kates left Hollywood all that would be left is Tilda

      • Vtg Fashion Library

        I’d be ok with that, but you’d have to include HBC too.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    she looks like the only accessory she is missing is a nice glass of champagne and she would be good to go, bless her little heart.

  • Luv. Huh.

  • kmk05

    Hate the shoes and the clutch, but by god is everything else working x1000.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Those shoes are UGLY.

  • luludexter

    hate the shoes – love the hair and dress – she looks lovely.

  • alyce1213

    This is very presentable, except the shooves.

    • Kitten Mittons

      I love that word.

  • Anna

    My favourite Wacky English Aunt can do no wrong, whether she feels like going full-on wack or is in the mood to class it up. I want to go out for pizza and beer with her either way.

    • leahpapa

      I would take high-IQ, erudite, witty Emma in an ill-fitting Juicy velour jumpsuit with guacamole stains any day of the week over a vapid, vacuous, perfectly styled celebritwit.

      • Anna

        THIS. Abso-fucking-lutely.

  • I suppose I could google her and I’m sure I’ve seen her in movies or something, but I have no idea who she is.

    • MikeW_Vegas

      This is Nanny McPhee.. Also P.L. Travers from Saving Mr. Banks

      • The fact that she is Nanny McPhee shocks and surprises me the most.

    • jw_ny

      You will most probably be surprised at how many movies she’s been in, and likely many that you’ve seen. I fell in love with her in Much Ado About Nothing…

      • Sophie

        Me too! That was actually the first film I saw her in. The second one was Nanny McPhee and I was so disappointed…

        • jw_ny

          oh…I liked Nanny McPhee. I had already seen a few of her other films (Howard’s End, Peter’s Friends, S & S, to name a few) and knew she was a brilliant actress. NP was just a silly little departure from her more dramatic rolls…which I thought she was brilliant in too. 🙂

          • Sophie

            I saw it at the wrong age… When I considered myself above silly films. Besides, it was the first time I saw Colin Firth in a film, and I had hoped much more of him, since my mother is a huge fan. I might watch it again one day, but I’d rather watch Much Ado About Nothing for the hundredth time.

          • Wendi126

            Emma wrote the NP screenplay in addition to starring.

      • Kathy

        The first time I saw her was in Henry V with then-hubby Branagh. I’ve admired her always since then, even though some of the roles weren’t the best.

    • KinoEye

      Love, Actually, as Alan Rickman’s wife. Some of the best acting I’ve ever seen in a light-hearted romantic comedy.

    • Anna

      Angels in America, Elinor in Sense and Sensibility, Professor Trelawney in Harry Potter, among many others.

    • Sarah

      Stranger Than Fiction!

      • cocohall

        She is fantastic in that movie, and Will Ferrell is surprisingly good. Plus Dustin Hoffman. She was in another film with Dustin as an unlikely couple who come together while Dustin is in London for his daughter’s wedding. The name escapes me, but the two of them are such pros.

        • Sarah

          Last Chance Harvey. And yeah, Will Ferrell IS good in STF. I don’t think people are aware of his true range.

    • Oh wow. I’ve seen most of those movies and never noticed her. I will have to give some of them a re-watch. She must be one of those actresses who disappears completely into their roles – my favorite kind.

      Thanks BKs!

      • shirab

        Also, she’s been brunette in almost every movie, if not all of them. Maybe that’s throwing you off? This hair color is very new. I think I would have preferred if she’d gone a more natural silver route, but I guess it’s Hollywood after all…

    • 3boysful

      Actually, a movie I love that no one has mentioned is Dead Again. She’s in it with Kenneth Branagh and the swoon-worthy Andy Garcia.

    • MissusBee

      She is an Oscar winner for acting AND screenwriting. And was in Harry Potter and Love Actually (best thing in a bleh movie if you ask me). If you want to see an early Emma, check out The Tall Guy, where she is opposite an early (ie hot) Jeff Goldblum. It’s a comedy. It is funny.

  • deelup

    She really does have quite a lovely figure. I can’t figure out how the clothes are always so poorly fitted.

  • Boobs Radley

    The fit is a little off and I’d love to see some color, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. Hopefully the kindly queen will show her how to marry elegance with “wacky aunt”.

  • MarissaLG

    Those bangs are NOT cute.

  • R.A.

    It’s impossible not to like her.

  • What I want to know is, when are the British Emma’s (Thomson and Watson) going to play some dramatic Mother/Daughter duo on stage or screen?

  • KinoEye

    Two lovely Emmas wearing white today. I guess they got the memo. I like this, but would prefer something a little more wackadoo than plain white. We’ll get there, though. And BURN THE SHOOVES.

    • decormaven

      Burn with fire indeed.

  • StillGary

    Wow that first picture did not look like her at all — I thought Sharon Stone or Virginia Madsen … why am I getting older and Emma Thompson is getting younger?

    • Imasewsure


  • formerlyAnon

    With better shoes and without the pull across the belly, I’d give her an understated werq for this. Of course, it’s the grin – and the knowledge that she’s got a respectable brain behind the grin – that really sells me, no matter what she’s wearing.

  • MilaXX

    If she would dump the Minnie mouse pumps all would be well in the world.

  • KES4K

    Mom hair and terrible shoes. She seems like so much fun, you think she’d have more joie de vivre with her clothes, would you?!

  • msdamselfly

    She looks great-genuinely happy

  • Pablo

    HATE the hair, too 80’s for me

  • SugarSnap108

    Keep the Emmas coming. They elevate plain white dresses. (I’m just ignoring the awful shoes and … menu? she’s holding.)

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    Look at that smile on her face. Miss Emma has no fucks left to give and that, my friends, is really the best accessory of all.

    • demidaemon


  • Zippypie

    God, I want to party with this woman!!!

  • CatherineRhodes

    I just watched “Saving Mr. Banks” which I really loved. Surprise, surprise, it’s a great movie, and she’s great in it.

  • Sophie

    The dress can barely contain her glee. Much as I like simple garments and her earrings, I prefer her when she dresses as a wacky aunt.

  • Cheryl

    I adore her, and prefer her wacky, but a smidge shorter and another smidge not so tight, would have been nice, albeit still a little dull. Thank goodness her not dull at all personality shines through. I bet she’s craving a doughnaught.

  • Qitkat

    Another simple white dress for an Emma today. This one can do better. However, I look forward to her posts, much in the same way as i do those of Chloe’s altars, and others do for Tilda and HBC.
    Miss Emma Thompson has such Joie de Vivre in almost her every photo. I’ll have what she’s having!

  • Beardslee

    Not an interesting dress or a great color on her. Thank goodness for her personality to provide the sparkle.

  • Saturnine

    Now I want a Krispy Kreme donut. Dammit!

  • Gatto Nero

    It may not be worthy of her, but this simple dress is still miles better than all else she’s been appearing in lately. And the hair is much improved. The lowlights are a little harshly done, but they soften the platinum, and the style is better.
    But her smile makes up for everything.

  • TinaBelchersawkwardmoan

    I’m just imagining Dame Helen calling and saying, “Emma, dear, you’re too gorgeous to look such a mess. Let me send round someone to fix you up.”

  • melanie0866

    Her head looks SO good, and the dress is pretty great, so I’ll forgive her the heavy, dark shoes.

  • marlie

    Attagirl, Aunt Emma! Pretty great, though there are some minor quibbles that the uncles mentioned. I don’t love her hair, and I wish there was color somewhere, but this is definitely an improvement for her!

  • Sunraya

    Every time I see her picture, all smiling and joyous, I smile, too. Can’t beat that.

    And maybe her clothes are always a smidge too tight because while she is thin, she’s not reed thin, like many other actresses, and if she borrows her clothes, I don’t think they let them take them out. I’ve noticed a lot of middle aged actresses wearing gowns and dresses too tight. After childbearing, and 50, our bodies do change, unless you devote your life to keeping in shape.

    She looks gorgeous, regardless! Love her!

  • quiltrx

    I really like her hair here. She always seems so joyful–like a really fun person to be around.

  • altissima

    Love the dress, hair and earrings are gorgeous, and the clutch is fine. But her best accessory, as always, is her fabulous smile.

  • This reminds me of some of the stuff Princess Diana wore in the last couple of years of her life. Obviously, Diana was younger than Aunty Em, but I think it’s a pretty good model for her – conservative, simple, well-tailored.

    • Slowfish57

      Diana was only 2 years younger than Emma. Weird to think about, huh?

      • Well yes, but I meant Diana was dressing like this at 36 and Emma is in her 50s. But because of Diana’s position, she dressed in a way that most 36 year olds would consider a bit mature.

  • enuma

    She is the ying to Helena Bonham-Carter’s yang. The wacky English aunt to Helena’s scary English aunt. God, what I wouldn’t give to do Christmas with the both of them.

  • Kelly

    I like the idea of this dress better than the reality, at least on ET. The fact that it’s too small and too tight really detracts from the basic elegance of the dress. And the too-dark, clodhopper shoes are a big mistake.